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

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 – 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

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 – 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

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 – 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 Newsletter – Feb 2019

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With the start of the new year, Woven has fully kicked back into gear and is in the process of creating greater value for its membership.

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

This Issue’s Contents:

  • New members of Woven Network Expert Panel
  • Forum open to non-members
  • Trade Fair proposal
  • Membership benefits
  • Black soldier fly on BBC Farming Today
  • Ugandan grasshopper harvest
  • Research Institute for Resource Insects, Yunnan, China
  • Business news
  • ‘Soy Alert’ Friends of the Earth
  • EU hygiene rules for insects
  • Zero Waste Scotland meeting report
  • Events
  • 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 Newsletter No.5 – March 2016

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Three weeks until the Woven/RES conference, Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward. There are still a few tickets for sale, and we have now released a preliminary programme on the event page, full details here.

Thanks again to Dr Rozin for an insightful talk and discussion last month on the disgust factor of eating insects, and for Christian and Meghan for organising the EntoCall, which we were proud to sponsor. You can read some of the coverage here and here, and if you are interested in a transcript of the call drop me an email.

Lastly – in case you missed it, BUGSfeed have launched a directory of stores and restaurants on their website. Make sure your organisation is listed, or if like me you don’t sell insects, make sure you check out what’s on offer near you.

— Harold Stone (Editor)

Woven RES Conference - Sutton Bonnington

Conference Programme

Industry and insects: normalising insects as livestock
Ilkka Taponen (Gold and Green Food)
“Risk management in high-scale insect farming”

Mark Ramsden (ADAS UK)
“Competing in supply chains: how will entomophagy meet retail standards of reliability, sustainability, and scale of supply?”

Fred McVittie (Cornish Edible Insects)
“Making insect farming visible”

Psychological acceptance and moving entomophagy forward

Edward Barnes (Minerva Comms, PROteINSECT)
“Insect protein – acceptability, risk and impact…what consumers really think”

Robert Murdock (University of Nottingham, Bingham & Jones)
“The value of information when developing insect based products”

Indroneel Chatterjee & Janine Dermody (Oxford Brookes University)
“Neuro-marketing disgusting dung beetles and repugnant roaches”

Business showcase
Tony Askins, Yumpa
Josh Bentham, The Natural Grub Company
Constance Deseine, JIMINI’S

(With insect treats provide by Crobar, Yumpa, The Natural Grub Company, JIMINI’S)

Panel discussion:
Speakers TBC
“How can the research and business communities involved in insects for food and feed support one another?”

Click here for full programme details and tickets

Insect News

FAO

Paul Vantomme has left the FAO. For those of you unfamiliar with Paul, he is the person behind the landmark 2013 United Nations report on edible insects and the corresponding Edible Insects Stakeholder Directory.

His departure has been discussed here by Ana Day and here by Entomofago.

Farming

Cricket farming has been getting competitive, especially in the United States. Tiny Farms recently managed to attract investment from Arielle Zuckerburg.

Two weeks later Exo managed to raise $4 million, along with celebrity endorsements from rapper Nas and athlete Amelia Boone.

Ilkka Taponen has been researching patents related to insect rearing, to help assess the size and scope of the industry. There are a surprising number of patents coming from China. Ilkka will be talking about risk management at our conference in April.

Nas
Nas

Food

Kenya has been establishing itself as a hub for edible insects. JOOUST’s African Centre of Excellence for Edible Insects will be funded by the World Bank for the next five years. It is the first among several programmes that the university is planning to establish across the country – read more.

Among the variety of products to enter the market in the last month, cricket pasta has been making headlines. See more herehere and here.

And lastly, those of you working on mealworms might find this pudding from South Korea interesting:

Mealworm Pudding

Consumers

Little Herds have been highlighting the important issue of biodiversity and over-harvesting, which you can read more on here.

Following from Bob Fischer’s thought provoking paper Bugging the Strict Vegan, the ethics of eating insects was the focus of and article in Food52 – Are Bugs Vegetarian?

