In January 2021, the National Environment Agency launched the Food Resource Valorisation Awards to recognise the efforts of companies that engage in food waste valorisation and raise awareness of the food waste valorisation concept.
The Food Resource Valorisation Awards seek to encourage more organisations to adopt and develop food waste valorisation solutions, by recognising companies that engage in the conversion of food waste, such as homogenous by-products, rejects and mixed food waste, into products that contribute to a sustainable economy.
The inaugural Food Resource Valorisation Awards 2021 was held on 29 September 2021,
Insectta was honoured to received the award from Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment, who noted “Food waste is an important issue both globally and in Singapore. Innovative methods like food resource valorisation can strengthen Singapore’s resource resilience by closing the food loop, and drive Singapore’s transition towards a circular economy. The valorised products can also become agri-food inputs to contribute to Singapore’s vision of producing 30 per cent of our nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030.”
As one of the Merit award winners, we were invited to give a sharing on our black soldier fly biomaterial technology. The FVA was introduced to encourage and recognise the efforts in food resource valorisation solutions. The inaugural FVA was open to entities registered and/or based in Singapore, including companies that either adopt or offer food resource valorisation solutions.
After the sharing session, we were honoured to join the live panel session where we answered questions from the public on waste valorisation, and gave our unique perspective as Singapore's first black soldier fly company.