Leon leads an international team of nutritionists and innovation managers for the world’s eighth largest animal feed company, ForFarmers. The team is responsible for day-to-day technical performance as well as the delivery of new innovative products to the business. He is also active in various research collaborations with other companies, institutes and universities, including the department of animal nutrition at Wageningen University. He graduated cum laude from Wageningen as a bioprocess engineer and has a PhD from the same institution.
Though rich in business potential, the use of insects as an alternative protein source in animal feeds remains in its infancy. If that potential is to be fully realised, there remains much we need to learn about how insects can be produced cost efficiently, safely and in ways that protect animal, and ultimately, human health. Leon, who heads up ForFarmers’ innovation programme in this area, is at the forefront of current research. He tells us what’s been learned so far and provides guidance for businesses eager to introduce insects to the animal food chain.