Production and Commercialization of Insects as Food and Feed

Identification of the Main Constraints in the European Union

Authors: Montanari, Francesco, Pinto de Moura, Ana, Miguel Cunha, Luís

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  • Proposes a legislative roadmap which the EU should follow in order to make its regulatory framework fit for insects as food and feed in the long term
  • Provides a detailed comparison between the current EU legal framework and other regulatory systems of Western countries - including few countries which have not been studied to date (e.g. Switzerland, Brazil) - with a view to singling out the market(s) which are better equipped to address the production and the commercialization of insects as food and feed
  • Provides for an updated overview of the overall market and of European consumers’ perspectives on the use of insects as food and feed
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​Forecasts point out an exponential growth in the global population, which raises concerns over the ability of the current agri-food production systems to meet food demand in the long term. Such a prospect has led international organizations and the scientific community to raise awareness about, and call for, the need to identify additional sources of food to feed the world. From this perspective, insects qualify as a suitable and more environmentally friendly alternative to meat and other foods that are sourced from animal proteins. However, uptake of the production and commercialization of insects as food has been facing regulatory hurdles, consumer skepticism and rejection in many markets. This is particularly true in the context of western societies in which insects do not always constitute part of the local traditional diets.

Production and Commercialization of Insects as Food and Feed: identification of the Main Constraints in the European Union analyses and discusses the regulatory state-of-the-art for the production and commercialization of insects as food and feed in the European Union. The EU has been taking concrete legislative steps with a view to opening up its market for insect foods, although some key regulatory constraints still exist today which ultimately prevent the industry sector from growing, consolidating and thriving. The main regulatory constraints in the EU for insects as food include the fragmentation of the EU market as a result of the adoption of different policy solutions by EU Member States for novel foods and the lengthy and complex authorization procedures. Also, ad hoc safety and quality requirements tailored to the needs and specificities of the insect food sector are currently missing.

This work constitutes the first comprehensive overview of the evolution and current state-of-the-art of the regulatory framework for insect foods in the EU, based on a multidisciplinary approach that combines science, policy and law. It proposes a legislative roadmap which the EU should follow in order to make its regulatory framework fit for insect foods in the long term by providing a detailed comparison between the current EU legal framework and other regulatory systems of western countries with a view to singling out the markets which are better equipped to address the production and the commercialization of insect foods. The text provides an updated overview of the overall market and of European consumers’ perspectives on the use of insect foods. With the proper legislative steps and consolidation, the EU can be a global leader for insects as food and feed both as a market and as a standard-setting body.

 


About the authors

Dr. Francesco Montanari is a lawyer specialised in the agri-food chain and Integrated Researcher at CEDIS – Research and Development Centre on Law and Society of the Law Faculty of the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. He holds a Ph.D. in EU law from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Food Consumption Sciences from the Universidade Aberta. Currently, his main areas of interest and research revolve around food innovation (including novel foods, insects, dairy and meat substitutes), food labelling, nutrition and healthy diets, official controls, and international trade in agri-food products. Since 2013 Dr. Francesco Montanari lectures food law in training courses organised by the European Commission for the staff of national competent authorities. 

Dr. Ana Pinto de Moura is an Assistant Professor at the Universidade Aberta, being the Director of the online MSc Course on Food Consumption Sciences, since 2005. Dr. Ana Pinto de Moura is also an Integrated Researcher at the GreenUPorto - Research Centre for Sustainable Agrifood Production, where she integrates the research group working on Consumer Perception and Sensory Evaluation. Currently, her main areas of research deal with the use of qualitative research methods to unravel determinants of food choice with a focus on healthy and sustainable eating.

Prof. Luís Miguel Cunha is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, being the Director of the MSc course on Consumer Sciences and Nutrition, since 2007. He is also an Integrated Researcher at the GreenUPorto - Research Centre for Sustainable Agrifood Production, where he coordinates the research group working on Consumer Perception and Sensory Evaluation. Currently, his main areas of research deal with the application of fast sensory profiling techniques for food products, dynamic profiling, food evoked emotions and food choice criteria. Within this framework, since 2013, Prof Cunha has focussed part of his research efforts on the evaluation of the use of insects as food and feed. Currently, he is a member of the European H2020 innovation action SUSINCHAIN – Sustainable Insect Chain (2019-2023).



Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Production and Commercialization of Insects as Food and Feed
Book Subtitle
Identification of the Main Constraints in the European Union
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-68406-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-68406-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-68405-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 94
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 66 illustrations in colour
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