Industrial application of black soldier fly to convert food waste into insect protein - new market opportunities


Insect protein has long been touted as a sustainable food source without becoming mainstream. In recent years, however, there has been a growing interest in insects as an ingredient in animal food.


Of course, these insect proteins are not directly turned into food for humans, but rather as feed for animals. More and more factories are feeding black soldier fly with animal feces or household waste, which are then converted into food for pets, poultry and fish.


Black soldier fly can grow on just about any food waste, animal feces, and waste you can imagine, and when black soldier fly eat food waste, they are essentially acting as "mini-bioreactors" that can convert it into a specific product, namely insect proteins or fats. These proteins or fats can easily be processed to formulate feed and food for animals, and the insect waste is also a natural organic fertilizer. At the same time, these micro-bioreactors are very inexpensive and you don't need to use as much energy, which is very sustainable.


Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat producers in the U.S., is investing in the insect protein field. He believes that the insect ingredient market has very attractive growth characteristics, and that getting value from waste not only disposes of waste and reduces the environmental burden, but also provides a greater source of income, and the whole system is sustainable.


According to a report by Rabobank, "Demand for insect protein, mainly as an ingredient in animal feed and pet food, could reach 500,000 metric tons by 2030, compared to the current market size of about 10,000 metric tons." It can be seen that the development space and demand for insect protein field is very large, and there will be more and more enterprises entering this field.


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