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Ten tips for exploring controversies

This week you’ve focused on one controversy, alternative proteins, but there are others you’ll be interested in researching. Here are ten things to bear in mind when exploring a food …

Q&A with producer of edible insect products

We asked Christian Bärtsch, Co-Founder of Essento, some questions about the role of edible insects in the future, to give the perspective of an entrepreneur making insect-based delicacies for new …

The pros and cons of alternative proteins

There are pros and cons, of course, in the case of each of the alternative sources of protein we have described. Here we separate them into three classes: nutrition, safety …

Insects in animal feed

Even if humans don’t accept insects in their diet, there’s another option for exploiting their protein producing potential. Producing animal feed, such as soymeal and fishmeal is a resource-intensive activity …

Insects as food

In recent years, edible insects have captured the attention of many Western entrepreneurs. Insects are now legally recognised as novel food in Europe and many countries have started producing and …

Alternatives to animal-derived proteins

There are four main groups of alternative sources of protein. Image by shersor/stock.adobe.com Source Protein-rich plants, such as soy and legumes, can be used to replace animal protein in meals …

Why do we need alternative sources of protein?

Image by photka /stock.adobe.com Source Protein-rich diets are placing meat consumption at the centre of a global controversy. In many countries, especially in the West, individuals are consuming protein at …

Newsreel: Alternative proteins

This mock news video introduces the first controversy you’ll be exploring on this course: alternative proteins, and the part they may have to play in the future of global food …

Meet the team

In this course you’ll hear from a range of experts from the University of Reading, the University of Turin and the European Food Information Council (EUFIC). Your Educators Meet the …

Defining a controversy

In this course we will be covering a sample of the many current controversies in the food system. But what is a ‘controversy’ after all? Is it the same as …
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