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Maggots Could Revolutionize Global Food Supply

United Nations encourages governments to look at insects to fulfill planet's protein needs

Black solider fly. File Photo
Black solider fly. File Photo

In one year, a single acre of black soldier fly larvae can produce more protein than 3,000 acres of cattle or 130 acres of soybeans, reports The Washington Post.

Such yields, combined with the need to find cheap, reliable protein for a global population projected to jump 30%, to 9.8 billion by 2050, present big opportunity for the black soldier fly.

The United Nations, which already warns that animal-rich diets cannot stretch that far long term, is encouraging governments and businesses to turn to insects to fulfill the planet’s protein needs.

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