PROTECTION OF WATER AND LAND

 
How feed from fly larvae contributes to the protection of the only soil we have. Our earth.
With Black Soldier Fly (BSF) breeding we promote a rethinking of our environment and contribute to the conservation of land areas and the reduction of massive water consumption by the meat industry. The breeding of these flies needs minimal space and virtually no water, in addition no pollutants arise and the positive ecological footprint is undisputed.
Why is that important?
The numbers speak for themselves!
70%
of all drinkable
water is consumed
in agriculture
33%
of all fish caught
is processed to
fish meal and used
for fattening
animals
300 Mio.
metric tonnes
of meat are
produced
annually
455 Mio.
metric tonnes
of meat are
required
by 2050 (FAO)
500 Mio.
metric tonnes
of soya are
required by 2050
(double the
present amount)
67%
of the arable
land is used
for animal feed
800 Mio.
metric tonnes
of wheat, rye,
oats and corn
directly land
in feeding
troughs
13 Mio.
hectares of the
of South American
acreage are
dedicated to
European meat
production
90%
of the food
energy is lost
7
vegetable
calories
are required
for one
animal calorie
15.000
litres of water
are required for
1 kg of beef
The need for more grass and farmland crops for the production of animal feed will significantly grow over the next years. Meat production is by far the largest land user worldwide, with a continuing upwards trend. Land that could be used more efficiently to grow food for humans has disappeared. In addition, rich countries are “buying in” overseas crops on a large scale. Even soy is controversial and due to its huge monoculture more and more landmass and South American rainforests are being destroyed. (http://www.safefood.eu)
We need to produce more food with less water.
Humanity must learn to handle land better, but above all to use water more sparingly. Only then can the population of nearly 10 billion people forecasted by the FAO by 2050 be fed without a massive exploitation of our natural habitat and resources. And last but not least, it is about the more conscious handling of food that is thrown away and disposed of. 30% of the world’s food production is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitely lost.

For 1 kg of beef 15’000 litres of water are required.

Germany — after the USA and Japan – is the third largest importer of so-called indirect water — introducing, for example, strawberries from Spain, tomatoes from the Netherlands or steaks from Argentina. (http://www.safefood.eu)

Incidentally, with 15,000 litres, the water requirement for producing one kilogram of beef is particularly high. An average household, on the other hand, only needs about 2 to 5 litres of water per day for drinking and 100 to 500 litres for everything else in the household (showering, washing, etc.). (www.simply-live-consciously.com)

However, 2,000 to 5,000 litres of water are used to grow the food consumed daily by an average family. But since there is no shortage of water in most industrialised nations, the awareness of this waste is extremely low. This is very different in many equatorial and southern hemisphere countries.

 

In breeding flies the same amount of proteins uses far less resources.

Live stock requires 4x more water feed and land.

Emissions are 75% lower in fly breeding compared to raising cattle.

In India to get at water, the water must be pumped up from a depth of 1,000 meters. A generation ago, hand-dug wells were deep enough for irrigation; today 95% of small pumping stations have dried up. The situation is similar in other Asian countries as well, not to mention Africa. And even in the US, larger areas are drying up, as feed and grazing areas often need to be artificially irrigated, causing the groundwater levels to continually decrease.

Discover the sustainable Illucens (BSF) products as a real alternative.