Novel ingredients: Sustainable alternatives for aquafeed, animal feed & food
With a vast predicted increase in the human population provoking sustainability concerns, researchers are finding new options not only for animal and fish feed, but also for human consumption too.
Within the EU, novel ingredients are generally considered to be food ingredients that were not consumed before 1997. Today we will explore novel ingredients and the potential these ingredients hold for aquafeed, animal feed and human consumption in the future.
They are the key to a sustainable future within many industries and are the focus of research and development teams worldwide. Animals, fish and humans can consume novel ingredients, but any ingredients in this category must not endanger or mislead consumers.
Novel ingredients are derived from many different sources. Research in this field hopes to find new materials and alternative protein sources for aquaculture and animal feeds. These ingredients can be taken from insects, microorganisms, fungi, and algae. Other options include materials that are isolated from plants and minerals.
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