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Nature's own ultimate food recyclers, BSF have proven to be a great summertime composting solution.

The BSF larvae will eat kilograms of scrap food a night in small composting units, eliminating your food waste before it can even begin to rot.

Black Soldier Fly larvae do more than just eat waste.

When they are done eating your food waste, they will harvest themselves into buckets and let you feed them to your chooks, pigs, ducks, birds and fish. You name it. High in protein and fat they could become a main ingredient in future animal feeds.

On average a household will produce a little under a kg of food waste per day. This food waste can be composted at home using black soldier fly larvae much much faster than worms can do it. 

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    • Aussiemoo's Avatar
    • Organic in vs Organic out
    • Hi Stephen, welcome to the forums. I think the answer to your question depends on what your definition of 'organic' is. If you mean certifiably organic, then I think in Australia the following rule would apply: 4.3.11. Restrictions on Compost Inputs Feedstock chosen shall ideally be from certified organic sources and/or on-farm sources. Where sources are sought from off farm, these shall be verified by the operator to be free of levels of contaminants that may pose a longer-term contamination risk to the farming operation and the production of clean foods. See table 4.7a, p. 36. As for whether or not chemicals might survive the cycle: Quote: Q: Do BSF larvae accumulate hazardous chemicals? A: There is no evidence for the accumulation hazardous chemicals such as heavy metals, hormones, pescticides, and antibiotics on larvae raised on food scrap wastes, nor would hazardous materials be expected in presenting larvae with feedstocks meant for human consumption. There is some risk of heavy metal contamination, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, etc. on larvae harvested from sewage sludge, or any other waste materials known to have been contaminated with hazardous materials. The market and subsequent use of larvae must be assessed relative to what the larvae are fed and the environment in which they are raised. Dipterra Q & A If I might ask - why would you put pet food into the BSF bin? I mainly put kitchen and table waste in there - although I have heard that some people also put pet waste inside as well.
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    • Hi Aussiemoo Quote: Have you thought about cutting a slit in the top and then inserting that corrugated plastic that looks like cardboard so that they can lay directly in there? That's a good idea. I might try that one day. The advantage to it sitting up and on an angle is as you said you can start off standing as a nursery bucket and then lean it when they are close to harvesting. Also its good for storage when not in use.
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    • Technoyogi's Avatar
    • Organic in vs Organic out
    • I have a question about what scraps to feed BSF. My wife and I currently eat organic, but not religiously so. But the food we raise, we want to be organic. The BSF we have is currently part of a system that includes an Aquaponics setup. It goes like this: Food scraps -> BSF -> food for fish -> fish poop -> nitrates -> veggies we eat. This system is run organically and additional inputs such as supplemental fish food are organic. Is it required that the BSF only be feed organic scraps? My view has been that you can pretty much throw anything in the BSF bin (anything being conventional food or pet food, but nothing bad) and by the time it reaches the end of he cycle, it is "close enough to organic". But I know there are some long lived chemicals out there that might survive the cycle. Any insight is appreciated. Regards, Stephen
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    • Winter lifecycle of BSF
    • The blanket is about 1/2" thick. I chose to use the flexible stuff so that it conforms to the shape of the mound underneath and it is heavy enough that it will lay down on its own. The idea is to lift it at one end using the tab, throw the waste in and then let the blanket fall back down. In fact it may be keeping things too warm since there was a mass exodus. The volume in the bin is currently low since I recently cleaned out a lot of old buildup to use for fertilizing a garden in preparation for spring planting. I'm not sure how much the silvering helps since there is no air gap between the larvae and the insulation, but I figured it wouldn't hurt.
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