Riaan Botes wrote:
> Hi I think this is my first post to this group. I have been lurking here for
> over a year - very interesting.
> |We were thinking of growing maggots for food, dry them and
> |grind them up.
> |Insects, the food for the next millenium. Join the leading edge.
> In Benin, West Africa, there is a sustainable agric college called Songhai.
> They use maggots in a very interesting manner.
> I stand corrected on the figures, but as I recall them:
> They have an area of about 20m x 30m divided up into 1m x 1m recesses about
> 15cm deep and each "hole/bin" is surrounded by a channel. Into these bins go
> kitchen offal, dead rodents, lizards, pig sty gunk etc. etc. and vegetable
> refuse. All mixed together - a fly gourmet diner.
> The flies lay eggs, maggots hatch and eat/process this stuff and when the
> maggots cannot find any food left in these bins, they crawl out in search of
> more. They then fall into the channels where they are collected and put in
> buckets. Once all the maggots have left a bin, the content is removed and
> then new mix added.
> 1. The maggots are collected by the elderly in the community - giving them
> the opportunity to contribute - instead of being sidelined.
> 2. The remnant material from the bins is compost and this is reworked into
> the communal gardens.
> 3. It tends to concentrate the flies around these bins and keeps them away
> from the rest of the area, especially food preparation areas.
> 4. Maggots are 70% protein
> 5. 1 ton gunk produces 7 tons of maggots
> 6. Used as fish food in aquaculture they produce about 2 tons of Tilapia,
> which are harvested and sold to the surrounding communities.
> The project director has a saying ".. that there is no free lunch for anyone
> here. Even the flies have to work for their food".
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