“Our planet faces huge challenges because of the growing population and increasing competition for scarce resources, and we believe that insects are part of the solution” Antoine Hubert - IPIFF President
IPIFF is an EU non-profit organisation which represents the interests of the insect production sector towards EU policy makers, European stakeholders & citizens. Composed of 40 members, IPIFF promotes the use of insects & insect derived products as top tier source of nutrients for human consumption & animal feed.
IPIFF main mission is to promote the wider use of insects as an alternative or new source of protein for human consumption and animal feed through continuous dialogue with the European institutions (i.e. the European Commission, the EU Member States authorities, the European Parliament and the European Food Safety Authority). Notably, IPIFF centres its activities around advocating for appropriate EU legislative frameworks to apply to insect production.
The association also supports its members in the effective implementation of EU food & feed safety legislations, such as through the promotion and/or development of shared standards. Most IPIFF members are European small and medium enterprises who produce insects for the European market i.e. start-up companies as well as long-established businesses, who based on their experience in the production of insects (e.g. bio control, pet food, etc.) decided to diversity their activities.
Furthermore, IPIFF collaborates with renowned universities and research institutes as well as with several insect producers established outside Europe: these actors have a status of associated members within the association. Registered in the EU transparency register, IPIFF is a member of various 'EU institutional consultative platforms' established by EU public authorities (e.g. the European Commission Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health, Animal Health, EFSA Stakeholders’ Forum, EU aquaculture Advisory Council).Why eat insects?
Our planet faces huge challenges due a growing population and increasing competition for scarce resources. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. In order to feed the growing population, the world needs to increase its food production by 70%.
Animal feed production is increasingly competing for resources (land, water and fertilizers) with human food and/or fuel production. This
contributes to increase pressure on the environment (e.g. water supply, deforestation or soil decline in producing countries). Meat consumption is expected to increase by 72% between 2000 and 2030. In order to meet this rising demand, we need an extra 60 Million Tonnes (MT) of proteins by 2030.
IPIFF believes that insects are part of the solution, because of the following reasons:
1. Insects have the potential to become a reliable alternative and/or addition to most common protein sources for aquaculture and
2. Whilst insects are already part of the staple diet of around 2,5 billion people worldwide, IPIFF forecasts that insect proteins will soon
become a commonly and widely accepted component of western societies' diets, including in Europe.\
3. In general, insect production has a much lower environmental impact than livestock: insects can be farmed with less resources (e.g.
land, water, feed, energy) whilst generating lower greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants.