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International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed meeting in Madrid (28-29 May 2018)

International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed meeting in Madrid (28-29 May 2018)

On the 28 and 29th of May the members of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) met in Madrid. On the first day a new executive committee was elected with Antoine Hubert (Ynsect, France) as President. As it was the first face-to-face meeting since Inagro became a member, this event was an excellent opportunity to meet the founders behind the larger insect companies in Europe and the new start-ups in this sector. We discussed, amongst other things, the possibilities of waste streams, the problems with legislation and the key focus points of IPIFF the next year.

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Inagro visits the International Conference for Bio-based materials in Cologne

Inagro visits the International Conference for Bio-based materials in Cologne

On 15 and 16 May more than 30 speakers came to create an extensive image of the State of affairs in the field of bio-based materials. Due to the great interest in the circular and bio-based economy in recent years, this is a field that is rapidly evolving. The importance of bio-based materials works for agriculture in 2 directions: agriculture is necessary for advancement of bio-based materials, but conversely, it can also be of great importance for agriculture itself.

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Renewed breeding nets Black Soldier Fly

Renewed breeding nets Black Soldier Fly

A year ago Inagro gave itselves the assignment upscale the cultivation of black soldier flies to a semi-industrial level. The cultivation of the larvae proceeds controlled and standardized in the meantime. But in the reproduction of flies and the production of eggs the shoe pinches. The egg production was too unpredictable, and - to Inagro’s requirements - also too low. The time had come to assess the method critically. The concept of the breeding cages is refreshed and the first flights are very promising.

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Launch of report “closing the gap” at the Houses of Parliament

Launch of report “closing the gap” at the Houses of Parliament

On 23 May, 2018, Epping Forest MP The Rt Hon Eleanor Laing hosted a highly successful event at the Houses of Parliament for the launch of a report by the Lea Valley Food Board and key UK partners.

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Newsletter BioBoost June 2018

Newsletter BioBoost June 2018

In the June newsletter you will find a.o. an invitation for the seminar "Circular Business" on Thursday 21 June, more about research on more value out of tomato crop residues and the plans of The European Commision to ban single-use  plastic products.

You can also read about the project of the Belgian company Milibeter, they grow salmon with fly larvae. We also look back on a number of interesting meetings over the last few months.

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Research on more value out of tomato crop residues

Research on more value out of tomato crop residues

On 4 December 2017 project partners, ILVO and INAGRO visited Renewi to explore together possibilities to gain more value out of tomato crop residues. One of the problems today is the contamination with ropes and clips that complicates further processing. Important steps forward were made in the search for bio-degradable, in this case, compostable ropes and clips. Composting is successful.

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Insect symposium: “Edible Insects: The Value Chain

Insect symposium: “Edible Insects: The Value Chain

The symposium “Edible Insects: The Value Chain” was held on 21 and 22 March 2018 in Ede, The Netherlands and organized by Wageningen University in collaboration with NGN and Venik. The symposium was dedicated to 10 years of insects research in the Netherlands. During the symposium, several themes were discussed such as: insect breeding, processing of insects, but also the use of insects in Food and Feed. The opinion of the consumer was very important for this symposium, both in European territory and beyond.

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EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

EC plans ban on single-use plastic products – opportunity for biobased economy

The European Commission wants to get rid of disposable plastics, according to a plan that will be presented on 23 May. 

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