PROteINSECT is a research and communication project established to study the use of insects in feed and food and to step up the dialogue regarding the business case for an insect sector. The project involves 12 partners from the EU, China, and Africa, and is co-financed by the European Commission. PROteINSECT published a report in July 2015 entitled “PROteINSECT Consensus Business Case Report: Determining the contribution that insects can make to addressing the protein deficit in Europe.”
Changes in EU legislation concerning insects in food and feed are pending the results of research such as that conducted by PROteINSECT. The PROteINSECT report was inconclusive at this time, and the group closed its report with the following statement:
It is worthy of note that the EC-funded PROteINSECT project is working to address the shortfalls in safety and quality data and to assess the current state of both consumer perceptions and production systems. PROteINSECT will be releasing results throughout 2015.
The PROteINSECT report can be downloaded via this link.
Daily online news concerning animal feed and nutrition industries. (For specific articles about insects as feed, use the site’s search function.) http://www.feednavigator.com
All About Feed
Online information source regarding global feed issues, including the development of the insect sector. Print and digital magazine also available. (For speficic articles about insects as food and feed, use the site’s search function.) http://www.allaboutfeed.net/Home/
Feedipedia is an open access information system on animal feed resources that provides information on nature, occurrence, chemical composition, nutritional value and safe use of nearly 1400 worldwide livestock feeds.
International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (ipiff)
A trade organization established in 2015 to represent insect breeders’ interests and industry development at the national and regional level. http://www.ipiff.org
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