J7-3155 - INPROFF
INPROFF - Quality, Safety and Authenticity of INsect PROtein-Based Food and Feed, 1.11.2021-30.10.2024, David John Heath
Food availability from environmentally-sustainable sources is a prerequisite for feeding a growing population and preserving natural resources. One way is to make better use of the diversity that nature offers, with many experts, as evidenced by a plethora of articles promoting the eating of farmed insects (entomophagy) as a way of saving the planet. The advantage of farmed insects, or mini-livestock, includes their high protein and nutritional content, high fertility and reproduction rate, high feed conversion efficiency, rapid growth rates, and low overall ecological footprint. Indeed, insects already play an important role in many peoples’ food culture and security, while in Europe, the thought of consuming bugs provokes disgust and horror. Balancing the advantages and disadvantages of farming insects for both food and feed requires detailed consideration since many questions remain unanswered, and further studies and monitoring are needed regarding farmed insect products’ quality, safety, and authenticity.
INPROFF is a 3-year interdisciplinary bilateral project co-funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) / Czech Science Foundation (GACR) that aims to close the knowledge gap regarding the quality and safety of insect-based products and boost the farmed insect food and value chain.
Nataša Poklar Ulrih
Objective 1 (WP2) Insect Production and Characterisation: INPROFF will rear target insect species under controlled environmental conditions and characterise their nutritional value and microbial safety
Objective 2 (WP3) Nutritional Enhancement: The goal is to improve the functional value of farmed insect biomass.
Objective 3 (WP4) Enhanced Quality and Safety: INPROFF will develop analytical protocols for characterising insect-based products’ chemical and biological safety.
Objective 4 (WP5) Authenticity and Traceability: Develop forensic tools for establishing the authenticity of farmed insect-based products and establish a database of authentic products.
Lenka Kouřimská Hana