Leading global air services provider, dnata, has reportedly inked a memorandum of understanding with Blue Aqua Food Tech for boosting food security in the city state of Singapore. The agreement will see Blue Aqua’s upcycle organic waste from the ground handling and catering operations of dnata into insect protein for aquafeeds.
According to Dirk Goovaerts, the regional CEO for Asia Pacific at dnata, the company is thrilled to collaborate with Blue Aqua for the further reduction of food waste and support Singapore’s food production supply chain. The initiative will assist in minimizing the company’s environmental footprint and provide the highest value for communities and the company’s customers, added Goovaerts.
For the uninitiated, Blue Aqua processes underused nutrients from the leftovers that can be converted into quality insect proteins for aquacultural purposes. This serves as an efficient and sustainable alternative to conventional fishmeal.
As per Blue Aqua, when compared to conventional protein, insect protein is a sustainable solution given that it has low carbon, land, and water footprints, and provides a very high yield. The collaboration will provide Singapore’s farmers with sustainable access to domestically processed animal feed, which is conventionally imported.
According to Blue Aqua International Group’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Farshad Shishehchian, Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for practical and sustainable farming since its inception and this collaboration with dnata is a perfect fit. Shishehchian further stated that the company is thrilled for expanding its efforts in the field of food technology for the development of a circular economy in aquaculture at the global level. This will be advanced via the company’s network, beginning with Singapore.
The MoU is the initial point to a deeper agreement between dnata and Blue Aqua. The air services provider will look into the implementation and development of a Zero Waste master plan. In addition, it will also add Blue Aqua to its list of suppliers for the purchase of locally farmed seafood for its catering operations.