Insects as an alternative food protein source
In 2013 the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization stressed that a new approach to food production was crucial if we are to avoid future shortages. Their suggestion was edible insects. It is their sustainability credentials that has lead the UN to highlight insects as the potential future of food, requiring minimal resources to farm and producing substantially less waste than conventional livestock. “A protein shortage is expected in 2050, and we need to find alternative protein sources,” said Catriona Lakemond, associate professor Food Quality and Design Group, Wageningen University.
Around 2 billion people around the world already consume insects as part of their regular diet due to their high nutritional value, versatility and flavor. “In Zimbabwe, over 80% of the population eats insects,” said Lakemond. “Why? Because they like the taste and the nutritional properties.” Insects are a sustainable source of nutrition. “The protein content of the yellow mealworm is comparable to meat and fish.” Eric Michels, Project lead Insects, Vivara/CJ Wildbird Foods ltd. Agrees: “In addition, insects are ver efficient, with 10kg of feed, we can produce 9kg of locusts, compared to 1 kg of beef. Insects produce less waste, less manure and less greenhouse gas.” Continue reading “Insects as an alternative food protein source”
Insect Valley Europe, as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Interview with Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods/ Vivara
This will be presented by Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara at the Healthy Nutrition Conference, which takes place on June 29th, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, Netherlands.
Eric Michels studied Agricultural Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He worked as a General Manager in the feed mill industry. Nowadays he works as a Business Developer in the Insect Business.
There are very concrete and advanced plans to realize an ‘Insect Valley Europe’ at Greenport Venlo. This is an open and innovative collaboration platform between various triple helix partners (governments, businesses and research and education institutions). Will this be the future beating heart of European insect cultivation to start up the flywheel and boost the insect industry? CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara has become a leading specialist in the development and sale of products for small wildlife (mostly wild birds). The main USP is the exclusive relationship, with many nature conservation associations at home and abroad, which millions of members represent. They are mainly active in the European market (10 countries) which grows autonomously annually. The relationships with green partners, product diversity and infrastructure in B2B and B2C markets give CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara a strong position in this niche market. Continue reading “Insect Valley Europe, as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Interview with Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods”