A community-based ecosystem which converts food waste into nutrients for vegetable and fish farming, known as Sustainability@Tampines Park, is set to be expanded to other parts of the town. straitstimes.com/singapore/envi…
HOW IT WORKS: a black soldier fly facility converts food waste into a byproduct known as frass - which is rich in nitrogen, making it suitable as fertiliser. The larvae itself, being rich in protein, is fed to tilapia fish.
Trials are still ongoing by the Singapore Food Agency to ensure that the vegetable & fish are safe for consumption. The facility manager told me that the take-up rate among residents has been rly high - many of them now make it a habit to donate their food waste after meals
Those who contribute are also rewarded with vegetables from the high-tech veggie farm. Was really heart-warming to hear about this! Kind of nice to know that such initiative could have such an impt role in nudging more sustainable behaviour.
As of now, the frass and black soldier fly larvae still have to be separated manually. I volunteered for the first time on Sunday morning! ☺️ You can also volunteer here: giving.sg/volunteer-even…
Feeding the tilapias w insect larvae!
On a related note, local startup Inseact is harnessing the appetite of the black soldier fly to convert organic waste from oil palm plantations into a protein used in shrimp feed. straitstimes.com/singapore/loca…
They recently received US1.3 million in seed funding to establish a pilot facility here, which will focus on R&D efforts. Commercial facilities in the M’sia & Indonesia (where the oil palm plantations r located), are also in the pipeline!

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