At the congress of the European Association of Food Insect Producers and Food Suppliers, Marco Ceriani, Italbugs CEO, launches a circular economy project centered on silkworm. The breeding silkwarm combines two strengths of Made in Italy: agro-food and textile.
Thus Ceriani explains to Ansa: “Starting from the field from the intensive cultivation of the mulberry, whose leaves are the main feeding of the silkworm and with which you can also make jams; so from the worm you get two products: first is a flour with which we made a panettone (tipycal milanese cake) I called ‘Panseta’ and the other is, of course, silk.”
The process works and it’s safe, Ceriani explains experienced of his studies at the Italbugs lab in Wageningen. A ‘forced’ choice to move from Milan to the dutch university because in Italy there is still no legislation on edible insects.
The European Novel Food Regulation starting on January 2018, introduces an authorization procedure which must start from a request to national authorities, but Italy has not yet adapted to the new legislation.
“Anyway I’ll bring the project it to Italy” says Ceriani al Ansa, starting from silk production starting from the flour production in Netherlands. We want to overcome the 500 thousand euro investment – concludes Ceriani – and empower at least 10 people in the two-year period 2018-2020 among food, textiles and accessories. ”
In addition to the research center and offices located at the Technology Park in Lodi and part of the production at Wageningen, the project is completed with an urban silkworm farm, an interactive museum in Bologna.