Douglas Hunter has recently defended his MSc thesis Feeding the 45 million:
Substituting soybean protein with insect protein within EU poultry & egg production
at the Department of Ecology, SLU. His thesis shows that there is a possibility of massive land winnings with a substitution from soybean meal to insects reared on food bi-products in the poultry industry. Such change in feed could reduce the existing land-convertion pressure on forests to become agricultural land around the globe.
We are looking for a master student that would like to work within the topic: Swedish consumers’ perception and ethical reflection regarding insects as food. Contact supervisor Helena Röcklinsberg (Helena.Rocklinsberg@slu.se)
Swedish consumers’ perception and ethical reflection regarding insects as food
Supervisor: Helena Röcklinsberg (Project leader: Anna Jansson, AFB)
Insects are consumed in many parts of the world, but are rather part of a new cuisine in Sweden and northern Europe. In contrast to many European countries it is not allowed to produce food based on insects in Sweden. However, legal changes may lie ahead and within the Formas project “Eating crickets – an appetizing solution for today’s global problems” we are interested in investigating Swedish consumers’ ethical arguments regarding consumption of traditional livestock vs insects and attitudes to the use of livestock to provide ecosystem services. We envisage an interview study focussing on the following issues: How is eating insects perceived among Swedish consumers? Do they perceive a difference between eating insects as an ingredient (in e.g. a protein bar) or the whole insect (e.g.as a grilled snack)? What do meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans think respectively about eating insects? What arguments beyond taste and yack factor are used in approving or disapproving of farming insects for food – are informants referring to sustainability, biodiversity, climate or animal welfare? Are the same or other arguments used with regard to eating meat from ruminants, pigs and poultry?
Method: interviews with citizens/consumers, followed by a content analysis and ethical elaboration.
Time frame: Spring semester 2019 (earlier or later after agreement with supervisor)
We are so happy to announce that Phalla Miech successfully defended his Thesis (May 2018) entitled: Cricket farming – an alternative for producing food and feed in Cambodia. The Thesis can be found at this link: https://pub.epsilon.slu.se/15388/
Today we had a talk at the SCB (Society for Conservation Biology) European conference in Jyväskylä Finland with the title “Towards a sustainable insect food production system”. You can find the abstract here.
We wish our new Post Doc Laura Riggi welcome! Laura has a background in research on insect biodiversity in production landscapes and will start to work with us in the beginning of September. She will work with questions on how we can enhance our landscapes to increase biodiversity and at the same time grow feed for food-insects. Interesting studies ahead!
Do you have the right qualifications and are interested in research within this field? Have a read about the 2-year Post Doc position open in our group.
Next week 6 February we are organising together with the research platform Future Food a workshop on insects as food and feed. The focus of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplines within the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and discuss collaborations and the future development of the area. We look forward to the day that is likely to be very interesting and move the field a little bit forward!
Pigs are often used as a model for humans in different studies and we have looked how piglets grew on crickets as feed. The study has just come out and have been picked up by several major newspapers! Here you can find it: Study on A Jansson RG
Study on Å Berggren RG
We are participating in the Island Arks conference in Nadi, Fiji. Lots of researchers and NGOs here from different countries around the world presenting their work, as did we!
We met lots of people at the university’s open campus day last Saturday. Many came to our talk and visited our little set-up where we talked about our research, showed insects, photos and films. Many in the general public are super interested in the subject and we tried to answer as many questions as we could!