Rachel O'Connor
Posted on 29 Jan 2019

Michelmores sponsors Insects as Food and Feed (IFF) Conference 2019

Michelmores is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the 2019 Insects as Food and Feed (IFF) Conference for the second year running, taking place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Michelmores' Associates Rachel O'Connor and Freya Lemon will share their expertise in relation to the legal aspects of the role insects will play in securing sustainable and sufficient protein sources for generations to come in a series of panel discussions over both days.

Following a change in EU Legislation in July 2017 which permits the use of insect protein in aquaculture, the industry is ramping up to deliver commercial scale operations. 2018 saw a 40% increase in investment in insect protein than previous years demonstrating the huge advances that this sector is making.

The event will create a forum for participants to discuss progress that has been made over the previous year both in insects as food and insects as food. The event will also facilitate discussion on new ideas and provide an opportunity to network.

Amongst the many topics for discussion, day one will welcome Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft from Grub kitchen, who will discuss insect based foods that are good for you and good for the planet. Gary Needham, from Syngenta will also share his secrets of mass insect rearing.

Day two will feature Paul Wright, managing director of Multibox, who will discuss the company's place within the evolving UK farming industry. Chris Leonard, owner of Immune Macro Biotic Technology will cover anti-microbial peptides in insect farming, whilst Declan Ferguson from Finnebrogue foods will give a short talk on preparing to feed insects to live stock.

Rachel O'Connor, Associate in Michelmores' Agriculture team, commented: "Michelmores continue to forge strong connections in agricultural innovation and we are proud to be supporting the IFF Conference again this year. It is a fantastic event, drawing expertise from across the country and internationally, on this exciting and rapidly evolving aspect of food and feed production and farming."

The two day IFF conference will be held on Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3 April 2019, at The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. To book a ticket or for more information, please visit: https://www.royensoc.co.uk/events