Organic Value Recovery Solutions LLC © Organic Value Recovery Solutions 2010 © Organic Value Recovery Solutions 2010 Amount of food and wastes produced “staggering” Feeding the world is a big job. When you have to provide food for an estimated 6.7 billion people worldwide it must be done efficiently and on a mass scale. Long gone are the days when local farms grew food consumed by local people. The sheer scale of modern food production and, consequently, waste is staggering. It has been estimated that the entire world population could easily be fed if farmers, businesses and government simply stepped up efforts to curtail food waste. "We need to deal with not only the way the world produces food but the way it is distributed, sold and consumed, and we need a revolution that can boost yields by working with rather than against nature." said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in a recent statement. In natural food systems wastes are recycled quite efficiently through "green" processes, although they were seldom thought of in those terms. In pre-industrial times waste was non-existent. For example, a local farmer grew vegetables which were taken to market, purchased and incorporated into a meal by his neighbor. Whatever wasn't eaten was thrown into a garbage pit behind the house or fed to livestock. From there, livestock, various insects or wild animals would eat the leftovers and eventually become food themselves or the nutrients were returned to the soil through natural processes. It was essentially a zero-waste system. Whatever wasn't consumed by people was recycled. The garbage pit or livestock barn was the site of the work of numerous animals or insects which could efficiently turn the waste into useable nutrients for other higher-order animals. Fast forward to feeding city populations today.  Food is produced in multi-ton batches that may be produced hundreds or thousands of miles away, perhaps on another continent. When entire populations live remotely from where food is produced, the logistics of movement of food becomes a key cost factor. When something in this system goes wrong, waste is often on a large scale. Even after the successful transportation and consumption of a food product, the waste from that process must often be hauled to a landfill or some other disposal site. This is often miles away from where the consumption took place. Relying on natural processes to recycle the excess nutrients is simply not feasible when millions of people are being fed even in small cities. People don't have garbage pits in the backyard where natural processes exist to recycle nutrients. A potential solution to this dilemma is to mimic natural processes on a scale as large as modern food production. One of the most efficient ways of accomplishing this is through the insect world.  Large scale waste recycling systems using insects are now possible. Using a unique insect and a shiny steel "garbage pit", OVERSol is turning the age-old dream of efficient waste recycling for multi-ton food producers into reality. The concept is exactly the same as in pre-industrial times. Take the excess nutrients and let insects efficiently turn this into a product that can feed higher-order animals. The "garbage pit" is now replaced by a 100,000 sq. ft. building, but the idea of diverting waste food from landfills and producing a high-protein feedstock is now a reality.