EnviroFlight’s mission is to develop sustainable animal and plant nutrients using regionally available, low-value materials. EnviroFlight uses the co-product from breweries, ethanol production, and pre-consumer food waste as a feedstock for Black Soldier Fly larvae (hermetia illucens), a non pathogenic insect. Our technologies enable the cost-effective production of complete diets for traditional and new aquaculture species, with reduced reliance on fish meal and fish oil.
EnviroFlight Aims to Lead Transformative Change in Our Global Food Supply
The world population is expected to increase from 7 to 9.3 billion in 2050. The 2012 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) states that food production must increase by 60% in the next 40 years to meet the projected global demand.
The 2012 data on food and nutrition security worldwide reports that 870 million people are chronically undernourished. Moreover, 2013 data states that in 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight.
FAO estimated yearly global quantitative food losses and waste at roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, 20% for oilseeds, meat and dairy, and 30% for fish.
EnviroFlight’s mission is to develop sustainable animal and plant nutrients using regionally available, low-value materials, emphasizing:
- Production of nutrients in a socially responsible way
- Eliminate toxins, hormones, and antibiotics from our food supply
- Reduce the environmental and financial costs to our food supply
EnviroFlight uses the co-product from breweries, ethanol production, and pre-consumer food waste as a feedstock for Black Soldier Fly larvae (Hermetia illucens). The larvae feed off and bioconvert the material. By doing so, the frass — the waste product created by insects after digesting the feedstock — becomes a high protein, low fat feedstuff for omnivorous species such as tilapia, freshwater prawns, catfish. The material is also beneficial as a protein source for poultry, swine and cattle.
The larvae are used as a high protein, high fat ingredient for carnivorous fish including rainbow trout, perch, bass, and bluegill. The larvae are cooked, dried and converted into a meal that is 40% protein and 46% fat. The oils can be extracted, which boosts the protein content to above 70%. We are currently producing and testing aquaculture feeds, as insect meal acts as a fish meal replacement. Enviroflight has developed and tested a number of feed formulations using insect meal and other locally available ingredients for complete diets for multiple species of fish.
Key to our process is the prevention of ammonia creation in the frass by stabilizing the material immediately after the insect larvae consume the feedstock. This keeps the nitrogen fixed and eliminates odor; it also mitigates the formation of molds and mycotoxins. The frass is also beneficial as a natural, animal-safe fertilizer. The N-P-K value (nitrogen – phosphorous – potassium) level is 5% – 3% – 2%, and as such is ideal for vegetable growth.
The entire system is comprised of proprietary bioreactor, breeding, and nursery systems. The system is designed to be located anywhere in the world and optimized for operation in developing nations. The breeding system is able to produce mating events and eggs in any climate. Because of this there is a continual source of eggs in all weather conditions.