Saving the world...with fly larvae?
Fly farmer & co-founder of AgriProtein, Jason Drew, talks about creating a new kind of animal protein using fly larvae & discusses how he hopes to save the world with it.
After deciding to drop the corporate world for fly farming, Drew wrote a book about the wonderful benefits that could be wrought by creating a new kind of animal protein using fly larvae.
Now, seven years later, following many stages, AgriProtein houses around 9 billion flies at a farm near Philippe, Cape Town.
"At first, we had to prove the use of the fly protein in things like fish and chicken feed, and much abidingly, that's what fish have always eaten," says Drew.
He says all AgriProtein is doing is creating an entirely sustainable, natural source of protein to put into industrial farming operations.
"We take waste that would otherwise go to landfill, take out the organic faction, and divert that, as nature would, back into protein."
Drew says this is basically called 'nutrient recycling'.
"We're taking nutrients we've thrown away, and put it back into the system. It's closing a loop in business."
Drew says the AgriProtein factory is a large scale one and is over 9,000 square metres in size
"It's the same size as the flight deck of an aircraft carrier."
The factory has cages in a bio-secure environment where the flies are 'grown'.
"We take the eggs out of the cages and mix them with the waste that is delivered from all over Cape Town."
Drew hopes to save the world with this concept and take the idea everywhere.
(Article by Tamsin Wort)