Dr Alan Hernandez Alvarez - 'Building up an appetite for a new kind of grub: Insects, algae, fungi and creepy bacteria'
Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Time: 12:00 13:00
Location: School of Earth and Environment 8.119 (seminar rooms)
Speaker: Dr Alan Hernandez Alvarez, Food Science and Nutrition
Chair: Professor Steve Banwart, Director
Title: Building up an appetite for a new kind of grub: Insects, algae, fungi and creepy bacteria: Novel and Emergent Protein Sources as potential ingredients for Functional and Nutraceutical Foods.
Abstract: While facing climate change and natural resource scarcity, ensuring sufficient, nutritious, safe and affordable food to a fast-growing world population with changing dietary habits becomes increasingly challenging. Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future, the World Resources Institute estimates we will need 70% more food to meet global demand in 2050 than in 2006.
It is unlikely that improvements in agricultural productivity alone will be able to close this gap, given that yields would have to increase 33% faster than they did during the Green Revolution. The protein supply is in this respect most critical, both for human consumption and animal feed. Integration of a variety of new or alternative protein sources from terrestrial and/or aquatic origin into new and/or existing processes or products needs to be explored, in order to develop and ensure more sustainable, resilient supply chains, featuring high consumer acceptability by a clean labelling approach and attractive market opportunities.
Schedule: Dr Alan Hernandez Alvarez will give a 30-minute talk on his research and the remaining 30 minutes will be left open for questions and networking.
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