Farm to Trough: How House Flies Could Reduce Waste and Feed Livestock

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As the global human population continues to rise, researchers are turning to the potential role insects might play in growing the global food supply. A new study from researchers at Cornell University points to the house fly (Musca domestica) as a viable source of a protein-rich food source—not for humans, but for livestock. As reported […]

Black Soldier Flies as Recyclers of Waste and Possible Livestock Feed

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By Harvey Black If black soldier fly larvae could enter competitive eating contests, they would excel, especially when it comes to eating nasty stuff that we don’t want around or wouldn’t think of eating ourselves. Then, after the larvae had eaten, they could be recycled as feed for livestock, although the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Dung Beetles are Saving the World from Global Warming

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Cattle contribute to global warming by burping and farting large amounts of greenhouse gases. Some of the same gases are also emitted from cow manure on pastures. But now researchers from the University of Helsinki have found that beetles living in cow manure may reduce emissions of the key greenhouse gas — methane. Agriculture is […]