The European Association of Agricultural Economists is holding its annual conference in Parma 28th August-1st September 2017. See www.eaae2017.it for more info.
EAAE “brings together agricultural economists and others interested in the problems of the agricultural and food industries and rural development in Europe” www.eaae.org. As LCA and economic analysis are a vital part of establishing insect production as a valid agricultural activity, member of Woven, Meredith Lloyd-Evans, has offered the organisers the possibility of a pre-conference symposium on insects and insect-farming for food and feed products. This has been accepted.
The Symposium will be a half-day on 29th or 28th August, and lunch is included. The aim is to have a focus on the interlinkages between insects for food and feed and agricultural economics, life-cycle analyses and ecological footprint, so that the EAAE and insect communities can profitably interact.
Meredith would like Woven members to have first chance to offer a presentation, so he can gauge viability of the symposium and start constructing a programme – if enough Woven members, from researchers to companies, get involved, he’s also happy to promote the session as a Woven symposium.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, text/call 0776 776 6339 or call 01223 566850 to make an expression of interest and suggest a topic.
It would also be good if interested individuals could offer presentations in the main conference, to reinforce the topic – see http://www.eaae2017.it/call-for-contributions/
On 1-2 November I attended two related workshops that I thought might open up new opportunities for Woven members. The focus of these was on biomass waste and the barriers to innovative ideas being taken forward to create new forms of protein for human consumption.
They were organised by WRAP – the waste specialists, in their capacity as leaders of the Courtauld 2025 initiative (aiming to reduce food waste by 20% by 2025) – and Forum for the Future, who are leading a major project called The Protein Challenge.
The Courtauld Commitment is a voluntary agreement aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing waste within the UK grocery sector. The agreement is funded by Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments and delivered by WRAP. It supports the UK governments’ policy goal of a ‘zero waste economy’ and climate change objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. WRAP is responsible for the agreement and works in partnership with leading retailers, brand owners, manufacturers and suppliers who sign up and support the delivery of the targets. It was launched in 2005 and is now in its third phase.
Amongst a lot of discussions where I ensured the opportunities and barriers facing the insect for food/feed community are seeing, one of the actions we agreed was to explore the establishment in the UK of a properly resourced hub/centre that can help innovators working with protein alternatives to get products to market by identifying and addressing barriers, enabling initiatives to be taken forward that could benefit a group of businesses by supporting collective action, facilitating access to specialist resources around the UK. This could include a physical focus that would bring together a set of key assets and start to build an innovation hotspot focused on alternative protein. I would aim to be part of the development of this and ensure it focuses on developing a more substantial set of resources and support for Woven members!
This will require me to dig out all that you have collectively told me about the barriers you face but I would be particularly keen to hear from members about specialist equipment or other resources that would make a big difference to you.
If you are interested and want to offer suggestions contact me at email@example.com