In­sect vi­sion

Al­ter­na­tive pro­tein ad­vance con­fronts tech­nol­ogy hur­dle

Fish Farmer - - News - BY COLIN LEY

TECH­NOL­OGY has be­come the big­gest hur­dle fac­ing the de­vel­op­ment of in­sect pro­tein as a com­mer­cial food and feed source, rather than the reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers which have sur­rounded the sec­tor in its progress to date. This was the key mes­sage given to global feed busi­ness lead­ers by in­sect pro­tein en­tre­pre­neur Katha­rina Unger, CEO and co-founder of Livin farms, based in Hong Kong.

in­sects and Unger was in­vited to ex­plain how the sys­tem works dur­ing Nutreco’s mas­sive AgriVi­sion con­fer­ence in the Nether­lands last month.

She be­gan by telling the event’s 400 del­e­gates that with a green light for hur­dles were be­ing over­come sooner and more rapidly than was pre­vi­ously thought pos­si­ble.

‘The in­sect farm­ing in­dus­try is now very much into high-speed de­vel­op­ment

‘We al­ready have some home con­sumers us­ing our hive sys­tem along­side hap­pened in the past with foods such as sushi and lob­sters. Th­ese were work

‘Lob­sters used to be viewed as the cock­roaches of the ocean and look how

cent a year, added Unger, a fact which bodes well for the equiv­a­lent an­i­mal and new pro­tein source.

‘One day, of course, we’ll look back on this stage in the ad­vance of in­sect pro­tein and it will all seem so ob­vi­ous.’

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