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Farmed insects could provide feed for livestock
Paula Park
28 September 2012 | EN

Common house flies (Musca domestica) may be a cheap and sustainable source of feed for farm animals, according to a scientist and an entrepreneur.

The flies, whose larvae can be bred, nurtured and ground into granules, provide roughly the same amount of edible protein as fish meal and other widely used protein sources, said entrepreneur Jason Drew.

Drew's book, The Story of the Fly and How it Could Save the World, launched in London, United Kingdom, last week, argues that the insect's larvae should be farmed commercially to provide protein for farmed fish and animals to feed the world's growing population.

Commercially bred flies can live on slaughterhouse or distillery waste, rather than on foods that could be processed and sold to humans, which also makes them environmentally sound, he said.

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How many bacterial/viral nightmares might this unleash? If there are so many people we need to do this to feed them, maybe there are too many people. But then again, our ancestors supplemented their diet with slugs and grubs. Today people eat snails, grasshoppers, rice bugs and the like, maybe this isn't so far fetched. Do I have any offers for some fly puree to put on your bagel, our should we leave this for the lower part of the food chain?

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