I am Dr. Teun Veldkamp and study insects as feed and food. I believe insects are the mini-livestock of the future. Ask me anything!
Hi Reddit, Dr. Teun Veldkamp here. For the last decade, I’ve focused my studies at Wageningen University & Research on insects as animal feed and human food. I work with insects on a daily base for feed and food applications.
Insects are full of protein and fats and rich in essential micronutrients. They don’t need as much space as livestock, emit less greenhouse gases, and can convert low-grade side streams into high quality products in a very efficient way. Not only can we use them as food, but also as feed. These are exiting times, because the European Union has now fully authorised the use of insect proteins in poultry and pig feed. This can give the insect rearing industry a major boost.
I believe insects are key in creating sustainable food systems. Ask me anything about:
- Insect rearing and optimalisation
- Use of insects in feed/food
- Potential challenges and opportunities
I will try to answer your questions to my best potential!
AMA on Monday October 11th from 11 am ET - Proof
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- I am senior researcher at Wageningen University & Research (my profile).
- Coordinator of the EU project Sustainable Insect Chain (SUSINCHAIN), with a consortium of 35 partners.
- President of the Study Commission Insects of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP).
- Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed.