Each year in the UK, more than one third of all food purchased ends up as food waste. This represents £13 billion of lost value, and mostly ends up as landfill – by far the most expensive and least sustainable solution.
Entomics’ response is to transform food waste into three sustainable ‘fuels’ for plants, animals and vehicles, by using an insect called the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) as the conversion catalyst. BSF larvae reduce food waste volume by 95% during a rapid 14-day growing cycle, exceeding the efficiency of all current food waste disposal approaches and substantially reducing carbon emissions.
The larvae synthesize complex proteins and fats inside their bodies, which are separated using Entomics’ novel extraction method, and turned into high-protein animal feed and bio-oil products. There is also a natural compound that comes out of the system called ‘frass’, which acts as an organic fertilizer. The products arising from this circular ‘waste to resources’ model address existing Indirect Landuse Change (ILUC) concerns linked to unsustainable production and consumption patterns within each industry.
Overall, this is a significant positive disruption to the current food waste landscape, and an innovative way of turning waste into resources.