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
Right Thing for a Wrong Reason It is very common to hear that insect farming should be promoted because it will help feeding rapidly growing human population. I believe that this argument is misleading. While the human population is still technically growing, birth rates are plummeting all over the world (e.g., https://www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-plummeting-fertility-rate/). Therefore, we are …Read More
The Healing Power of Black Soldier Fly A group of Korean researchers was able to cure tummy ache in laboratory mice by feeding them fermented black soldier fly larvae. There is a lot of interest in antimicrobial properties in black soldier flies and identifying biologically active compounds that may be responsible for these properties. However, …Read More
Quail Tale (of Caution) More evidence that while complete replacement of other ingredients with black soldier flies may work in some cases, it is not necessarily the best approach. in Japanese quail, complete replacement of corn oil with black soldier fly oil reduced diversity of gut microbiota, which is a bad thing. Partial replacement was …Read More
Even Better News on Aquafeeds Not only does black soldier fly provide a great source of nutrition for rainbow trout, but also it boost’s trout immunity. Needless too say, this is great news for aquaculture. Sayramoğlu, H., Öztürk, R.C., Ustaoglu, D., Terzi, Y., Yandi, I., Kayis, S., Capkin, E. and Altinok, I., 2023. Effects of …Read More
Even More Good News on Aquafeeds Results of small-scale laboratory studies do not necessarily directly translate to industrial scale. If something works in a flask, it does not necessarily work in 10,000 gallon tank. Fortunately, a recent paper reported successful addition of black soldier fly meal to salmon feed on a commercial scale. Eide, L.H., …Read More
More Good News on Aquafeeds Black soldier fly products may serve as a great component of animal fee. However, in many, if not most, cases, it is only a partial replacement for other animal feed ingredients, such as fish meal. Bringing black soldier fly content above certain percentage decreases performance of the animals that feed …Read More
Potato Relevance This is the last post about potatoes for now, I promise. However, it is worth saying that not only do potatoes teach an important lesson on the acceptance of novel foods, but also they can be consumed by black soldier flies. This opens a possibility to recycle potato waste by feeding them to …Read More
No Small Potatoes. Part III. Not all lessons that can be learned by insect farming community from potato farming community are positive. Unfortunately, the tragedy of the Irish Potato Famine is something that should also be kept in mind. Otherwise, there is a real danger of running into serious problems in the future. Wide acceptance …Read More
It’s a Wasp against a Fly One of the many advantages of farming black soldier fly larvae is that, so far, they appear to have relatively few natural enemies. This is different, for example, from crickets, which are prone to be wiped out by viral diseases. Such a situation is not surprising because black soldier …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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