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Actions needed before insects can contribute to a real closed-loop circular economy in the EU

Lalander, Cecilia and Vinnerås, Björn (2022). Actions needed before insects can contribute to a real closed-loop circular economy in the EU. Journal of insects as food and feed. 8 :4 , 337-342
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Insects are the waste managers of nature and could play a vital role in closing the loop of nutrients from society back into the food industry and thereby reduce the environmental impact of our food production system, as is the aim of EU's Farm to Fork strategy. Insects can be used to convert biodegradable waste into their own biomass that can be used as food or in animal feed, thus linking waste management to food production. However, food safety regulations prevent the use of around 70% of available food waste in the EU as rearing substrate for insects. To tap into the true environmental benefits of insects as an alternative protein source, they have to be reared on mixed food waste. The main reason for the food safety regulation is the outbreak of Mad Cow disease (BSE) in the 1980s, caused by prions (misfolded proteins). The circular system that gave rise to Mad Cow disease is the most closed loop system possible. Using insects in waste management to convert bio-waste into animal feed does not entail such a closed loop system, but rather introduces an extra barrier to disease transmission. In order to fully tap into the benefits of insects as an alternative protein source, it is crucial that funds are allocated to determine whether prions are truly a risk in a circular insect food production system.

Authors/Creators:Lalander, Cecilia and Vinnerås, Björn
Title:Actions needed before insects can contribute to a real closed-loop circular economy in the EU
Series Name/Journal:Journal of insects as food and feed
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:8
Number:4
Page range:337-342
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:WAGENINGEN ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS
ISSN:2352-4588
Language:English
Publication Type:Editorial
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 207 Environmental Engineering > Environmental Management
Keywords:animal feed, circular food production, European Green Deal, food safety, prions
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116950
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116950
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3920/JIFF2022.x003
Web of Science (WoS)000780047900001
ID Code:27787
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:12 May 2022 12:26
Metadata Last Modified:13 May 2022 22:38

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