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PROteINSECT project’s key publication recommends review of insect protein legislation & funding to help address European protein deficit

-PROteINSECT fish feeding trials demonstrated insect meal can replace up to 50% of feed without affecting animal performance
-PROteINSECT pig feeding trials revealed improved gut health in piglets
-PROteINSECT poultry feeding trials showed that chickens fed on insect-containing diets performed as well as those fed on commercial diets

-          PROteINSECT’s final conference ‘Insect Protein – Feed for the Future’ will share international knowledge, findings and results to demonstrate potential of insects as animal feed
-          On the agenda: regulation & legislation, quality & safety, commercial potential as part of a circular economy and consumer acceptance

The Global Food Security Programme has produced a report examining the potential of insects as animal feed following a workshop in August 2015.

The workshop aimed to identify knowledge gaps and scope the priorities for research around the use of insects as an alternative animal feed.

Engineering Competition Winner

The PROteINSECT Engineering Competition Results are here!

 Simon Schantl from the FH JOANNEUM won the competition with his "ENTODRYA"



Simon Schantl is currently working on his Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food-Management at the FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Sciences

 At the “Dennis Meadows Future Lectures” on "Sustainable Food" at the University of Applied Sciences JOANNEUM: he held a talk on "Entomophagy and Sustainability"


 "I knew a lot about the ecological and nutritional benefits of insects, but during the research and the concept-design I found out that there is hardly any data about processing insects available. This is why I came up with an unconventional approach for the concept to dry insects with a drum-dryer. In the end I am very happy to be the winner of this competition!"

African partners in Mali and Ghana from the EC-funded PROteINSECT project have released a film demonstrating the potential of insect-based animal feed as a cost-effective, additional and novel protein source – and are keen to share their expertise with farmers across Africa as well as in Europe and worldwide.

Scalable methods for extraction of proteins from insect material sought

The PROteINSECT consortium focusses on house fly (M. domestica) and black soldier fly (H. illucens) for evaluation of their potential as protein source in animal nutrition. However, the incorporation of insect proteins for the production of animal feeds depends upon bringing proteinoceous material into solution. more

On Monday 13 April the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) was officially launched. IPIFF draws together under a single voice insect-producing companies from the Netherlands, France, Germany and South Africa to support the development of the insect industry in Europe and worldwide.

Elaine Fitches Co-ordinator of PROteINSECT welcomes ‘the international collaborative industry platform approach being taken by IPIFF’s president Antoine Hubert to facilitate discussions on the use of insects as food and feed’.

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The survey is being managed as part of the consumer perception work on animal feed. We are asking everyone to take part and further the current understanding of consumer perception on the content (current and potential) of animal feed.

Completing the survey should take you less than 10 minutes.

 Start the survey HERE

“Insects as a sustainable source of protein for animal feed and human nutrition”. 

The use of the artificial rearing and the mass production of insect biomass for animal feed (aquaculture, livestock, pet food, etc.) and human nutrition.


PROteINSECT’s public engagement activities rewarded

PROteINSECT’s work in engaging with the public and tracking the impact of that work earned the EC funded project the runner-up spot in CommNet’s Impact Awards ( PROteINSECT’s entry covered the project’s consumer survey which demonstrated greater support for the use of insects in feed than was expected,  traditional media engagement via press releases, and the project’s active social media campaign particularly on Twitter.

 Elaine Fitches, Co-ordinator, who presented PROteINSECT’s work at the recent Impact Awards ceremony, said: “Having seen the high standard of work and presentations by other projects at the ceremony, I am delighted that PROteINSECT was short-listed and awarded the runner-up slot in the Engaging Citizens category. This is an important area of work for our project as consumer acceptance of the use of insects for animal feed is vital to the emergence of this innovative source of animal nutrition.”

Professor Ronan Gormley of University College Dublin, who was one of the award judges and chaired the awards ceremony said: “It’s vital that researchers do more to communicate their work to a wider audience in order to really deliver on the public funding they have received. It’s great to be involved with these awards to recognise projects that are doing well and I hope this inspires others to reach out and communicate their research to a wider audience.”

Stay updated on Fish feeding trials in Ghana!

Nicole Pelusio reports on her activities.

26 September 2014, 5pm - 10pm YORK, UK

PROteINSECT will participate in the YORnight event
King's Manor Marquee, Exhibition Square (map)

August 19th 2014

This whitepaper contains valuable information on the advantages and disadvantages of insects in animal feed. It also gives you a clear view on the current legislations and the changes that need to be made. Why are insects not allowed in animal feed?

By Kees Aarts
Posted July 7th, 2014

Protix has led the way in EU legislative efforts. In march 2013 Protix was ready to invest and construct a 10.000 ton+ facility in the Netherlands which would have converted supermarket and food production after-use-date. You can find more on IPIFF on

PROteINSECT Press Conference in Accra, Ghana

On the 16. June a Press Conference was held in Accra, Ghana. A room full of Journalists from TV, Radio and Print interviewed PROteINSECT Project Partners from Fish for Africa, eutema, Stirling U, NUScience, Wuhan U and KUL.

The Press Release can be Downloaded here...

Visiting the "Maggot Factory" near Accra, Ghana

Thousands of Flies, Millions of Maggots, and still a great place to visit!



PROteINSECT partners meet in Ghent at Nutrition Sciences for project meeting

PROteINSECT participants from China, Africa, Belgium, Spain, England & Scotland met for a
two-day project meeting (12/13 May) hosted by project partner Nutrition Sciences. As well as providing a timely update on scientific progress on production & processing of fly larvae, partners discussed plans for the imminent safety & quality testing, the newly announced engineering competition and the forthcoming industry & consumer surveys. Also high on the agenda was final arrangements for PROteINSECT’s presentations and presence at the Insects to Feed the World Conference at Ede, The Netherlands (14-17 May).

Historic Ghent in the rain - Workshops at the Project Meeting - Lab visits at Nu Sciences

PROteINSECT presents the case for fly larvae protein at ‘Insects to Feed the World’

PROteINSECT participated in force at the recent Conference in Ede, The Netherlands, with presentations on media coverage, consumer surveys, current European legislation, safety & quality testing, life cycle analysis, and production systems in China and Africa. The project provided an information stand, presenting videos, stills photos and the opportunity for visitors from across the Insect food and feed sectors to speak with PROteINSECT experts. Over 100 delegates signed up to receive more project information, with some expressing particular interest in the soon to be announced Student Engineering Competition. Below are links to the slide sets of the presentations given on consumer acceptance by Rhonda Smith and current European legislation by Rosie Pryor. More slide sets will be made available in due course.

Presentation on production in Mali – Debates at the stand – Safety first, says PROteINSECT

PROteINSECT Presentations (more coming soon)

A chicken requires a total of 925 grams of protein during its lifetime

House fly larvae meal has a reported protein content of 37.5 -63.1%