Woven Network Newsletter – Oct 2020

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Here’s the link to October 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Woven Network Webinar Series: Ask an Expert – RNA
  • Webinar Report – Arnold van Huis
  • FEED-X Challenge – results
  • Publications

To sign up to this free monthly(ish) newsletter–designed to keep you up-to-date with everything happening in the Insects as Food & Feed sector–click here.

For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – Aug 2020

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Here’s the link to August 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Woven Network Webinar Series: Prof. Arnold van Huis
  • Insects in the media
  • Insect Protein Association of Australia meeting
  • Publications
  • Cricket farmer and Benjamin Kennedy, invertebrate vet, in conversation

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For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – Jul 2020

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Here’s the link to July 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Webinar Series
  • ADAS Stakeholder Survey – Insects as Feed
  • Products
  • Home insect production
  • Containerised black soldier fly production
  • Largest cricket farm to be built in Canada
  • Roslin Technologies & SEEDS Capital invest in Protenga, Singapore
  • Publications

To sign up to this free monthly(ish) newsletter–designed to keep you up-to-date with everything happening in the Insects as Food & Feed sector–click here.

For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – Jun 2020

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Here’s the link to June 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • New Webinar Series from 19 June
  • World Wildlive Fund – Commission to develop a Roadmap for insect farming for livestock feed
  • Novel Food Update
  • Importation of Insects into the UK
  • Food and Feed Sustainability from the IPIFF
  • Market Study of Black Soldier Fly
  • New product in United States
  • Entomics changes name to Better Origin
  • BeoBia to launch Re_ in July
  • BSAS Industry Prize finalist
  • Insects in the media
  • Publications

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For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – Feb 2020

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Here’s the link to February 2020 newsletter, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • UK Entomap
  • Woven Network – helping you connect with others
  • Food waste available as feed substrate for insect farming
  • Chemical Engineer – issue 944, 2020
  • Algae invade insect space
  • Bread from cricket flour
  • NACIA call for volunteers
  • Meetings
  • Publications
  • Insects at Chiang Mai market

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For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Novel foods in the UK – innovation and safety, sustainable food production and the evolving regulatory landscape

This event in January provided an opportunity to promote the benefits of farmed insects as a novel food/food ingredient and argue for a balanced approach to protecting the consumer. The event focused on the regulations relating to novel foods and how these might change in the light of Brexit.

While there was some speculation and expression of interest in a more flexible and less cautious approach, this has to be balanced with the continued need to protect consumers from risky products entering the market and the benefits of retaining the ability to sell into Europe.

I gave an impassioned presentation about insect protein and the tricky situation the sector finds itself in in the UK, given both the transition from former Novel Food Regulations to the new ones which now require insect material to be explicitly approved, the on-going situation where we are waiting to hear which insect products will be approved by the European Commission (and which of these will only apply to products developed with proprietary processes), and how the UK will diverge from the EU post Brexit in its rulings about Novel Foods.

Clearly there is scope for the UK to become a location that can allow more innovation on the basis of products that are intended for the UK market, and then once they are established and there is a good basis of evidence of their safety, the company could seek approval from the European Commission for approval to enter their market.

This presentation was reported in Food Navigator.com with a headline referring to the safety of insects as food.

A more comprehensive report of the meeting is available in the members section of the Woven website. A PDF copy of the briefing document for the whole meeting may be ordered for £95 from Westminster Forum Projects.

Nick Rousseau

Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust Report: Farming insects for food – opportunities and challenges

A Nuffield Farming Scholarship report by Adam Banks, published recently, explores the opportunities and challenges for farming insects for food in the UK. Through meetings with academics, entrepreneurs and industry organisations around the world he has built up a picture of the current state of the sector and proposes ideas about what the future might hold. There is mounting evidence that a diet enriched with insects may be beneficial for health and the environment. Although Western dietary prejudices are difficult to overcome, a recent YouGov survey found that a third of Britons expected insect consumption to be commonplace by 2029 and this mirrors industry forecasts, which predict strong growth for the sector over the next decade.

Despite the number of companies around the world that are rearing insects for human consumption is increasing rapidly, almost all insect-based food products sold in the UK contain insects which are imported from North America, South East Asia or other European countries. There appears to be a good opportunity for local producers to command an increased domestic market share. The sector should further benefit from new EU novel food legislation which has specific provisions for insects. Although disruptive in the short term, these regulations, which are explored in detail in the report, will serve to increase safety standards and public confidence going forward.

Despite this optimistic outlook there are still significant technical hurdles to overcome, a lack of automation means labour costs are high and efficiency is further reduced by the small scale of most farming operations. Furthermore, large European insect producers have lobbied successfully for favourable policy changes in Brussel. Outside the European Union, the UK stands to fall further behind its European competitors without similar support.

The report concludes that insect agriculture has the potential to help the UK achieve the goals of a future national food strategy and that government support will be essential to create an environment in which the sector can thrive.

The full report can be accessed here or found under our Resources/Reports (accessible to Woven members).

Woven Network Newsletter – Jan 2020

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Here’s the link to the very first newsletter of 2020, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • Novel foods in the UK – innovation and safety, sustainable food production and the evolving regulatory landscape
  • From Novel Foods Team for Government Food Safety Policy
  • Insect farming around the world
    • Species being farmed
    • Countries hosting insect farms
  • Agriprotein sequence black soldier fly
  • Celebrity endorsement for Entomophagy – Prue Leith
  • Practical promotion of edible insects in Zimbabwe
  • Meetings
  • Publications

To sign up to this free monthly(ish) newsletter–designed to keep you up-to-date with everything happening in the Insects as Food & Feed sector–click here.

For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network Newsletter – Dec 2019

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Here’s the link to the last newsletter of the year, available to all (past issues can be viewed here).

This Issue’s Contents:

  • DEFRA taking interest in insect farming
  • Westminster Seminar on Novel Foods
  • Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report – Adam Banks
  • Entotrust
  • Developments in Africa
  • Rural Development Programme for England
  • UAE Foodtech Challenge
  • Vaccines from pupae
  • Products
  • Broadcast media
  • Meetings
  • Publications

To sign up to this free monthly(ish) newsletter–designed to keep you up-to-date with everything happening in the Insects as Food & Feed sector–click here.

For our members, links to previous members-only communications will be posted under In-depth Articles (for which a membership will be needed to access).

Woven Network at AquacultureUK 2020

Be Part of the Exclusive AquacultureUK 2020 Insect Pavilion

Please find here (AquacultureUK 2020 Insect Pavillion Deck) details of the options for exhibiting or sponsoring our presence at AquacultureUK 2020.

Places on the Insect Pavilion are very limited so do get in touch ASAP as they will be filled on a first-come (well, first-to-firmly-commit) first-served basis.

We hope to demonstrate the strength of the emerging sector.  Whether or not you need to add to your order books, your support will help our collective cause.

We have offered a range of options for participation.

We look forward to hearing from you.