Waste360: Mad Agriculture Uses Larvae to Dispose of Food Waste 


Mad Agriculture, a startup created by University of Colorado Boulder Research Ecologist Phil Taylor, uses a “breeding chamber” to house 20,000 black soldier flies, which mate and lay eggs that turn into ravenous larvae. The larvae are then placed into bins full of pulp from a local juice company to feast.

 Once the insects reach an appropriate size and weight, Taylor removes them from the environment, kills them and turns them into treats for backyard chickens, He also uses he leftover castings for fertilizer.