ISPA WINNERS 2023
At the "Bugs Life" aviary in Bevagna (near Perugia) specimens of Black Soldier Flies (Hermetia Illucens) are bred in order to create protein meals and oil that can be used as a component for feed. Recently, the European Union authorized insect proteins in the diet of fish, poultry, pigs and domestic animals, and they are becoming established as regular components. Protein feedstocks for traditional feed, such as soybean meal and meat and fish by-products, are increasingly unsustainable and are competing with direct human use. Furthermore, the natural appetite of Black Soldier Fly larvae can activate new circular economy models. This is because feeding them helps dispose of large quantities of organic waste from the food industry and their digestion produces resources that can be used in either agriculture or the energy sector.