Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO – University of Copenhagen

Department of Food and Resource Economics - IFRO

Termite nest. Photo: alfotokunst/ScanStockPhoto

Combining product attributes with recommendation and shopping location attributes to assess consumer preferences for insect-based food products

(abstract) Because edible insects provide nutritional and environmental benefits, there is a focus on establishing and optimizing the insect production sector and developing the value chain. However, little is known about consumers’ reactions to insects as food. This paper provides a first insight into consumers’ preferences for termite-based food products (TBFPs) using data from a choice experiment survey in Kenya. more >>

Ethical aspects of insect production for food and feed

(abstract) Given a growing global human population and high pressures on resources, interest in insects as a source of protein for human food (entomophagy) and for animal feed is growing. So far, the main issues discussed have been the embedded technical challenges of scaling up the production. The use of insects as a major human food and feed source is thought to present two major challenges: (1) how to turn insects into safe, tasty socially acceptable feed and food; and (2) how to cheaply yet sustainably produce enough insects? more >>

Artificial evolution

A new study from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and University of Queensland presents examples of how humans not only contribute to the extinction of species but also drive evolution, and in some cases the emergence of entirely new species. The study was published in Proceedings of Royal Society B. Postdoc Joseph Bull from Department of Food and Resource Economics is the lead author. Humans artificially drive evolution of new species >>

Tax on unhealthy fats

In a recent article in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Department of Food and Resource Economics together with colleagues from Oxford show that the Danish saturated fat tax did have a positive impact on the nation’s health, despite what has been said by its critics. Go to the University of Oxford to read more >>