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Canberra-based company GoTerra
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Author:  BorealWormer [ Thu May 10, 2018 3:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Canberra-based company GoTerra

Could insects munch their way through the world's waste? ... ms/9714190

Canberra-based company GoTerra is experimenting with the idea of using insects to solve such waste problems and expects to process 200 tonnes of waste this year, turning it into chicken food.

"We're providing a sustainable solution for food waste management, an alternative livestock feed compound and we are decentralising waste management and managing food and effluent waste by doing it onsite," chief executive Olympia Yarger said.

The company cultivates the larvae of the black soldier fly, raising them on waste streams.

Ms Yarger said the larvae can process grape marc (what is left over from the grapes after pressing), pumpkins and unsold food from the retail sector and do it in a surprisingly clean way.

"The larvae eat rapidly, voraciously and aerobically, so instead of that really foul maggot smell you get this more composted, organic smell," she said.

GoTerra is also supplying modular insect farms that can stand alone from a factory or farm.

"We want to put those in places that are hard to get waste from," Ms Yarger said.

Author:  BorealWormer [ Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Goterra - ‘‘the maggot farmer from Canberra’’

Unusual feed fills a need ... lls-a-need

Olympia Yarger doesn’t bat an eyelid when she is introduced as ‘‘the maggot farmer from Canberra’’.

She was on the panel of speakers at the Australian Women in Agriculture conference in Shepparton recently, and has apparently become accustomed to the off-beat introduction for her novel business.

She is probably the smallest farmer in Canberra: her ‘farm’ is about 280sqm in the suburb of Fyshwick.

Ms Yarger feeds Canberra’s waste food to black soldier fly larvae, and sells the larvae (or maggots) as feed for poultry farmers.

She said the feed from her Goterra business had a similar protein level to conventional stock feed.

One tonne of maggots munch their way through five tonnes of food waste in about 14 days.

Author:  Aussiemoo [ Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Goterra - ‘‘the maggot farmer from Canberra’’

She's also the president of the Insect Protein Association of Australia and has been on this forum I believe.

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