TSUNO, Miyazaki Prefecture--Mitsutaka Kushima is creating a buzz with his novel solution for the global food crisis--flies.

The 41-year-old studied the insects here and devised a self-sufficient system that can transform livestock feces into fertilizer by using fly eggs, then use the resulting maggots as feed.

Kushima believes the system will help solve global hunger and even prevent war.

“I want to make people eat to their hearts’ content to end conflicts,” said Kushima.

The system works like this: Sowing just 300 grams of flies’ eggs on 1 ton of livestock feces will hatch 150 kilograms of maggots that can decompose the dung and turn it into 300 kilograms of fertilizer in a week. The maggots can then be used to feed livestock.

Kushima will soon start building a factory where 100 tons of feces can be processed daily.

Born in Miyazaki in the prefecture, Kushima joined Chubu Electric Power Co. after graduating from a technical college.

A TV program he watched at the age of 24 changed his life. It showed a major study on flies at risk due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, where the research had been started during the Cold War with the aim of achieving food self-sufficiency in spacecraft.

However, a company in Miyazaki took over the study, and the program fired up Kushima’s adventurous and ambitious spirit.

Kushima returned to his hometown and helped with the research for over a dozen years. Eventually he took charge of the project four years ago when the company president passed away.

Determined not to let the flies in the study die out after a series of mating had been conducted over 1,000 generations of the insects since the former Soviet Union era, Kushima devoted himself to the project, repeatedly incurring debts to cover necessary costs for an air-conditioning system to protect the flies as well as labor.

He lived in fear while being hounded by his creditors.

“But I would have died for the flies,” said Kushima.

His luck changed when a venture company invested in the project, allowing the studies to continue.

Farmers and universities verified the positive outcomes of the research, reporting that their vegetables grew in size and quality with the fertilizers, and that their livestock became more immune to disease and stress, thanks to the maggot food.

And local residents near the new factory need not worry about any nuisance neighbors, as Kushima has implemented full-scale preparations for preventing flies from leaving the premises.