Michelmores backs sustainable agriculture at the 2019 Insects as Food and Feed (IFF) Conference

Michelmores is delighted to have supported the 2019 Insects as Food and Feed (IFF) Conference which took place on 2 & 3 April at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. The conference was attended by a wide range of participants, including insect producers, entomologists, scientists, farmers - and many others, interested in the emerging insects industry.

Rachel O'Connor, Senior Associate in Michelmores' Agriculture team and Freya Lemon, Associate in the Firm's Commercial team, discusses the successful 2019 conference in the video below.


Michelmores lawyers Rachel O'Connor and Freya Lemon attended the event, sharing their expertise in relation to the legal aspects of the role insects will play in securing sustainable and sufficient protein sources for generations to come in a series of panel discussions.

Following a change in EU Legislation in July 2017 which permits the use of insect protein in aquaculture, the industry is ramping up to deliver commercial scale operations. 2018 saw a 40% increase in investment in insect protein than previous years demonstrating the huge advances that this sector is making.

Commenting on the conference, Rachel O'Connor said:

"The 2019 IFF conference was a huge success, bringing together people and organisations from all corners of the sustainable agriculture industry. We were fortunate to hear from the producers and professionals working at the cutting edge of this emerging industry, which has huge potential for growth.

"It has been a real pleasure to support the conference again this year, and we look forward to next year's event."

In the run up to the event, Rachel O'Connor also spoke to BBC Radio 4's Farming Today programme about the conference, and how insect protein could be an important, and much needed, new source of protein for animal feed in the future.