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)
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”
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)
“How can the research and business communities involved in insects for food and feed support one another?”
Cricket farming has been getting competitive, especially in the United States. Tiny Farms recently managed to attract investment from Arielle Zuckerburg.
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.
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.
And lastly, those of you working on mealworms might find this pudding from South Korea interesting:
Little Herds have been highlighting the important issue of biodiversity and over-harvesting, which you can read more on here.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
— Nick Rousseau
Insects as Food and Feed: The Way Forward (Nottingham)
Joint meeting of Woven Network, Royal Entomological Society at the University of Nottingham.
EFSA Novel Foods Stakeholder and Public Consultation (Brussels)
Public consultation on two draft guidance documents in the area of novel foods
Insect Protein Feed for the Future (Brussels)
PROteINSECT will present its international work, findings and results
National Insect Week
Organised by the Royal Entomological Society every two years