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Indonesia pins hopes on a common fly to reduce food waste, carbon emissions

A voracious eater of decaying animal or plant waste allows a shorter decomposition time.
With thanks to Jon Arnup for unearthing this fascinating story of how nature’s inbuilt circular economy may provide answers to the big sustainability issues of our times for the environment and societies.

As Jon also asks, as we marvel at innovative approaches in sustainability, how do we quantify this kind of success and impact? And move meaningfully from innovation discoveries and ideas to tangible actions and results?

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How can a common Indonesian housefly assist us in reducing food waste and carbon emissions?

It turns out that in just 14 days, one kilogram of black soldier fly larvae can decompose an equivalent amount of food waste, challenging the traditional composting methods that take 8 to 10 weeks. The potential benefits extend beyond speed; these maggots can be harvested as nutrient-rich animal feed, creating a sustainable loop in the waste management cycle.

Many Indonesian experts and business owners have been weighing in on the opportunities for development here, and while it might not be the most charming image, it certainly does get me thinking about something…

I find it fascinating how many of these sustainability studies and initiatives (globally) operate in a realm of indefiniteness. Very seldomly do we get clear and concise projections or scopes. While the idea seems intriguing, there’s always a nuanced skepticism lurking.

The black soldier fly’s efficiency in decomposing organic waste within a short time frame, is commendable. Yet, the broader success of such initiatives hinges on tangible actions, particularly waste sorting.

As we marvel at innovative approaches in sustainability, I think it’s always important to ask the critical question:

How do we quantify this kind of success and impact?

I think we can all agree that the path to a sustainable future demands not just innovation but a commitment to tangible outcomes and clear paths towards objectives.

With that in mind, what are your thoughts on the common housefly, with regards to the greater scheme of sustainability?
 
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