Solving our organic waste & protein source with one insect | Rendria Labde | TEDxJakartaStudio

Indonesia is the world’s second largest contributor to food waste, which contradicts the fact that many Indonesians are still living under poverty and lack access to more affordable protein source. Also, the cheap and unsustainable source of protein that are used for animal feed poses a serious threat to the marine ecosystem. In this talk, Rendria Labde explores the possibility of solving two problems with one natural intervention. Rendria Labde co-founded agritech company Magalarva in 2017 after a trip to Bantar Gebang — one of the world’s largest landfills — inspired him to try to find a away to reduce waste. His solution? The Black Soldier Fly (BSF).

For many flies are just disgusting and insignificant insect that live among trash, but not to Rendria. He saw an opportunity with the BSF and their capabilities to effectively consume these waste. At his startup, Magalarva, he feeds the organic waste to the BSF larva, which breaks it down. Once fed, they are able to harvest them to convert into a wide range of products such as fertiliser, fishmeal or dried powder as an alternative source of protein for pets.

Rendria holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Universitas Indonesia. A certified permaculturist, he is also the co-founder of Kebun Kumara, an urban farm in Jakarta. He was most recently included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2021 for his effort with Magalarva. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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