As one of the key initiatives under the EU Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy aims at achieving a more sustainable and circular food system in Europe, thus making essential the identification of new innovative food and feed solutions such as alternative protein sources. In this context, the contribution of insect farming has a significant role to play in establishing a sustainable future for our EU food system.
One of the main benefits of using insects as a food and feed source is their high nutritional value, which can be comparable to conventional protein sources such as meat, fish, and soybeans. Insects are also rich in micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, which can help address micronutrient deficiencies in some populations. Additionally, insect farming represents an alternative solution to conventional livestock which means it has a strategic importance in terms of reducing carbon emissions and achieving the transition to a climate neutral economy.
This is why improving insect production and consumer attitudes towards insects are at the heart of the Valusect project. Indeed, Valusect partners work hard on strengthening the transnational cooperation and exploitation of research on insects as resources for the development of (semi) finished food products, transferring knowledge to enterprises and actors from the whole supply chain all over the North-West region of Europe.
Insect farming is a promising solution to achieve the objectives of the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy, and Valusect is committed to continue its mission in 2023, final year of our project, and even beyond that with the establishment of our long-term strategy.