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Project: Landfill, a Fly, Bioenergy and Fish Feed

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US - A bioenergy company recently submitted a grant application for a new project based on the voracious appetite of the black solider fly. According to company officials, the projects plan is to use the fly to convert locally available food scrap waste into biofuels and aquaculture feedstock.

EcoSystem Corp, the company behind the initiative, have announced that a demonstration project will be sized to convert 24,000 tonness annually of food waste into natural oils, high protein aquaculture feed, and fertilizer.

The demonstration project will be co-located with a regional waste transfer station in the greater Cincinnati-Dayton Ohio region where it will intercept and devour food waste prior to disposal in landfill."An incredible 50 per cent of all food grown, harvested, shipped, processed, sold and served for human consumption in the U.S. ends up in landfills," said Glen Courtright, CEO and President of EcoSystem.

"The amount of resources to deal with this waste is astronomical; our society is dumping nearly 26 million tonnes of food scraps into landfills each year. Today the U.S. is only recovering three percent of that waste stream. We have petitioned the U.S. DOE for grant funding in support of our efforts to streamline the flow of resources into, through and out of America's food chain to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and transportation and disposal costs by converting food wastes into concentrated feedstocks for regional animal consumption and next generation biofuel production."

The University of Arizona estimates that the adverse environmental impact of inefficient food chain including methane emissions, land fill use, soil depletion, use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides could be reduced by more than 25 per cent with landfill diversion practices. Methane is a greenhouse gas (GHG), 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.