Session 4: The minds of insects and why they matter

The global Insects as Food and Feed (IAFF) industry currently farms over a trillion individual insects a year and is growing rapidly. However, despite the Dutch Animal Act (2013) listing several insect species as “production animals” whose wellbeing need to be respected, there’s a lack of policy and regulation over the use of insects in food farming as well as a gap in knowledge and understanding of insect sentience.

This session aims to explore this emerging question, the current state of play in insect sentience and what is at stake in insect farming, helping veterinary and animal welfare professionals understand their role in protecting the welfare of insects used in food production. Our sector can positively impact the quality of production, regulatory compliance, public perception and the overall success of insect farming as a viable source of food.