Feed

PROteINSECT have their concluding conference on April 26 in Brussels. They will be presenting three years worth of international findings and results. This is definitely not one to miss if you are working on insects as feed. Book your free ticket here.

Lastly, outside of feed there have been two interesting developments for using insects industrially – as biofuel and as plastic.

Nick Rousseau

Tasting Event in Sheffield

An insect entrepreneur has approached me to arrange a couple of  “evenings of entomophagy” in Sheffield at a small community venue.

The idea is to have a talk and/or film combined with an opportunity to do some cooking with insect material and eat some items made from insect material, and to have a discussion about this.

We are looking for people who could work with us, providing products, ingredients for cooking with etc. We will charge participants so should be able to cover costs. If you would like to get involved please email Nick at nick.rousseau@woven-network.co.uk

— Nick Rousseau

Calendar

April 11
Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward (Nottingham)
Joint meeting of Woven Network, Royal Entomological Society at the University of Nottingham.
details

April 11
EFSA Novel Foods Stakeholder and Public Consultation (Brussels)
Public consultation on two draft guidance documents in the area of novel foods
details

April 26
Insect Protein Feed for the Future (Brussels)

PROteINSECT will present its international work, findings and results
details

June 20-26
National Insect Week
Organised by the Royal Entomological Society every two years
details

Woven Newsletter No.4 – February 2016

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We will be launching Woven Network memberships very soon, as part of our commitment to building a powerful community and strong sector here in the UK.

In the meantime, please take the time to complete one of our surveys, or contact Nick if you have any questions regarding the recent Novel Foods legislation.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

— Harold Stone (Editor)

FSA Novel Foods Workshop

The Food Standards Agency are holding a Novel Foods workshop this week, and we are sending our Managing Director, Nick Rousseau, as delegate.

He will be representing Woven and the UK insects for food and feed sector.

If you have any questions for him to ask on your behalf, please send him an email.

Business Survey & Researcher Survey

We are keen to build an accurate and comprehensive picture of the “insects for food and feed” sector in the UK. These surveys will give us a sense of the key facts.

We will use your responses to build a report for the forthcoming conference in April, and to press for the sector to be taken seriously.

The survey will also help us gauge what you want from Woven Network.

Please do take 10 minutes or so to help us help you!

Business Survey

Researcher Survey

We will of course respect commercial sensitivities.

— Nick Rousseau (Managing Director)

Insects in the News

Last month edible insects were a feature of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.

Protix founder, Kees Arts, was invited to participate as as a Technology Pioneer, and presented an interesting analysis of the role of insects in the “circular economy”.

Technology Pioneers like Kees are evaluated by the WEF as being “expected to have a significant impact on business, society and ecology”.

Meanwhile, Google highlighted cricket flour as a rising trend of 2015 (see right).

Cricket Flour on Google

A study on the attitudes of young Italians towards consuming insects concluded that presentation was an important factor. A separate study in the journal of Psychology & Marketing came to essentially the same conclusion.

Some insights into the marketing of edible insects were also provided by Kinetic UK and Ogilvy Change, and discussed in The Guardian.

Their findings suggest that focusing on scarcity and loss aversion (i.e. FOMO – the Fear Of Missing Out) are highly effective.

Stink Bugs - "Thongolifha"

A study from the Nairobi-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) confirmed the nutritional importance of “thongolifha”.

Thongolifha (the edible stink bug, Encosternum delegorguei) is popularly consumed across southern Africa.

And lastly, in a thought-provoking article for the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Bob Fischer concluded that strict vegans should be eating insects.

Calendar

February 4
Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes Workshop (London)
FSA and ACNFP
details

February 18
Insect Production, Processing and Legislation Workshop (Wageningen)
Hosted by the International Insects Centre. Lecturers will be from Wageningen University and Research Centre, HAS University of Applied Sciences and NGN
details

March 17
New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016 (London)
Organised by Food Manufacture
details

April 11
Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward (Nottingham)
Joint meeting of Woven Network, Royal Entomological Society and the University of Nottingham
details

Image Credits: QuenchSA, Google