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SUSINCHAIN 3rd Governing Council meeting was held on 4th October 2022 in Roeselare, Belgium

SUSINCHAIN consortium at the Governing Council meeting in Roeselare, Belgium

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.

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SUSINCHAIN interactive workshop in Porto contributes to several foresight and scenario envisioning tasks on protein provision for feed and food in Europe

SUSINCHAIN Scenario Workshop, Porto, Portugal

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.

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SUSINCHAIN participation in the EAAP annual conference – 72nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science Davos, Switzerland 30th August – 3rd September 2021

During the EAAP annual conference, 21 presentations were given in a SUSINCHAIN project session focusing on latest research results.

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Webinar: Safety & Regulatory of Novel Protein Sources

While facing climate change and natural resource scarcity, ensuring sufficient, nutritious, safe and affordable food to a fast growing world population with changing dietary habits becomes increasingly challenging. The protein supply is in this respect most critical. Integration of a variety of new or alternative protein sources from both terrestrial and aquatic origin into new and/or existing processes or products needs to be explored, in order to develop and ensure more sustainable, resilient supply chains, featuring high consumer acceptability by a clean labelling approach and attractive market opportunities.

Sharing this goal, the EU H2020 funded projects NextGenProteins, ProFuture, smart protein and SUSINCHAIN launch Horizon4Proteins, a Webinar series – starting on 13th December 2021 — to work together in key aspects such as: Consumer acceptance of alternative proteins, Safety and Regulatory challenges, Food applications, and Sustainability. Horizon4Proteins invites researchers, farmers, producers and policymakers to join the conversation and contribute to the present and future of the sector.

Get involved in the Horizon4Proteins!

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required prior to the event.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3lAay9G

 

Agenda:

10:00 – 10:10 | Introduction – Birgir Örn Smárason (NextGenProteins)

10:10 – 10:30 | Regulatory challenges of alternative proteins – Prof. Sveinn Agnarsson (NextGenProteins)

10:30 – 10:50 | Chemical safety of insects – Prof. Ine van der Fels-Klerx (SUSINCHAIN)

10:50 – 11:00 | Q&A – Discussion around prioritised questions posed by the audience

 

Speakers:

Prof. Ine van der Fels-Klerx

Expertise group leader Agrochains, Special professor Food Safety Economics, Department of Business Economics, Wageningen University

Prof. Sveinn Agnarsson

Professor of economics at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Iceland. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Gothenburg and a BA in history from the University of Iceland. His research deals primarily with fisheries and resource utilisation and he has taken part in several international projects in that area.

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SUSINCHAIN Workshop on Setting Quality Criteria for Insect-Based Food Products held in DTU Skylab Copenhagen

A SUSINCHAIN workshop with the focus on setting quality criteria for insect-based food products (under Work Package 5 (WP5) – Insects as Food) was held in DTU Skylab, Copenhagen on the 22 – 24 January 2020.

The key outcome of the workshop will be a set of specifications defining quality criteria for taste, texture, appearance, packaging, labeling, nutritional properties and food safety.

Additional aims were to share information and inspiration for the development of the best possible insect-based food products for the menu to be tested in consumer studies in Denmark and Portugal and to establish mutual understanding of the criteria for the successful implementation of WP5 and the responsibilities for reaching the goals.

The workshop was led by Associate Professor Nanna Roos from the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen and co-organised by Roberto Flore, Manager DTU Skylab Foodlab.

The workshop was attended by SUSINCHAIN partners working on the six different insect-based food products. The workshop was held successfully and the aims of the workshop were achieved and will be used as the basis for the next main activities on the WP5.