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Enabling the exploitation of Insects as a Sustainable Source of Protein for Animal Feed and Human Nutrition

Objective

Food security is a global challenge. Within the overall increased demand for food, and particularly meat production, there is also an urgent need to increase supply of protein from sustainable sources. The principle objective of the international and multidisciplinary PROteINSECT consortium is to facilitate the exploitation of insects as an alternative protein source for animal and human nutrition. Advances have been made in rearing of insects for incorporation in animal feed in countries including China and Mali. The consortium brings together expertise in these countries together with European insect breeders and feed production companies in order to optimise systems and set up pilot scale production facilities in the EU. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of the use of insect-derived proteins in animal feed through trials with fish, poultry and pigs. Quality and safety along the food chain from insect protein itself, to incorporation in feed and ultimately human consumption of insect-protein reared livestock, will be evaluated. The use of waste streams that focus on animal rather than plant material for insect rearing will be examined. To optimise the economic viability of the use of insect proteins, uses for the residual flows from the production system will be determined. Life cycle analyses will enable the design of optimised and sustainable production systems suitable for adoption in both ICPC and European countries. Key to uptake is ensuring that a regulatory framework is in place and this will be encouraged by the preparation of a White Paper following consultation with key stakeholders, experts and consumers. PROteINSECT will build a pro-insect platform in Europe to encourage adoption of sustainable protein production technologies in order to reduce the reliance of the feed industry on plant/fish derived proteins in the short term, and promote the acceptance of insect protein as a direct component of human food in the longer term.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/animal husbandry/animal feed
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED
Address
30 Berners Street
W1T 3LR London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 200 026,84
Administrative Contact
Elaine Fitches (Dr.)

Participants (13)

Eutema Technology Management GmbH & Co KG

Participation ended

Austria
Address
Lindengasse 43/13
1070 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georg Melzer (Mr.)
CAB INTERNATIONAL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 305 000
Address
Nosworthy Way
OX10 8DE Wallingford
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Kenis (Dr.)
NUTRITION SCIENCES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 248 250
Address
Booiebos 5
9031 Drongen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Geert Bruggeman (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 370 399
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)
MINERVA HEALTH & CARE COMMUNICATIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 275 400
Address
Unit 16, Basepoint Business & Innova
SP10 3FG Andover Hampshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rhonda Smith (Ms.)
EUTEMA GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 256 000
Address
Lindengasse 43 13
1070 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georg Melzer (Mr.)
GRANTBAIT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 67 937
Address
Rectory Road Ivy House
HU12 0LA Hull
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Grant (Mr.)
GUANGDONG ENTOMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
China
EU contribution
€ 176 986
Address
Xingang Road West Guangdong 105
510260 Guangzhou
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Richou Han (Prof.)
Huazhong Agricultural University
China
EU contribution
€ 228 000
Address
Shi-zi-shan Street, Nanhu District 1
430070 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zhu Fen (Dr.)
FISH FOR AFRICA - GHANA LIMITED BYGUARANTEE
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 96 000
Address
Agric Road
Ashaiman Accra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Koffi Delagnoh Koko (Dr.)
INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Mali
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Rue Mohamed V
BP Bamako
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
N'golope Kone (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 999
Address
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FK9 4LA Stirling
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Gibb (Mr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 397 539,16
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elaine Fitches (Dr.)