Campaigns

Little Herds Fundraising

We’ve got some exciting ideas cooking for how to raise funds for our educational activities in 2016 and beyond, including a Little Herds Speaker Network, educational events, a partnership with nonprofit Farms for Orphans for a cricket-farming initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo, industry support, grants and potentially even a crowdfunding campaign for the bigger ideas we’re proposing.

In the meantime, you can always support Little Herds with your personal contribution. You can also get Little Herds gear now, with every purchase donating back to our mission.

Safety Protocols for Insects for Food and Feed (SPIFFs)

Many people are surprised to learn that the US and many (most) other countries do not have a clearly defined regulatory framework for the use of insects as a food for people, or as feed for pets and livestock. Since our start, Little Herds has been in communication with regulatory agencies, from the local to the federal level, to better understand how to share this idea with the public transparently and honestly while still ensuring that the products we use are safe and wholesome.

We are seeking to establish recognized industry best-practices that are globally applicable, that companies can voluntarily adopt to provide consumer confidence in the safety and responsibility of this new industry. Drawing from guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, as well as regulatory agencies, experts and academics around the world, we are building a framework in lieu of, and in anticipation of, clearly defined and enforceable regulations to provide public confidence in the use of insects as food and feed. We want to make sure that these standards are both broadly applicable, but also strict enough to assure consumers and regulators as to the safety and wholesomeness of insect products.

Look for more information on this front in an upcoming Little Herds Ento-Blog post.

Ento-Data

Using insects for food and feed is a pretty new idea for some places, especially here in the US. Because it’s such a new idea, there isn’t all that much information out there about this growing industry, especially when it comes to specific numbers that other industries take for granted. Sales numbers, production numbers, even market research…it’s all lacking for the bug biz. Why? Companies that are pioneering this movement are reticent to share information publicly, and we get it. Nobody wants to be the only one with cards on the table when this industry is teeming with innovation and unprecedented ideas that people want to protect.

But what if we could get all that data, without giving away anybody’s secret recipe? What if Little Herds could show how much this industry is growing; how quickly it’s scaling; how much of an impact it’s actually having on our health and our planet? That’s exactly what we’re proposing.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Little Herds is seeking input from Ento-industry stakeholders and advocates from all countries to discuss the UNFAO’s continued involvement in the insects for food and feed sector. We are drafting a petition to send to the UNFAO and seek your pledge of support. If you are interested in hearing more and pledging your support to ask the FAO to keep insects as food and feed on the continuing agenda, please let us know.

For more on these recent developments, see @4EntoFood’s report:
http://4ento.com/2016/02/10/fao-turning-back-edible-insects/

Look for more information on this front in an upcoming Little Herds Ento-Blog post.

Ento-Prize

We are discussing with partners the possibility of offering a pitch-competition specifically geared towards edible insect startups. This prize challenge would be open to startups globally, submitted remotely, seeking applicants from all aspects of the industry; farming, processing, consumer products, advocacy and technology focused or sustainable development oriented. The goal would be to have the challenge finals scheduled for early 2017. Hey, we can dream, right?

Look for more information on this front in an upcoming Little Herds Ento-Blog post.