Adam Banks: Report Published

New Nuffield Farming Report published – Adam Banks: ‘Farming insects for food: opportunities and challenges’

Adam Banks, NSch 2018, has published his Nuffield Farming Report titled ‘Farming insects for food: Opportunities and challenges”. It is now available for download on the Nuffield International website at or can be downloaded directly at

Report Title: Farming insects for food: Opportunities and challenges

Sponsor: The Food Chain Scholarship

Countries Visited: The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Thailand and USA

Study Objectives

  • To explore the insects as food sector and understand the main drivers for its growth around the world.
  • To learn what opportunities exist for new entrants and what can be learnt from insect entrepreneurs in other countries.
  • To build up a picture of what the future might hold for the emerging edible insect industry


  • Despite a cultural aversion to eating insects in the West, most European consumers are aware that insects could play a role in our future diets. Children under the age of 12 are the demographic most receptive to the idea of eating insects.
  • Evidence suggests that insects are at least as nutritious as meat and may provide additional environmental benefits. Larger scale environmental studies and clinical trials are required to fully understand the impacts of producing and eating insects.
  • Although new food regulations have been problematic for European insect producers, they should improve public safety and retailer confidence going forward.
  • There is a strong pro-insect lobby in Brussels; post-Brexit the UK may fall behind the rest of the EU without government support.
  • Those involved in the sector must collaborate to promote insect agriculture in the UK.


Notes to the Editor:

The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) is a registered charity (Reg. Charity No. 1098519) that awards approximately 20 scholarships annually in the UK to young people between the ages of 22 and 45 from across the agricultural industry.

There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programmes in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe; Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).

The 2019 Nuffield Farming Conference is to be held 27-29 November 2019 at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Nuffield Scholarships are only made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across agriculture and the food industry. NFST work with over 100 sponsors to develop individuals who will become tomorrow’s leaders and inspire change in our industry. 

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must work within the farming, food, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries.
  • Applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years (the upper age limit is 45 on 31st July in the year of application).
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications, but applicants will already be well established in their career and demonstrate a passion for the industry they work in and be three years post-tertiary education.
  • Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK agriculture.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to anyone in full-time education or to further research projects.

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