I recently received an email from my colleague and friend, Professor Arnold van Huis regarding a report issued by the Council on Animal Affairs (hence the title of the post) in the Netherlands. There are two summary sections from the council. The first section provides an overview of the content presented in the section second.
The Emerging Insect Industry: Invertebrates as Production Animals
Topics reviewed include:
-An overview of insect production in the Netherlands
-Legislation and regulations
-Research and Education in the Netherlands
-Relevant social values
The report serves as a suitable model for other government agencies around the world to consider when determining proper legislation and management of the insects as food and feed industry. I found all sections interesting. But, the two that really stood out to me were the discussion with regards to food/feed safety and animal welfare; two areas we are still needing to focus a bit of time culturing and developing.
If you get a chance, check them out and offer comments. I would be interested in knowing what you think.
Jeffery K Tomberlin, PhD, Policy Advocate
Individuals with over 25 years research experience with the black soldier fly. We are passionate about the science behind the black soldier fly and its ability to convert waste to protein.
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