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How maggots can save the world and make this man millions

13 May 2015 8:29 PM

The largest farm on Earth is nearing completion in Cape Town. Its founder hopes to save the world and take this concept everywhere.

The world’s first commercial waste to protein fly farm is nearing completion in Cape Town and by “herd size” will be the largest farming operation on the planet.

Farmers will harvest the larvae of 9 billion flies to produce food for chickens, pigs and farmed fish.

This is the first of 40 such farms that are in the pipeline.

AgriProtein, the company who invented the process, rears flies on food that is past its sell-by date, manure and abattoir waste. They then harvest the larvae and dry it to create feed for livestock.

We interviewed Jason Drew, Co-Founder of AgriProtein.

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It’s what fish and chickens have always eaten! If fish were meant to eat fish they’d be called seagulls!

Jason Drew, Co-Founder of AgriProtein

Everyone that is serious about business is serious about sustainability. We call our industry “nutrient recycling”. This will be a global industry in 10 to 15 years. We can’t go on throwing away a third of the food we produce. We must stop putting organics into landfills.

Jason Drew, Co-Founder of AgriProtein

We can also reduce the need for palm oil by making soap with our product.

Jason Drew, Co-Founder of AgriProtein

13 May 2015 8:29 PM