Gross or Brilliant? Using Bugs to Feed the Animals We Eat

March 30, 2015 - At the Guangdong Entomological Institute in Guangzhou, China, researchers are reinventing both waste disposal and the food system. By feeding food scraps to the larvae of soldier flies, they are diverting waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. The fly larvae are then processed into a powder, creating a protein source that can be combined with other nutrients and pelletized into animal feed. The work is currently being done on a small scale, but those involved hope to see many facilities adopting this practice in the near future.