The purpose of this agenda and vision on the insect chain is to foster support and encourage the further development of the insect chain. By now, many of us are aware that food production in the Netherlands must undergo further development in order to reduce the impact on the environment. This process involves the development of more circular or climate-neutral solutions that are in balance with nature. Insects can contribute to sustainable and responsible food for people like us. At present, commercial insect breeding takes place in the Netherlands on a small and large scale for food, animal feed and technical purposes. The Netherlands is the global leader in terms of insect breeding. With production steadily increasing and demand on the rise, the scientific community, in addition to government authorities and other stakeholders, is fully engaged in the industry. This has created the momentum for development and innovation within the insect chain to be structured and shaped further.
The agenda provides stakeholders with a set of guidelines that will allow them to strengthen the insect chain in the years to come. Thanks to the sustainable nature of insects, and the unprecedented possibilities and opportunities they could provide, ambition, daring and enthusiasm abound, which is exactly what is needed in this fledging industry. At the same time, this growth has also resulted in greater exposure, leading to questions which do not always have a clear answer. This agenda provides a structure to build a more transparent and future-proof insect chain.