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In farming, many insects are damaging crop pests, but as the search for innovative alternative sources of nutrition continues insects are increasingly being farmed in their own right. Insects reproduce rapidly, have a high protein content, require relatively little water or land, and can feed on a range of organic inputs. Largescale insect production is already underway around the world, but what does the future really hold for insect farming in the UK?

On 4 April 2017, this event in London will address how insect farming could develop in the UK in light of changing food demands, innovation, and Brexit.

Insect farming in the UK – workshop event

The use of insect derived products is growing globally. In the UK, insects for human consumption are already being sold in restaurants, on shop shelves, and online, mainly using imported insect produce. Crickets and mealworms are being grown and sold as food for exotic pets. There is increasing interest in using insects in aquaculture and animal feeds, as well as a source of non-food products, such as biodiesel.

The UK has a world renowned reputation in agricultural innovation based on long-established farming industries.  Insect farming could soon become another aspect of the UK agricultural industry.

This workshop, organised by ADAS with support from the British Ecological Society, the Royal Entomological Society, and the Woven Network will bring together key scientists, industry representatives, policy makers and early innovators from across the UK. Our objectives are to:

  1. Highlight the challenges of insect farming in the UK;
  2. Identify the priorities for initiating a UK farming industry;
  3. Provide a networking opportunity to encourage innovation.

Invited speakers, including Jo Wise, Managing Director of Monkfield Nutrition, will provide information on the need for diversifying food supply chains, the legal challenges associated with producing insects for direct and indirect human consumption, and the farming methods used for mass insect production.

Date:

4 April 2017         10:00 AM

Summary agenda:

Morning session 10:30 – 13:00

  • Insects in agriculture
  • The Woven Network
  • Transitioning from meat to alternatives
  • Legal aspects of insect farming for food supply chains
  • Practical challenges of insect farming in the UK
  • Showcase of insect products

Afternoon session 13:30 – 16:00

  • Group discussions to identify priority areas for developing UK insect farming
  • Workshop conclusions
  • Posters and demonstrations

Tickets:

Member of the British Ecological Society, the Royal Entomological Society, or the Woven Network receive a 20% discount.  Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Members:                           £20
Non-members:                 £25

Book your tickets here

Location:

Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London
WC1N 2JU

Posters and demonstrations:

If you would like to present a poster or give a short (5 minute) summary of related work, please get in touch.

Contact: Mark.Ramsden@adas.co.uk

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