Dr. Kartik Baruah
Associate Senior Lecturer (Aquaculture)
In Sweden, several cutting-edge studies are ongoing in developing novel feed materials from sources like forest waste streams, household waste, waste from food processing industries, invertebrates for application in the sustainable farming of terrestrial and aquatic animals. It has been predicted that the use of these novel food/feed materials as protein and fat sources can positively contribute to global food security. Despite many benefits, many challenges are encountered in the application of these feed ingredients in farmed animals. Top in the list of these obstacles is the issue of food safety and nutrition laws because of the microbiological and chemical health risks these ingredients possibly pose. Based on the current literature, there is a need to balance the food safety concerns and the nutritional benefits of these ingredients to boost the confidence of the final consumer as well as food safety agencies and to ease the trade of these commodities. As GHI´s Ambassador to Sweden, I plan to contribute to addressing these issues, as well as provide food safety authorities with GHI press releases, organise meetings and give presentations.