Black soldier flies mating helps food supply

At the company on North Walnut Street, insects mate in cages in an area called the “love shack.” Barry White plays on a constant loop as they mate.

This is not a weird science experiment or an obscure hobby. This is an eco-friendly business.

EnviroFlight uses the larvae of the flies to help cultivate the nutrients in food waste products. The larvae and the converted waste product are fed to farm-raised fish or other animals.

“We can actually take an insect, raise it, and its fat and protein structure looks like a wild-caught fish, which is the foundation for our aqua-culture diets and our early-stage pig starter diets,” said Glen Courtright, founder and CEO. “We’ve taken the ocean out of the equation.”

The company uses waste from breweries, ethanol production and other pre-consumer products as feedstock for the flies. EnviroFlight keeps the products from ending up in a landfill.

The larvae consume and convert the waste products, resulting in a high-protein, low-fat feed for fish and poultry, swine and cattle.

The larvae also are cooked, dried and converted into a meal that provides 40 percent protein and 46 percent fat, the company said. The insects also help provide omega-3 fatty acids.

The company said its products and breeding and nursery systems will help reduce the financial and environmental costs of the food supply, while producing nutrients in a “socially responsible way.”

The company is helping turn waste into feed-replacement alternatives that are environmentally sustainable.

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