Edit by BW - The post below was originally part of a post by Charlie from Arkansas (Gourmet Bugs) in the bin designs section of the forums (link) . Charlie's blog is Gourmet Bugs (link)
My blog is about raising insects in various stages for bait, pet feed and human food, known as Entomophagy. I found out that some bugs actually taste pretty dang good! Have not tried BSFL yet but plan to soon. Though crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms are among the most popular, I see BSFL as a good candidate and will try to educate the Entomophagy community on their cleanliness. I go by the standard of "bugs are what they eat" and I don't want to eat bugs that ate pet food or lived in or among their own frass such as conventional methods for raising mealworms which actually eat their own frass. They get bigger and are better in a mesh bottom enclosure where all they eat is good meal from grains.
I'm working with World Entomophagy out of Georgia. Together we are striving to set new standards for raising insects for food versus how insects are raised for bait or pet feed. Every insect enclosure I design is based on a "Clean Bug" concept to keep the insects separated from their waste at all times by using mesh bottom enclosures which allow frass to exit as it is generated and it is utilized by composting earthworms.
BSFL can't be raised in exactly the same enclosures but I don't feel they can be ignored as a potential protein source for humans given all their positive attributes in raising and end nutrition content.
Bugs are the human protein food of the future, like it or not. Too many people and too few and lessening places and resources for raising warm blooded livestock. Oceans fish populations are dwindling rapidly. We can't ignore the most abundant food source on the planet any longer. As far as eating bugs goes, North America and Europe are about the only countries in the world where they have been ignored and we are in the minority but things are quickly changing.
As stated on my blog, BSFL is probably a cleaner bug on its own merit than any we can produce by our all our efforts. I think it's the perfect choice when considering all the many variables.