THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY
In our fight for a cleaner and healthier future, the Black Soldier Fly stands out as a front-line solution for a significant number of issues we face today. These tough little guys transform organic waste into valuable feed products at an amazing rate.
BLACK SOLDIER FLY BLOG POSTS
Circles Big and Small The circular economy is defined as a model of production and consumption that involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended. Recycling wastes is an essential practice under this approach. Black soldier flies, …Read More
Sludge Management A mix of fish carcasses, uneaten aquafeed, and fish feces does not sound very appetizing even for black soldier fly larvae. Indeed, according to a recent study they did not do particularly well on aquaculture sludge. However, mixing the sludge with other substrates significantly improved the situation. Rossi, G., Ojha, S., Müller-Belecke, A. …Read More
It’s a Bug Eat Bug World Black soldier fly larvae can be used to feed other insects, as shown by the results of two recent studies. In one of them, larval meal was fed to lady beetles, which are beneficial biological control agents eating a wide variety of agricultural pests. In the second study, ground …Read More
Good News for Aquaculture. Part V. This is not even news anymore. Yet another study showing that incorporating black soldier fly larvae into aquafeed improves fish growth and boosts fish immunity. Still, we think that it is helpful to accumulate this evidence in one place. Fatima, S., Afzal, A., Rashid, H., Iqbal, S., Zafar, R., …Read More
Don’t Spoil the Baby Larva It is common in commercial operations to rear newly hatched black soldier fly larvae in a nursery for a few days before putting them into a bioreactor. This may involve feeding them on a special diet. As shown below, however, this is not always a good idea. dos Santos, S.M., …Read More
Good News for Aquaculture. Part IV. Good news just keep coming. This time, a study has shown that basa, which is a species of cat fish with a good potential for aquaculture, grows better and has its immunity boosted when fed formulated feeds containing black soldier fly larvae. Fatima, S., Afzal, A., Aziz, K. and …Read More
Black Soldier Fly in Circular Economy Black soldier fly is a great recycler. However, this does not mean that black soldier fly farming universally fits into each and every production system in each and every area of the world. There are all kinds of considerations that need to be kept in mind. A recent paper …Read More
Safety of Farmed Black Soldier Flies Safety is always an important consideration, and especially when dealing with all things edible. Black soldier flies are no exception, especially taking into consideration what they themselves are eating. A recent article reports results of an extensive study of the safety of black soldier fly larvae reared on different …Read More
Black Soldier Flies Help with Food Coloring Lutein is a natural food colorant that also has antioxidant properties. Among other applications, it can be used to brighten poultry feathers and deepen the color of egg yolk. A recent study reports that black soldier fly larvae can bioaccumulate lutein from the substrates that they consume. Feeding …Read More
Black Soldier Fly News
New information on black soldier flies becomes available pretty much daily. Business deals are being struck, facilities are being built, original research publications appear in a wide variety of scientific journals, and news articles appear in popular mass media.
General Information on Black Soldier Flies
There's a reason that black soldier flies have created such a buzz recently. Everyone from big ag to backyard chicken farmers are realizing that black soldier flies are an innovative, inexpensive, green, and humane way to produce healthy, high-protein feed for livestock and even people. If your interest has been piqued, please explore.
Black Soldier Fly Myths and Misconceptions
As the idea of farming of black soldier flies gains track with agriculturalists, researchers, and general public, the amount of available information explodes. Much of it is valuable and contributes to further development of this technology. Some of it needs further verification. Some of it, however, is not entirely correct (or is entirely incorrect). We compiled a list of common misconceptions about this rather remarkable creature and its place in modern agriculture.
Feed Black Soldier Flies to Your Chickens
A chicken is not a penguin. Neither is it a pelican, nor a cormorant. It is not even a puffin. This does not seem like a particularly astute observation. Yet, fishmeal constitutes a considerable proportion of many commercially available chicken feeds. This creates a rather unnatural situation.
How About Green, Cruelty-Free, High Protein Food for Your Dogs and Cats?
Pets are family. There is little doubt about that. However, they belong to different biological species. Therefore, their physiology and, hence, nutritional requirements are different. They cannot have the same diet as humans do. At the same time, they should not eat garbage just because it is not fit for human consumption. Black soldier flies may help addressing this issue.
Black Soldier Flies are Reptilian Superfood
Not all pets are warm and fuzzy. Quite a few of them are on a cooler side and covered with scales. Among the insect species commonly used to feed pet reptiles, black soldier flies stand out because of their unique nutritional value. Making them a regular part of your scaly pets' diet will be highly beneficial for their health and well-being.
Black Soldier Fly Farming
So, you've decided to become a bug farmer. Friends and relatives are seriously concerned about your mental health, while the person you had been dating for a while left you for a financial industry executive. Still, this enterprise will be totally worth it in the end, as long as the right approach is taken.
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