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Black Flies Are Critical Component Of Company’s “Cradle To Cradle” Strategy

April 27, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A small Vancouver, Canada, company has formed an unlikely partnership in the cause of reduced food waste. Enterra feeds clouds of black flies tons of so-called pre-consumer food. The flies turn the waste dough, stale bread, unsightly or expired fruits and vegetables, etc., into protein and fat-rich larvae. This, in turn, becomes a basic component of the meal or fertilizer used by fish and livestock farms, as well as grain growers. It’s all part of a concept, or movement, known as “cradle to cradle," in which environmental  innovators figure out how to cycle waste materials ordinarily headed for the landfill back into manufacturing processes. In Enterra’s case, closing that loop involves insects: “mother nature's cleanup crew."
John Lorinc, "Circular economy on the rise, but Canada lags on repurposing waste", The Toronto Globe and Mail, April 27, 2016, © The Globe and Mail Inc.
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