We just released the 8th SUSINCHAIN Newsletter – Christmas Edition, that demonstrate the updates on the work carried out by the project, relevant events and articles for the stakeholders of the insect protein chain.
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The 3rd SUSINCHAIN Governing Council meeting took place in 4th October 2022 in Roeselare, Belgium and was hosted by INAGRO. This annual meeting aims to provide updates regarding the SUSINCHAIN Project. During the day partners have discussed the current status of the SUSINCHAIN project and progress on each Work Package’s activities. Partners have also discussed next steps and the strategy for the last year of the project implementation. This meeting was organized as a hybrid event and was attended by the advisory board members (both physically and online) which provided relevant feedback on the progress reports and advice for strategic project’s decisions. On the 5th October, INAGRO organized a visit to their own insect breeding and aquaculture facility as well to their greenhouse facility, AGROTOPIA, for the SUSINCHAIN project partners. It was a great opportunity to gain more knowledge about the production and research process.
The two-day interactive workshop took place in Porto on June 30- July 1st. The event gathered 19 participants and aimed to discuss the list of drivers affecting the future development of insect-as-food/feed sector in Europe as well as develop the scenarios of the insects’ sector future.
During the workshop, participants were divided in 2 groups to develop different scenario storylines, focusing both on the insect-as-food sector and on the insect-as-feed sector. The groups have also discussed how drivers may be combined to form storylines for insect food /feed sector by 2035 in EU.
As a result of a group work, synthetic schemes for final scenarios were produced. After the critical discussion the full set of four stories together in a coherent format was brought, so that each was distinct from the others, yet all four formed a related set. A report on the results of the workshop will be produced and made available on the project website.
This SUSINCHAIN one-day workshop was implemented virtually on 7 October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of discussing the most relevant supply-side barriers to large-scale commercialisation of insect proteins in Europe and its potential solutions, the workshop gathered 70 participants online into six working groups with specific topics for discussion: rearing of insects, insect storage & processing, use of insects in feed, use of insects in food, safety, and sustainability.
The workshop has led to very interesting discussions across diverse topics, in particular highlighting discrepancies in EU and national regulations and interpretations. In addition, the following topics were highlighted as focus points:
➡️ Standardisation & harmonisation
➡️ Use of media and approaching consumers (in both feed and food markets)
➡️ Lack of knowledge on safety
➡️ Need for regulation covering insects specifically, taking into account the differences among insect species
➡️ Health and nutrition aspects related to animal feed
With this online survey, that should take around 45 minutes, SUSINCHAIN wants to identify all past barriers and future risks related to upscaling the insect value chain in order to find the best strategies to overcome these.
The target group of the survey are companies which are rearing or processing insects, using or interested in using insect protein for food and feed, business associations and research organisations.
Please choose below the area you are most interested in and click on the referred link to complete the survey:
SUSINCHAIN project is feautured on the CORDIS news article titled: “The Susinchain project studies insects as a new qualitative source of protein to open itself to new markets for feed and human diets”.
The article is written by one of SUSINCHAIN´s project partner, Leitat.
SUSINCHAIN is featured in an article on the Horizon, The EU Research and Innovation Magazine titled “Insects could help increase Europe’s food self-sufficiency but will they catch on?”. The article talked about the project focusing on boosting the quantity of insects produced in Europe by improving technologies and developing new techniques. The link for the article can be found here.
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