Maggot Farming is a viable business venture on multiple levels. Maggots can process offal and then be used as feed for livestock. They have higher levels of protein than the usual soy based feed. This could greatly reduce the carbon and water footprint of the meat industry. Maggot treatment for wounds is also making a major comeback. It has been found to be especially effective on serious diabetic lesions. Furthermore, maggots are now being utilized to process human waste and can also be processed into sources of proteins, fats and chitin. The clustering of these different applications generates multiple cash flows, making the business resilient. The system is not capital intensive, allowing start up projects to quickly make a turn around.
Maggots, feed, overfishing, surgical dressings, resilient businesses, local economic development, multiple cash flows
Editor : Tara Van Ryneveld
Illustrator : Henning Brand
Photographs : The ZERI Network
Maggot Farming: Feed for Fish and Quails
Des asticots à la ferme d’essai d’AgriProtein Elsenburg©2010, ZERI
Glenn shares the vision of the Drew Brothers from South Africa: that it is time to fundamentally shift the feed business. Every ton of maggots can replace a ton of fish, caught only to feed other fish. Salmon devour three kilograms of sardines to deliver one kilogram of orange flesh. The nutritional value of sardines is higher than that of salmon but marketing has left commoners (like me, until recently) with the impression that sardines are lower in quality. The value of pelagic fish has increased over the past decade 300%; the opportunity to convert scrap food and offal into protein is attractive, from an environmental and a business point of view. Even at the small scale of production today, Glen is able to offer fish feed 16% cheaper than fish meal. He also sells the maggot scrap as high end fertilizer, earning an additional income. The Blue Economy concept is confirmed both in Africa and in North America: local, better and cheaper.
This new business model offers a distinct feature: people feel better about the product. Everything has become a commodity, and everyone is chasing the lowest price. Merely having good ideas and technology is not enough. One needs to stand out as distinctly different from the nearest competitor. This depends substantially on how people feel about the product. Do they really want to encourage overfishing, or would they rather have food without depleting our fish stocks? Similarly, investors feel differently about the business. If you have multiple revenues, then there is more income and that reduces the risk.
Maggot Farming: Treatment of Diabetic lesions
Emballages BioBag avec des asticots comme pansement©2014,Biomonde
Les asticots et leurs perspectives :
Dr. Hilderman Pedraza Vargas
Dr. Jose Contreras
The Agency realizes that this is not just the feeding of waste from cows to cows. It is now debating (1) what maggots should be allowed to eat and, (2) which animals should be permitted to eat them. Quails, for example, have always thrived on fly larvae. The American FDA is likely to be a pro-active regulator. Apart from the reluctance of
Maggots in the future:
Graphic: The Integrated Biosystem of the Songhai Center in Porto Novo (Benin)
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