An interdisciplinary team will develop a master plan for sustainable management of urban food waste and food systems using black soldier flies
Increasing food security: linking sustainable food waste management and food systems
Singapore faces a dual challenge in its journey towards food security: increasing local food production and recycling food waste.
Local efforts to produce fish, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables are highly dependent on imported agricultural inputs, such as mineral fertilizers and animal feed. These imports increase the cost of local food production and can have a negative impact on the environment. Producing these agricultural inputs at the national level can alleviate some of the burdens and costs of local food production. And yet, Singapore incinerates nearly 700,000 tons of food waste a year, resulting in the loss of valuable nutrients that could have been turned into agricultural inputs.
This project “Urban food waste management and food systems using black soldier flies” aims to develop methods to produce safe and nutritious animal feed and vegetable fertilizers from heterogeneous food waste using soldier fly larvae. black. This could reduce reliance on imported agricultural inputs, improve food security and reduce Singapore’s environmental footprint.
Black soldier fly larvae are fast growing and can process food waste into a protein-rich feed ingredient for poultry and aquaculture diets. The mineral-rich black soldier fly droppings – a nutrient-rich residue from the bioconversion of larval waste – have the potential to supplement or even replace commercial fertilizers in soil- or soil-less agriculture. Black soldier fly larvae themselves, which are high in protein and fat, can also be used in animal feed formulations.
“This project focuses on increasing food security through a circular process where the value of food waste is captured and linked to food production. This large-scale venture will bring Singapore closer to its 30 by 30 goal of increasing capacity and capacity to grow local food needs by 30% by 2030. We are conducting multi-faceted research to develop an impactful plan for a sustainable food waste management that contributes to an eventual increase in food production in urbanized Singapore. In addition to a strong interdisciplinary team of experts, we look forward to attracting a diverse talent pool of postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and students to contribute to our research,” said Assistant Professor Puniamoorthy .