AgriProtein: Turning Food Waste Back Into Food

Problem:

Protein for livestock production has become very expensive and has severe environmental implications to produce: producing agricultural protein uses a lot of land space and energy, and any protein derived from fish meal has serious marine life impacts.

Technology:

AgriProtein uses food waste to harvest fly larvae, which eats the food waste during the process, and turn it into agricultural protein. Before the larvae becoming flies, they are harvested and turned into “MagMeal” which is then delivered to chicken and fish farms.

This not only provides a cheaper form of agricultural protein but also helps to eliminate the amount of garbage wasted. As we currently waste roughly one-third (1.3 billion tonnes) of waste per year (FAO), the supply of raw materials for this technology is also abundant.

Stakeholders:

  • chicken and fish producers (customers)
  • investors
  • engineers (of technology)
  • Restaurants/Retailers/ Farms who are disposing of food waste (suppliers)

Implementation:

  • Increase funding to expand these fly farms around the world
  • Locate in areas near both chicken/fish farms as well as near large retailers to reduce transportation costs.
  • Develop strong relations with restaurants/retailers/ farms etc. who are looking to dispose of their food waste as well as with chicken/fish farms (who may also provide a source for additional food waste if an of their products die on the farm.)
  • Educate chicken and fish farmers on the benefits of this protein
    • since the chicken in the chicken industry are typically owned by the large integrators (i.e. Tysons, Perdue etc.) who have a large say in what their products eat, this step may also include educating the large companies on the benefits of AgriProtein.

Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/jason-drew-magmeal-farm-in-south-africa-2015-2?r=UK&IR=T

http://agriprotein.com

FAO: http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/

 

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One thought on “AgriProtein: Turning Food Waste Back Into Food

  1. When you solve two problems with the same solution you amplify the benefits. The technology of converting organic waste to new food for feeding livestock by using a natural process is amazing. Opening a new fly farm costs approximately $8 Million USD, but with low operational costs and a safe way to dispose of organic waste, it would be cheaper than other waste-disposal alternatives. Additionally, the MagMeal is reducing the number of animals being raised to feed other animals. Animal husbandry is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases so there is a great environmental benefit to be had. Excellent find.

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