Portugal bugs

portugal bugs

What is Portugal bugs?

Portugal Bugs is a start-up born at the University of Porto, pioneer in Portugal in the creation and transformation of insects for human consumption. Our main objective is to be the first Portuguese company to be able to place insect products in the national market and to do this we need some help.

What is the Portuguese insects Association?

In the mean time we also created a Portuguese Insect Industry association called Portugal Insects, in partnership with EntoGreen that’s focused in rearing Black soldier fly and Nutrix that is rearing crickets for human consumption.

When will Portugal become self-sufficient in insect farming?

In Portugal we have some home breeders who rear insects to sell them as pet food to pet shops, and we got our first insects from those breeders. Now we already have our production and we expect to be self-sufficient in the end of 2018.

Why insect powder for Portuguese consumers?

Our experience with the portuguese consumers shows that we have a window of opportunity for products whit insect powder because it removes the negative opinion or expectation that the consumer have about eating insects. Our experience shows us a very good acceptance from the consumer.

Are there any insect problems in Portugal?

Vacations in Portugal, the insect problems. Portugal, like nearly every country in the world, has its fair share of poisonous insects, arachnids, snakes, and even caterpillars. Do not let this put you off of your vacation or camping trip, there are many remedies which you should carry with you just in case.

What is the productivity of Agriculture in Portugal?

Agricultural productivity (gross farm output per person employed) was well below that of the other West European countries in 1985, at half of the levels in Greece and Spain and a quarter of the EC average. The region of Alentejo is known as the breadbasket of Portugal due to its extensive farming and cereal production.

Why is there a growing demand for organic food in Portugal?

The supply is still less than the demand, reflecting the fact that organic farming is still at an initial stage. The Portuguese are growing more conscious of health and the environment, which explains the rising interest in natural foods and fibres. Their increasing purchasing power encourages this development.

Why insect powder for Portuguese consumers?

Our experience with the portuguese consumers shows that we have a window of opportunity for products whit insect powder because it removes the negative opinion or expectation that the consumer have about eating insects. Our experience shows us a very good acceptance from the consumer.

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