Hermetia illucens larva: protein substrate for animal feed

Published: 30 November 2023| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/y7k6mvf77m.2


The why our proposal? The proposal is based on. (1) The need for the proper management (recycling and use) of organic waste. (2) The need to produce feed for animal nutrition with a lower ecological footprint, high rates of growth and reproduction, high levels of protein, fat, and minerals; and (3) The global demand for protein for animal feed sustainability as a replacement of traditional protein sources (fish and soybean meal among others) for new protein sources. The FAO estimates that 80% of agriculture is dedicated to the production of protein for animal consumption. The Hermetia illucens (black soldier fly) is a crop insect that provides the opportunity to produce animal feed, fuels, organic fertilizers, and nutrient-rich biobased products with the simultaneous management of organic waste. Insects are part of the natural diet of many species of fish, birds and humans. The breeding of Hermetia illucens in the pilot plant shows high feed conversion efficiency, low consumption of resources (food, water, space, energy), low emission of greenhouse gases, reduced space for their breeding and production. Adiotionally, the larvae can feed on various organic waste (food waste, fresh fruits, and vegetables or in the process of being divided, solid waste from animals or the benefit of food animals). What do we want to develop? The mass use of Hermetia illucens as a tool to: (1) Provide a nutritious food source. (2) Mitigate the environmental impact in the production of traditional sources of protein. (3) Provide development generation tools for vulnerable communities, mainly agricultural. The breeding of guinea pigs and trout is due to the need for protein sources for human consumption. Its meat is characterized by its high protein and low fat level, containing essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. The guinea pig is a native species to the high Andean area of Peru and therefore represents an important food product for the food security of the rural population and others with low resources. Reasons that encourage further research: we can mention :(1). Global Food Security: Increased demand for protein for both animal and human consumption. (2). Competitive nutritional values with other sources of protein in animal feed. (3). Responsible buyers willing to pay for nutritious and responsibly sourced food in production. (4). Promotion of circular economy using reduction of agro-exports. (5). Environmental benefits over other protein sources based on organic waste management and (6). Versatility of presentation and use from live and whole larvae to meals, for animal or human consumption.



Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria de Arequipa


Diptera, Agricultural Waste, Animal Protein, Biodegradation in Animal Feed, Insect Development


Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico, Tecnológico y de Innovación Tecnológica