FoodTalks & SkylabBio: Insects

DTU Skylab invites you to our launch event for our new concept FoodTalk, where startups, scientists and friends talk about food innovation in relation to our upcoming Foodlab. To celebrate the birth of FoodTalk, we spoil you with showing the documentary BUGS.

Towards 2050  the global population will increase from 7 to 9.5 billion people, which almost adds up to 40% more people on the planet than we are today. The demand for producing food and feed will increase, and the production of insects for consumption can be one of many ways to answer this demand.

Join this event and listen to pitches from a scientist, two hobbyists and a start-up founder – all of them focusing on the 6-legged creatures. Taste some insect snacks, grab a samosa and a beer, and mingle. To kick off this series of FoodTalks we will show the documentary BUGS.

17.30 – 18.15: FoodTalk – pitches by a scientist, two hobbyists and a start-up

Safe production of mealworms by scientist Annette N. Jensen, DTU Food
A new research project, inVALUABLE (Insect Value Chain in a Circular Bioeconomy), aims to pave the way for an industrial production of mealworms based on a sustainable utilization of organic residues. This makes Denmark a pioneer in the field of industrial production of insects for both animal feed and food in the Western world. But are there any food safety concerns when we will produce, sell and eat the 6-legged?

Insect culturing on waste by hobbyists Daniel Stender Nørgaard and Claus Heiner Bang-Berthelsen, DTU Food
Protein from insects can be produced very resource-efficient and sustainable. Insect production transforms organic residues into a high quality protein source. Meet two guys, who work with efficient utilization of waste streams, who wants to convert a low value beer production waste stream into high value edible insects.

From research to retail by PhD and insect farmer Jakob Rukov, Bugging Denmark and Insekt KBH
How to go from being a biology scientist to founder of an insect company? Bugging Denmark breed edible crickets and Insekt KBH produces juice, which contains apple, ginger and added crickets. Jakob works on integrating the insect production in the circular, sustainable systems, and to show that insect production is feasible anywhere.

18.15 - 18.45: Insect snacks, samosas, beer and networking

18.45 – 20.00: SkylabBio showing BUGS
We will show the documentary BUGS. In BUGS, film director Andreas Johnsen follows Nordic Food Lab as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond. Throughout the team’s experiences and conversations in the field, at the lab, at farm visits and international conferences, some hard questions start to emerge. If industrially produced insects become the norm, will they be as delicious and as beneficial as the ones in diverse, resilient ecosystems and cuisines around the world? And who will actually benefit as insects are scaled up? Are insects a mirror that reflects our broken food systems, or the silver bullet that will fix them?


Wed 22 Mar 17
17:30 - 20:00


DTU Skylab


DTU Skylab
Diplomvej, building 373A
Kgs. Lyngby

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18 JUNE 2018