One fattened, black soldier fly larva are sold live or dried to feed animals such as chickens, fish, and turtles.
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Thousands of voracious white maggots wiggle frenetically while tearing through trayfuls of leftover meat, vegetables and fruits in an unusual farm in southwestern China. It may not be a pretty sight, but the gluttonous larvae could help China eat away something far uglier: the country's mountain of food waste.There's no shortage of grub for the larvae: Each person throws away almost 30 kilos of food per year in China, a nation of 1.4 billion people.One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tons – gets lost or wasted, while some 870 million people are going hungry, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.In a 2011 report the FAO said that if food waste were a country, it would rank behind only the U.S. and China for greenhouse gas emissions.Each year, China produces a total of 40 million tons of food waste – the equivalent weight of 110 Empire State Buildings.
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