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

Project identifier 82-PROTEINSECT
Project Status finished
Start date 2013-02-01
End date 2016-04-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Identification and breeding of animals and crops to maintain/increase productivity
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme FP7-KBBE
    Keyword Food security; Insects as food and feed
    Location Mali; Ghana; China; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Belgium
    Budget 3 879 739
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Fera Science Ltd
  • CAB International (CABI)
  • Nutrition Sciences NV
  • KU Leuven
  • Minerva Communications
  • eutema
  • Grant Bait Ltd
  • Guangdong Entomological Institute (GEI)
  • Huazhong Agricultural University
  • Fish4Africa
  • Institute of Rural Economy (IER)
  • University of Stirling
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  • Project White Paper
  • Publication
  • Description

    About the Project

    Food security is a global challenge. As overall demand for food, particularly meat, increases there is an urgent need to increase supply of protein from sustainable sources.

    Currently more than 80% of the protein requirements for livestock rearing in the European Union is imported from non-EU countries. The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to address the EU’s protein deficit, stating that urgent action is needed to replace imported protein crops with alternative European sources.

    One potential source to alleviate this current protein deficit is fly larvae. As a natural component of the diets of fish, chicken and pigs, fly larvae provide a rich source of highly digestible protein.

    Key areas

    PROteINSECT will focus on five key areas in order to evaluate insects as a novel source of protein for animal feed and to ensure that methodologies are sustainable and economically viable.

    1. The development and optimization of fly larvae production methods for use in both developed and developing countries at small and large scale.
    2. Determination of safety and quality criteria for insect protein products.
    3. Evaluation of processing methodologies and the evaluation of crude and refined insect protein extracts in fish, chicken and pig feeding trials.
    4. The determination of the optimal design of insect-based animal feed production systems utilising the results of a comprehensive life cycle analysis.
    5. To build a pro-insect platform in Europe to encourage adoption of sustainable production technologies to include examination of the regulatory framework.