29 May '17, 11am

In China, maggots finish plates and food waste

PENGSHAN, China: Thousands of voracious white maggots wiggle frenetically while tearing through trayfuls of leftover meat, vegetables and fruits in an unusual farm in southwestern China. It may not be a pretty sight, but the gluttonous larvae could help China eat away something far uglier: The country's mountain of food waste. The individual larvae of black soldier flies, which are native to the Americas, can each eat double their weight of garbage every day, according to experts. The farm in Sichuan province then turns the bugs into a high-protein animal feed and their faeces into an organic fertiliser. "These bugs are not disgusting! They are for managing food waste. You have to look at this from another angle," said Hu Rong, the manager of the farm near the city of Pengshan. Specialist farms in China are using the larvae of black soldier flies to devour food waste, befo...

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