When researching the term ‘insect protein’ online I found an interesting piece of information. There is a group that has recently formed that is looking to dig deeper than ever into the subject of entomophagy – that’s the human consumption of insects. The group is the NAEIC – the North American Edible Insect Coalition. While on their website I tried to join, but I’m not sure if my survey answers will earn me a membership application or not.
What impressed me most is that such a group now exists. It sort of gives my argument that insect protein is good for you a bit more support. In the words of the NAEIC, they say their mission is “is to foster collaboration amongst stakeholders and create a consolidated voice to encourage the positive growth of insects as both feed and food” and includes the disclaimer that “this Mission Statement will be revised or approved by the Board of Directors” which makes me think this is an extremely new organization.
It also tells me that if you have been thinking that cricket flour and cricket protein bars are just a fad, think again. The folks who got together to form the Edible Insect Coalition are some of the movers and shakers in this new wave of protein products ranging from insect farmers to product producers. What really makes the most sense is that the group was born from the people in the industry in an effort to move the industry forward. I’ve always believed success is more likely when those with vested interests are involved.
That is why I happen to find the formation of the North American Edible Insect Coalition as such a stroke of brilliance. The Board of Directors was elected following member voting in November and December 2016. A simple Whois Domain search shows that the NAEIC website domain name was originally created on April 4, 2016 so this was not a hastily thrown together group seeking some kind of hangout for like-minded insect eaters.
In fact, if you take a good look at their website you will discover a rather complex but well executed structural flow chart and details on the roles and duties for each and every member of the board. So many other groups could learn some valuable lessons on how to develop a leadership model just from that alone. To say I am impressed is putting it mildly. I think it is safe to say that the North American Edible Insect Coalition is going to have some legs – pun not intended, but I’m not editing it.
For More Information
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My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.