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
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!
We will of course respect commercial sensitivities.
— Nick Rousseau (Managing Director)
Insects in the News
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).
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.
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.
Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes Workshop (London)
FSA and ACNFP
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
New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016 (London)
Organised by Food Manufacture
Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward (Nottingham)
Joint meeting of Woven Network, Royal Entomological Society and the University of Nottingham