the solar-powered trash compactor and This particular type of larva is ideal because it has a voracious appetite: about 2.5 pounds of larva can eat through 5 pounds of food waste in 4 hours. That’s eating twice their own weight. They are a great source of sustainable protein (42%) for aquaculture, pets, as animal feed, and yes – also for humans! According to the Smithsonian, larvae from black soldier flies already eat the food waste from about 2,000 restaurants in China. The larvae are great at converting this waste into body mass. Once the larva are nice and fat, they can be fed to chicken, fish, even turtles. Using the black soldier fly larva effectively reduces the amount of organic waste rotting in the landfill. Instead of producing climate-warming greenhouse gases in the process, it can be used to cut the cost of growing and feeding livestock for human consumption.