FOOD Administrator Level


Food Industry Administrator

Julianne Kopf (Unopposed)

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I will contribute by keeping an updated access of the latest research that is going on in the insect industry and academia. This will give new and old members a place to check and collaborate to see if there is research already being done, who to go to for questions and discussions, as well as discussing what can be done for the future of research and industry.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I am qualified for this position because I have a background in Food Science and Technology, working on my masters in Food Science and Technology, and started my own edible insect company (Bugeater Foods). I understand the industry and academia side of this industry and for our industry to grow we need to collaborate industry and academia. Through Bugeater Foods I have talked with a lot of co packers as well as understand regulations that need to be followed to keep this industry clean, safe, and transparent. Our company has received a Phase 1 SBIR USDA grant to do research on extruded edible insect products. Through this experience I have an understanding of how to find some grants and funding for farms, research, and other projects. For this industry to grow producers, innovators, manufacturers, and law makers need to keep the edible insect movement a positive movement. I have a lot of knowledge and understanding of this industry which can be helpful to expand the industry.


 

Food Outreach Administrator

Robert Nathan Allen

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

Using my knowledge of the industry and experience working in educational outreach for insects as food and feed, I will lead, contribute to and promote the outreach efforts of the NAEIC. I will work with coalition members and the Board of Directors to identify, build and execute outreach campaigns to further the mission and goals of the organization. I will draw on my personal experience and network to build a broader base for the NAEIC to connect with the public and key individuals on topics that further the growth of the industry as a whole. I will also help cement our NAEIC brand image and grow the public's perception of the NAEIC as the paramount industry organization for insects as food and feed.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I am the Founder and Director of the educational nonprofit Little Herds, which has been a reliable and influential resource on insects as food and feed to the public, the industry, educators, regulators and policy makers. I have secured media exposure and public awareness of both the industry as a whole, and the stakeholders leading the industry; from researchers to educators to students, from farms to processors to product makers. My position in the industry as a nonprofit and experience from Little Herds allows me a unique perspective on how the NAEIC can successfully engage the public in its outreach efforts.

 

John Guyton

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I have three noteworthy strengths: divergent thinking, interest in cooking insects and skill as a teacher. I have fed well over 6,000 people from over 20 countries insects.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

Like a lot of members, I have been involved in introducing people to edible insects for a long time - around 20 years. Several years ago my wife, Peggy, became involved when I could no longer purchase the edible insects we had been supplying for Mississippi State University’s International Insect Rearing Workshop. In place of the single treat, we began providing insect snacks at all of their 10 breaks. I am an instructor in this workshop and responsible for discussing the future of the edible insects industry and the legal needs of the industry.

 

Joseph Skipper

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

The main goal to accomplish is to give all my knowledge to help and educate new consumers, and help to change people’s ideas on how we produce and eat food and to keep creating a healthy life. To establish a new paradigm of perception and desirability as we motivate people across the globe to consume insect protein such as cricket powder. And achieve excellence in entomophagy with the production, harvesting and distribution of the highest quality of insect protein. I am focused and dedicated to provide edible insects and sustainable super foods to a growing market. Due to the fact that the world’s Food Production and Agricultural needs are rapidly changing. It always time to do something new and exciting to help to meet these changing demands on our planet. So I have stepped up to the challenge of changing consumer ideas of how we eat, what we eat, how we produce it and what is healthy for us. I am working hard to provide the most sustainable super foods in form of insect (crickets) and plant based products development.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I know this a tough work and I want and help NAEIC to be recognized as a world leader in providing new alternatives in the form of the finest organic and world-class. We will be respected as well in this insect revolution with our esteemed values of integrity, trustworthiness and accountability in everything. I will give all I have to achieve everything we have on mind.


 

Food Policy Administrator

Eli Cadesky (Unopposed)

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I think insects as food currently enjoy an interesting status in the USA and Canada, we do not have specific legislation nor overburdening regulation. Insects are not considered meat, poultry, or shellfish, they are not considered produce either, as such we have an interesting opportunity to shape our industry's regulations. To do so we require everyone’s input. Insects in USA and Canada currently hold GRAS Status with FDA and Non-Novel Food Exemption from CFIA (Canada counterpart). Our respective government food industries know our industry exists and are keeping an eye on it, but this 'grey-area' status is beneficial to the majority of our industry - we are smaller farmers, smaller processors, and a plethora of burgeoning brands, too much regulation could choke our trade. As initial first steps, I believe it would first be prudent for this role to provide two high level white papers regarding the status of insects as food in USA and Canada. Next I would seek to gain feedback on how current status does or does not suit their needs, with input from stakeholders as to what potential amendments are needed to further their growth while ensuring safety, transparency and consumer confidence. Additionally, I think it is very important that in light of our industry enjoying its ‘grey-area’ status, it is incumbent upon us stakeholders to be extra vigilant in our commitment to food safety and high hygiene standards. Following feedback from stakeholders I would seek for this role to publish more regarding GMP and food handling

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I have been working in this industry for 2 years. Along with my brother Lee Cadesky, I own and operate, C-fu FOODS INC and One Hop Kitchen based in Toronto, Canada. C-fu FOODS purchases insects in various formats (frozen, ground, roasted) from several countries (Canada, USA, EU States) for food processing; using patent pending food science we are creating innovative insect ingredients for B2B supply. One Hop Kitchen is a B2C brand of pasta sauce it is shelf stable and registered with FDA SID. The majority of our customers are in the USA and EU, Canada is a small market and to make our businesses profitable we had to search beyond our national borders. Through international exports I have gained a robust understanding of insects as food in Canada, USA and several EU states.


