Overfishing of Feeder Fish for Fish Meal is Decimating Populations. There’s a Solution.
A Solution that’s also a Green Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Use grocery store and restaurant food waste to grow high protein fish feed
Are you looking for a new green venture? Consider growing Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae to be sold as a high protein fish food.
Your business will help with two problems we face today. As global warming increases and our population grows (by as much as 50% over the next 50 years) our way of life, and possibly our very existence, is threatened. Your business can be part of the solution.
Problem #1: Food waste in landfills is a significant cause of methane gas. It’s said that up to 40% of the food in America ends up in the dump. This business venture can help reduce the food waste that ends up in landfills and turn it into high protein fish feed, replacing fishmeal.
Problem #2: Fishmeal. Producing fishmeal is decimating feeder fish populations like mackerel, sardines, and herring. On top of this over-fishing being an environmental catastrophe, it’s also forcing the cost of fishmeal to continually rise.
Farm Black Soldier Flies
Farming Black Soldier Flies is a solution that reduces the overfishing of feeder fish, promotes healthy seafood, keeps food waste out of landfills, and can generate an income for an astute entrepreneur.
This is an excellent venture for someone who wants to do well by doing good. You don’t need a degree, and you don’t need to spend a fortune to begin farming Black Soldier Flies.
Here are a few fun BSF facts:
- A female Black Soldier Fly can lay over 500 eggs during her short six to eight week lifetime
- Black Soldier Fly larvae eat over twice their weight in food waste every day
- Black Soldier Fly larvae as feed provide over 40% protein
- Black Soldier Fly frass (poop) is an excellent fertilizer
- The Black Soldier Fly has an incredible food/food ratio of better than 2:1
Feed is a significant cost on any farm, but with Black Soldier Flies, feed for your farm is obtained from food waste currently being thrown out. Your local grocery stores and restaurants will probably embrace your venture and let you have whatever food waste you need for a very low cost or even free.
Of course, there’s a lot more to this business than getting low-cost feed. For many, the first concern is financing. Because this project resolves problems with food waste in landfills, your local municipality may help you find the financing needed for your project. As a green, sustainable business, it’s a great candidate for grants as well.
This article was written to pique interest. Since this is a natural solution to reducing organic matter in landfills and reducing the over-fishing of feeder fish, I thought that this article was a good avenue to spread the word.
If you’re of the entrepreneurial mind, you probably have a lot more quests. The links below are a good place to start.
For an overview of the Black Soldier Fly, Here’s a University of Florida overview: Black Soldier Fly: Hermetia illucens
For a sample business plan: Black Soldier Fly Farming Business Plan Template
For an in-depth read on insects for food and feed, check out the UN’s FAO publication “Edible Insects — Future prospects for food and feed security.”