Insect-based meals in regular diets in Europe
SUStainable INsect CHAIN (SUSINCHAIN) aims to contribute to novel protein provision in diets and animal feed in Europe by overcoming the remaining barriers for increasing the economic viability of the insect value chain.
Edible insects can upgrade low-grade side streams of food production into highquality protein, amino acids and vitamins in a very efficient way. Insects are thus considered to be the “missing link” in the food system of a circular and sustainable economy.
The project focuses on provide the necessary knowledge and data for insect protein production and applications. Nanna Roos, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen is leading Workpackage 5: ‘Insect-based meals in regular diets in Europe’ with the objective of piloting the integration of farmed edible insects in daily meals of European consumers by testing and refining the nutritional value, sensory quality, and assessing consumer acceptance of six novel insect-based food products.
The products will be tested in consumer studies in Denmark and Portugal, in menu-based interventions aiming to replace 20% of the meat protein with insect protein.
Insects could help increase Europe’s food self-sufficiency but will they catch on? in: EU's Horizon magazin, 12 May 2020.
The European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.
Period: October 2019 - .
Associate Professor Nanna Roos