What is there to know about insects as food & feed


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 it emerges as a potential valuable option of becoming a sustainable animal protein source. The novel EU Food rules are seen as a step forward for wider use of insects as food. At the same time the market of using insects as feed is also opening up: besides pets, insects are now allowed in aquaculture and likely soon for poultry and pigs as well. A whole new sector is being developed and needs to shape the most suitable production and consumption chain and processes.

Knowledge sharing with leading experts

The Netherlands was one of the first countries in Europe who engaged in insects as food and feed. Wageningen University & Research is investing in the potential of insects as well and gained a lot of knowledge over the last year’s. During the Summer School leading experts from Wageningen University & Research and other global research institutes and industry 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 coourseleader. The fact that insects as food and feed is relatively new, that the sector needs to find its way and legislation is creating possibilities was the direct trigger for organizing the Summer School: a great opportunity to learn from each other and empower the new sector.

What will participants learn?

The aim of this Summer School for participants is to learn the basic principles behind the factors that affect all processes in the insect production and consumption chain: rearing techniques, facility design, genetics, disease management, processing, marketing and consuming insects as food or feed and understand how to apply this information. Production systems of the most important reared insects will be dealt with specifically. By learning the principles participants also get the tools and insights on why insects could be a viable alternative to conventional meat sources, recognize ecological, economical and sociological characteristics of this new sector, be aware of the food and feed legislation in place and last but not least the economic interests of all stakeholders involved and how this aligns and influence the choice and structure of the new sector.

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