CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FUND BSF FARMS IN THE PHILIPPINES AS AN ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE
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Food waste is one of the country’s biggest environmental crisis. Eco India (2020) stated that per day in Manila Philippines , there are over 2,000 tons of food being thrown away even though one out of three Filipinos live below the poverty line. In fact, these food waste ends up nearly a quarter of our water supply in the form of uneaten foods. When food waste ends up in a landfill, it rots and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that warms our planet.
Black Soldier Fly farms—by conducting bioconversion through a selected species of fly—proved to be one of the best innovative ways to manage food waste without further harming the environment. Some of the benefits of BSF Farms are the following:
1. Zero waste management
The bioconversion of insect-based is a natural breakdown in our ecosystem because of the food waste mirrors. It can cause our industry rearing because of the waste management. The insect based process is by one food to another and that process can input into the bioconversion. Having this kind of management can cut the waste on the environment, black soldier flies can quickly lessen the biodegradable waste.
2. Organic farming
Organic Farming which involves the cultivation of plants and rearing of animals in natural ways. This process involves the use of biological materials, avoiding synthetic substances to maintain soil fertility, and ecological balance thereby minimizing pollution and wastage. In other words, with the help of black soldiers fly larvae (BSFL) is an all natural fertilizer containing a nutrient dense blend of NPK and minerals. That is why it is more convenient for the farmers to use it, and to avoid the usage of synthetic based fertilizers and pesticides.
3. Commercial products such as animal feed
It is not only a key solution to our waste problems but also to our farmers on practicing a most sustainable way of farming. The larvae itself is high in protein and can be an excellent source of animal and fish feed. It is also useful when the farmers are lacking food supply for their animals, and besides it is a way of easing their populations through animal feeds. Using BSF as a product for animal feeds will lessen your expenses or budget for the feeds.
4. Job opportunities
This petition also aims to provide more job opportunities for unemployed people. We all know that the majority of Filipinos are jobless, most of them did not graduate. Through this, they can be given a stable job, without passing unnecessary papers, also it is not mandatory that they did not graduate. This job allows us to protect Mother Earth without wading knee deep in a river or trekking through a jungle. Most importantly, this is one of the environmental jobs that focuses on the future of our planet.
5. Soil fertilizer
The insect frass fertilizer uses chemical and physical properties that are compatible with the other products. In another study, the black soldier flies frass used to grow the cabbages. The insect frass compost benefits and that is the reduction of pathogenic microbes and pesticides. Using black soldier fly for fertilizer has a higher nitrogen recovery efficiency, also a sustainable alternative to commercial fertilizers, study founds out that using bsf can improve maize fields, compared to commercial fertilizers who require double rates.
The primary resource used in this insect-based bioconversion system are the larvaes of Black Soldier Flies (Hermetia illucens), which is an endemic species of flies in the Philippines. In the process of bioconversion, insects are selectively bred in controlled environments where they consume certain amounts of food waste. This process produces organic materials that can be used for various purposes such as insect biomass, biofuel, and fertilizers.
According to the “Backyard Gardener, Black Soldier Flies: Mostly beneficials”, black soldier flies are not a pest or nuisance fly. They have no mouthparts, they do not bite and are not associated with transmitting any disease.
Black Soldier Flies could hold the answers to some of the country's biggest environmental concerns. The fly larvae can rapidly consume organic waste and break it down into high-grade organic compost which scientists say it is a perfect replacement for the chemical fertilizers. Scientists also believe that the black soldier fly and its larvae are excellent examples of sustainable bio-conversion as the larvae serve as excellent livestock feed.
Black Soldier Fly farming fulfills many roles, not just in food waste management but also in different aspects of our environment, such as producing fertile soil for trees to thrive, and reducing our ecological footprint. Your support will help us be heard by our national and local government here in the Philippines, so that they can take immediate actions about funding BSF farms. We aim to ease global warming and the crisis of food waste thoroughly, and avoid the negative effects of chemical fertilizers.
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