Online community curious about insect research

Published on
October 12, 2021

On 11 October, researcher Teun Veldkamp answered questions from the Reddit community in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on this social platform. For the last decade, Teun has been researching whether and how insects can be a source of animal feed and human food. The idea of a menu of creepy-crawlies resulted in dozens of very diverse questions addressed to the researcher.

View the AMA

Teun Veldkamp believes insects are the mini-livestock of the future. Read the full conversation with him about insects as feed and food on Reddit:

Ask me anything - Teun Veldkamp

Een van de vragen en antwoorden in de Reddit AMA

The role of insects in circular food systems

Insects are full of protein and fats and rich in essential micronutrients. They don’t need as much space as livestock, emit less greenhouse gases, and can convert low-grade side streams into high quality products in a very efficient way. Not only can we use them as food, but also as feed. These are exiting times, because the European Union has now fully authorised the use of insect proteins in poultry and pig feed. This can give the insect rearing industry a major boost.