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US - Edible insects group shifts focus from food to agriculture

The former North American Edible Insects Coalition has changed its name to the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture and is shifting its focus: NACIA will make the case for using insects as animal feed for a wide variety of creatures, from fish to farm animals. The group is reorganizing as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with a mission to become “a consolidated voice to encourage the positive growth of insects as both feed and food.”

March 29, 2018

The North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture once sought to get people to consider eating bugs. While it’s not dropping that mission entirely, the coalition is expanding into educational efforts that will promote the role of insects throughout the food chain.

The former North American Edible Insects Coalition has changed its name to the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture and is shifting its focus: NACIA will make the case for using insects as animal feed for a wide variety of creatures, from fish to farm animals.

The group is reorganizing as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with a mission to become “a consolidated voice to encourage the positive growth of insects as both feed and food.”

“Part of that reasoning is to be able to apply for grant funding—as opposed to the goals of a trade association,” ​NACIA Board Chair Robert Allen explained to FeedNavigator. “Educating the public, consumers, and businesses, identifying the research that is needed, and helping aggregate research and potentially prioritizing and funding future research—those activities [are] a lot more pertinent.”​

Source: Associations Now // Original Article 

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