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Anyone in New Zealand


I am trying to find like minded people who might be in New Zealand. I have always been keen to farm bugs for human consumption, it just makes sense. Anyone know of anyone in NZ trying to do this?


  • I'm just starting - but in Aus (if that helps).
  • You guys are close to a lot of great Asian markets for edible insects :)
  • I'm thinking that once I get established there are Asian food outlets in most eastern countries who would love to introduce bugs as a novelty. Of course then there is a whole new learning curve about the human food market and the by-laws. Could be done though.
  • For sure - to be honest I think in the short/medium term, negotiating laws, etc. is going to be as big a part of making this stuff work as learning to farm bugs.
  • I'm just looking into setting up a farm I New Zealand. Looking into feasibility studies now.

  • Hi Gus - If looking to market insects for human consumption there has been some discussion elsewhere in the Forum regarding European legal issues. As for NZ , it seems to be somewhat of a similar case that what you are actually marketing is a food (insects) traditionally eaten by other cultures & so just overlooked when NZ food laws were written.

    See (2012) "Proposed Future Regulation of Nutritive Substances and Novel Foods in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code"; Synopsis quote regarding Novel food as 2 cases (non-traditional & novel foods)

    "...a food must be considered non-traditional before it can be considered novel ... ‘non-traditional food’ includes the term history of human consumption, which is not defined elsewhere in the Code ... it is difficult to be certain which foods should be considered non-traditional and subsequently whether they should be subject to the second arm of the definition of novel food.

    " ...non-traditional food means – - - - - (a) a food that does not have a history of human consumption in Australia or New Zealand; or (b) a substance derived from a food, where that substance does not have a history of human consumption in Australia or New Zealand other than as a component of that food; or (c) any other substance, where that substance, or the source from which it is derived, does not have a history of human consumption as a food in Australia or New Zealand.

    "...novel food means a non-traditional food and the food requires an assessment of the public health and safety considerations having regard to – - - - - - (a) the potential for adverse effects in humans; or (b) the composition or structure of the food; or (c) the process by which the food has been prepared; or (d) the source from which it is derived; or (e) patterns and levels of consumption of the food

    "... For ‘traditional’ foodstuffs and ingredients, there is currently no pre-market assessment by FSANZ ...."

    This contact might still be valid for more orientation: Project Officer, Novel and Nutritive Substances Food Standards Australia New Zealand, PO Box 10559, The Terrace, WELLINGTON 6036

  • Hi there, just wondering how you got on with starting up an insect farm here in New Zealand? I have done some google searching and can't seem to find any one actually growing them here for sale - only companies selling products from insects grown overseas. My husband and I are currently growing mealworms for our own consumption, but we are planning to delve into a bigger farm in the next year. It would be great to find out how you are all going? I have started to look into MPI - and it appears that insects are not considered a novel food so I assume we just have to go through the same certification process as any other food producer? Thanks

  • Yes I'm interested to know too. My husband and I are thinking about starting one up. . . going to try get used to eating them ourselves first. . . haven't tried any yet.

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