The problems of food waste and food scarcity
Australia disposes of over 8 million tonnes of food waste annually; most of which currently ends up in landfill.
In Victoria alone, 887,000 tonnes of food waste was sent to landfill in 2015/16; contributing over 620,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. We would need to remove 148,000 cars off our roads each year to offset this.
Wasting food, by default, also wastes the resources used to grow and produce that food in the first places. Our 887,000 tonnes of food waste actually also wasted 50,000 megalitres of water - enough to sustain 2.5 million head of cattle for a year. In the midst of the worst Australian drought in a century, we cannot afford this waste.
However our challenges don't stop here.
Global demand for food (particularly protein) is expected to double by 2050, as growing and developing populations put pressure on food resources. Yet soil erosion, climate change and diminishing returns in grain productivity will make putting food on the table for 9 billion people per annum a daunting challenge.
Producing sustainable protein from insects reared on food waste can change the planet's future.
Don't worry. We don't expect you to start eating insects - yet!
Omnivorous fish and chickens eat insects in their natural environment. Adding insect-based protein to the diets of farmed fish and chickens can enable these industries to continue to grow and feed global populations sustainably. Black Solider Fly protein can replace fishmeal and soybean meal which are both unsustainably produced. Replacing fishmeal can prevent depletion of fish stocks in our oceans, and replacing soybean meal can prevent further deforestation of Amazon forests for cropping lands.