 

Food Research Administrator

Lee Cadesky

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

As a board member I will help further the coalition's mission by helping to develop resources, information, and research that will assist members of NAEIC in creating safe, wholesome, and nutritious insect food products. Leveraging my experience as a food scientist and edible insect entrepreneur, I hope to assist the coalition in understanding and applying science to edible insects to ensure that this industry develops and promotes foods that are safe and of high quality. As a frequent speaker on the topic of edible insects and as a science educator I hope to also support strong science communication and education both within the coalition and beyond to the public at large. I feel that effective scientific communication between researchers, the media, and the public are critical to advancing the mission of NAEIC and will help foster an evidence based approach to developing this new and promising industry in a way that effectively manages risk and transfers technology into real solutions for the benefit of NAEIC members and the insect-consuming public. I hope that by working with the coalition I can help equip NAEIC members with critical information to help them produce high quality, wholesome, and safe insect food products and liaise with regulatory personnel to help interpret existing regulations and, if needed, adopt new ones that promote a robust food system which includes insects.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I feel I have many qualifications that would make me an excellent Food Research Administrator. Firstly, my educational background in food science and mechanical engineering as well as my experience as an educator equip me with a wide scope of knowledge on food processing, food safety, and food regulations. I hold a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a MS in Food Science from Cornell University where I also lectured. I have a wealth of research experience that spans from the lab to pilot scale plants and am scientifically and technically literate. I am familiar with the production and interpretation of scientific research and have authored papers on food science topics. I also have extensive experience in product and process development and a strong comprehension of the integrated needs of producing foods that are cost effective, high quality, and safe. I am certified in HACCP and have extensive training in the processing of dairy foods which covers a variety of unit operations in food processing that are relevant to almost every food product. I feel that this experience would be vital to NAEIC and important to understanding how a range of insect food ingredients and products may be produced at various scales while mitigating food safety risks and ensuring production is efficient, consistent, and economical. Furthermore, I maintain strong connections with colleagues at Cornell University and food industry leaders. I am a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and keep current with modern research in the field of food science.

Secondly, as an entrepreneur in the edible insect food industry I understand the challenges of producing and marketing insect foods. I have been on the front lines of edible insect research through my work with C-fu FOODS Inc. and regularly interact with and educate the public about the value and potential of insects in food. Through my work developing One Hop Kitchen I am proud to have pioneered one of the first high moisture, shelf-stable insect food products and have had many opportunities to engage the public and the food industry about entomophagy, be it at trade shows, lectures, or markets where we sell One Hop Kitchen pasta sauces. Moreover, as a Canadian who does substantial business in the United States, I have a strong understanding of the regulations in both the US and Canada and import/export regulations relevant to the edible insect industry. As a researcher for my own companies, I maintain my own laboratory and understand the costs and practicalities of scientific research. I have performed independent research on edible insects for over two years and am proud to have developed innovations in edible insect foods that I feel could be important to creating the next generation of insect foods and ingredients.

Lastly, I feel that my ability to communicate science both orally and in writing would be extremely important to promoting the mission of the NAEIC. Scientific communication is vital to ensuring that accurate and effective information is shared with the public and directed in a manner that is informative but also inviting. This can be a tremendous challenge. As a lecturer at Cornell University I have helped numerous students understand scientific principles and as an entrepreneur I have frequently and confidently communicated science and information about edible insects, one-on-one, to the public and to the media in a range of mediums including: newsprint, online articles, radio, and television. Scientific communication has been a key part of my education and I have received awards for technical writing and oral presentation from IFT as well as the American Dairy Science Association. As a Food Research Administrator with NAEIC I would be effective at synthesizing and delivering important information about the edible insect industry to the media and the public as well as support members of the NAEIC to better understand existing regulations and utilize scientific research and principles for the benefit of the industry. I feel that I am a strong candidate for this position and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on edible insects, food science, engineering, regulations, and food safety that would be critical to creating an industry with high quality, wholesome, and inclusive foods.

 

Jakub Dzamba

How will you contribute to the furtherance of the coalition's mission as a board member?

I would prioritize three objectives:

a)       Developing bio-waste streams, such as pre-consumer food waste and spent brewery grains, into edible insect feeds. This would cut the land, water and energy footprint of edible insect production to a fraction of it’s current size, and would make real one of the basic predications that underpins the FAO’s argument for entomophagy.

b)      Research new species of edible insects by considering both, their ability to produce nutrition, and their ability to produce valuable secondary products.  As our ability to abstract insect protein into new ingredients/foods improves, the importance of marketing a specific species of insects decreases.  Developing edible insects that produce valuable secondary products, such as frass, food-colouring, bio-degradable plastics, medicinal components, etc., will integrate entomophagy with existing industries and speed the growth of the entomophagy sector.

c)       Developing entomophagy through inter-disciplinary integration, such as partnerships with college/university campuses and urban food/farming organizations.  Entomophagy is about creating the smallest closed loop system possible, and farming edible insects where people live and work will demonstrate how bio-waste are upcycled as feed, how culinary experts convert insect protein to appetizing foods and how insect by-products such as frass boost the local eco-system.  We all know there is no silver bullet for achieving sustainability.  Sustainability is achieved through synergy between good ideas, and therefor the best way to grow the field of entomophagy is to demonstrate how it will integrate into a future sustainable society.

 

What qualifies you for this position?

I have been developing entomophagy technologies since 2006.  I began with developing small countertop cricket farms, such as the cricket-reactor, and have now graduated to larger designs that are being implemented in urban cricket-farming start-ups across North America.  I am completing my Ph.D. at McGill University with a focus on developing urban edible insect farming technologies.  I am currently a professor at Humber college and operate an urban cricket farming practice on the side, which allows me to act as a bridge between academic and industry research.