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
Black Soldier Flies Digest Antibiotics Or, to be more precise, bacteria associated with black soldier flies do. This could be helpful when using black soldier flies to recycle municipal wastes, which are likely to contain antibiotic residues. Xia, J., Ge, C. and Yao, H., 2024. Identification of functional microflora underlying the biodegradation of sulfadiazine-contaminated substrates …Read More
Allergy to Black Soldier Flies Food safety is always a consideration, but it may be particularly important for novel foods. General recommendation is that people who are allergic to shellfish should be concerned about eating insects. Indeed, a recent study confirms cross-reactivity among black soldier flies, shrimp, and mites. This is not surprising because all …Read More
Black Soldier Flies Help Brussels Sprouts Grow It is not just about kale or mustard any more. Brussels sprouts also benefit from soil being amended by frass and cast skins from black soldier flies and other insects. van de Zande, E.M., Wantulla, M., van Loon, J.J. and Dicke, M., 2023. Soil amendment with insect frass …Read More
You Are What You Eat Part II Including black soldier fly ingredients in animal feeds may affect meat composition and quality. For giltheaded seabrim studied in the study referenced below, it changed the fatty acid profile, and not in the best possible way. Still, fillet composition stayed well within the range recommended for a healthy …Read More
Cooperation Is the Key Another recent paper demonstrates the importance of microorganisms for black soldier fly well-being. Lignocellulose, which is a major component in wood and wood-derived products, such as paper, is very difficult for animals to digest. Microorganisms, on the other hand, often can do it. Having such microorganisms in the gut may be …Read More
Everything Is Good in Moderation In many cases, ingredients derived from black soldier flies cannot completely substitute other ingredients. However, it does not mean that they should not be used at all. Study below demonstrated that adding a very small amount of black soldier fly improves growth and immune function of an aquacultured fish, golden …Read More
Black Soldier Flies Combat Antibiotic Resistance Discovery of antibiotics was one of the most important medical advances in history that is ultimately responsible for saving millions of lives. However, many pathogens have evolved resistance to antibiotics, thus rendering them ineffective. The extent of antibiotic resistance is currently reaching crisis proportions. Fortunately, black soldier flies seem …Read More
Black Soldier Flies Improve Oral Health At least in dogs, but I do not see why it would not apply to some other mammals as well. A recent study has shown that including black soldier fly component into formulated dog food had a positive effect on oral microbiota of the tested beagles and, hence, on …Read More
Big Business on Small Livestock Tyson Foods, Inc., which is one of the world’s most prominent food companies, has announced that it is forming a partnership with Protix, which is one of the largest black soldier fly growers. The deal includes direct investment through acquisition of a minority stake in Protix by Tyson and a …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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