Insects are an untapped natural resource with the potential to change our agricultural systems to be more safe, sustainable, and equitable. The mission of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture is to encourage positive use of Insects in North America.
It has been an eventful year for NACIA and for the field of insect agriculture.
We hosted approx. 130 people at the Eating Insects Athens Conference, three days of education, food, science, culture, and art at the University of Georgia.
We sent representatives to present at Insects to Feed the World in Wuhan, China and to the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) Annual Event in Brussels, Belgium.
We have organized working groups around key priorities and are in the process of assembling guidance documents and information on a variety of topics. (Watch for releases in the coming months.)
We swiftly responded to proposed legislation that would limit government funding for insect agriculture research.
We attended the USDA listening session for the latest Farm Bill and advocated for the inclusion of insect agriculture.
We teamed up with Google to promote and advocate for insect agriculture in the Google Refresh Tent at SXSW.
The mission of NACIA is informed by five key points:
1. Sustainability: Facilitate the more efficient use of resources, land, water, greenhouse gas [ghg], energy, and beyond, in agricultural production through the use of insects.
2. Safety: Facilitate insect agriculture and products that meet or exceed the highest regional standards of safety in their applications, including, but not limited to, food and feed.
3. Ethics: The coalition will encourage the ethical behavior and promote diversity of companies and members.
4. Accessibility: Foster small and large scale approaches to insect farming and product development, as well as provide resources, tools and opportunities to new companies entering the insect agriculture sector.
5. Transparency: The coalition will be transparent in work, meetings, resources, etc. We encourage members to similarly adopt transparency in their dealings.