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The Story of the Fly: And How it Could Save the World [Paperback]

Jason Drew , Justine Joseph
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31 Aug 2012
The Story of the Fly And how it could save the world will take you behind the pesky reputation and inside the brain and body of the much misunderstood fly. It investigates the insect as pest and how man has tried (tirelessly, often unsuccessfully) to kill it - exploring everything from how it walks on ceilings to how it survives Ice Ages and outsmart all manner of fly swats, toxins and traps. The book also reveals how, throughout history, innovative humans - including Napoleon Bonaparte's surgeon, NASA, various forensic entomologists and the UK National Health Services - have harnessed and researched the fly to help mankind. But ultimately it introduces the fly as a future hero that could help save the world. How? By recycling waste nutrients and generating sustainable protein to spare the fish in the ocean and feed the ever-growing number of people on our Earth. That's a story worth telling. And one worth reading, too.

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Cheviot Publishing (31 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980274281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980274288
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jason Drew is an international business leader and serial entrepreneur turned environmentalist and author. He is on the board of a number of organizations, including www.AgriProtein.com, his latest 'green' venture. Born in London, Jason studied at the European Business School in London's Regent Park and has lived and worked all over the world before settling in South Africa in 2004. He has held leadership roles in a number of international businesses, from General Electric to BUPA and Egg before leading the start-up of Africa's leading outsourced services provider with over 3000 staff. He collects medieval English pewter and contemporary South African art. He is a passionate polo player, loves flying and fishing as well as opera and rock. He is married with two sons. Justine Joseph is a scientist by training, a freelance journalist by profession and probably the world's biggest fly fan. She has a Bachelor of Science (Medical) Honours from the University of Cape Town and almost ten years' experience as a health and science magazine writer and editor. She is a general collector of interesting facts. She was a Mondi Magazine Award finalist and the international winner of the Novo Nordisk Media Prize for Excellence in Diabetes Writing in 2006. Amongst other things, she has been deputy editor of Shape; managing editor of Discovery Health magazine; and a regular contributor to Men's Health, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, O - The Oprah magazine and Hip2B2.

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Probably the most important book about sustainable food to be written this century. It shows how we have ignored the concept of recycling animal nutrients. It explains in detail how two Englishmen, supported by an international team of complementary experts, have developed a method of converting the residues of abattoirs into high grade protein. They have found a way to turn three tons of waste into one ton of freeze dried, high grade granulated protein. This is perfect for feeding all kinds of fish and crustaceans, shrimp, lobsters, salmon, farmed Tuna, etc. It is also ideal for feeding all kinds of poultry. In addition, the AgriProtein team, using a variation of their fly larvae production system, are breeding sterile flies. These sterile flies mate with infected wild flies, and prevent their breeding. This is reducing malaria, and sleeping sickness in Africa and preventing fruit flies infecting fruit and vegetables. A brilliant win/win/win for nature, humanity and sustainability.
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The last chapter tells you about the very likely possibility that using maggots to feed some animals could indeed save the world. The rest of the book tells you everything you'd ever need to know about this fascinating insect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The planets most renewable resource is insects! The Insect Solution Bank/Book, 5 Nov 2013
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Meet Earth's most renewable resource, the (Insect). What an Ecological Enterprise Opportunity America missed by focusing on battling insects instead of exploiting their incredible virtues and energetic work habits This Great Book is a wise investment, just ask Bill Gates, he's Africa's richest fly investor. Someday the humble Fly is going to convert America's food waste into protein/Animal feed. We need to encourage a generation of George Washington Carvers who can transform our troubles into solutions. This is important because 1/2 the fish caught worldwide are ground into animal feed. That's tragic but it doesn't have to be. Organic food waste is a big problem in CT insects can convert that mess into Green STEM Jobs that will keep our young STEM Workers busy. The Insect Solution Bank!
Read the book and for goodness sake think for yourself, don't let academics, experts and other siloed thinkers discourage you. Common sense is a valuable resource. This book inspired me to work on Converting CT's Food Waste into protein using insects. Books - READ'EM & REAP and have a whole lot of fun experimenting. Get your sustainable geek on and read this book. Sincerely DD Vasseur
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