What is there to know about insects as food & feed

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What is there to know about insects as food & feed

Published on
March 7, 2018

From producing to consuming, there is a whole new world to discover regarding insects as food and feed. Experts from Wageningen University & Research and other leading experts will share their knowledge this summer during the newly developed summer school ‘Insects as food & feed’.

Insects as food and feed

The field of rearing insects as food and feed is gaining interest, as insects are increasingly approached as a valuable  and sustainable animal protein source. The novel EU Food rules are seen as a another step in enabling the use of insects as food. At the same time, the market of using insects as feed is also opening up; besides for pets, insects are now allowed as feed in aquaculture as well. The poultry and pig industries are soon to follow. A whole new ‘insect rearing’ sector is emerging and scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs need to learn how to best shape its production and consumption chains and processes.

Knowledge sharing with leading experts

The Netherlands was one of the first countries in Europe which engaged in insects as food and feed. Wageningen University & Research has been  researching the potential of insects as well and gained a lot of knowledge over the last years. During the Summer School, leading experts from Wageningen University & Research, other global research institutes and industry partners, will share their knowledge in this field. For example, Arnold Huis, emeritus professor, who is a world-known expert in the field of insects as food and feed, is the course leader. His observations that (a) insects as food and feed is a relatively new development; that (b) the sector still needs to find its way; and that (c) legislation is creating new possibilities for entrepreneurship, were the direct triggers for organizing this Summer School. In other words, this Summer School is a great opportunity to learn from each other and empower the new sector.

What will participants learn?

The aim of this Summer School is to cover the principles, factors and dimensions that influence and shape the insect production and consumption chain. We discuss the ecological, economical, sociological and legal characteristics of this new sector. We zoom-in on rearing techniques, facility designs, genetics, disease management, processing marketing and consuming insects as food or feed. In addition, production systems of the most important reared insects will be illustrated and the economic interests of different stakeholders will be discussed. Last but not least, participants receive hands-on tools that support them in putting theory into practice and develop the insect rearing sector as a viable alternative to conventional meat sources.

More information? Curious who the experts are and for whom this Summer School is intended? Read further on the Summer School page.