Thesis: Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms

My thesis “Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms Case: High scale production of human food and animal feed” was published in May 2015. The link for the downloadable PDF- file is in the end of the text. The thesis is world’s first scientific study connecting business management and high-scale insect farming for human food and animal feed.  
pirkkoClick here for the downloadable file: Ilkka Taponen Thesis

My presentation about the thesis can be found here

Audiobook version of the thesis is available for purchase in all major stores e.g here

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11 thoughts on “Thesis: Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms

  1. Hi Ilkka,

    First of all, congratulations for finishing your thesis. That’s an accomplishment!

    The insights you share based on your interviews and research touch upon an enormous challenge, risk and opportunity the industry faces: both research and knowledge from all parties involved in the supply chain needs to be made available in order to advance the industry as a whole.

    4Ento is building an awareness platform to support partners, startups, scientists across the value chain. We hope that along with partners we will be able to support and promote industry awareness for the exact reasons you outline.

    Thanks for your thoughts and I look forward to reading your thesis.

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    • Hi Kelly,

      Thank you very much! It is nice to hear you share the same positive view about the research because like I wrote in the blog presenting my thesis, this view is not shared by all the stakeholders.

      After reading the thesis let me know what do think about it!

      Best regards, Ilkka Taponen

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  2. […] Worlds first thesis on risk management in the insect farming industry – well written and very ‘sensible’ points by a entrepreneurial and knowledgeable Finn that I had the pleasure to meet with last  week. Essential reading for anyone thinking about a start up in the insect industry.  Thesis: Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms. […]

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  3. I’m looking forward to read your thesis and completely agree with your comments about the non-transparency of the industrial key players. How can you stimulate entomophagy when you lock the market yourself? It doesn’t make sense. I guess money does..

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  4. Greetings Ilkka,

    Thanks for your valuable contributions to the emergent field. Curious if you’ve had a chance to incorporate this risk assessment of more traditional techniques into your thinking and if you see it as a type of “writing on the wall” regarding certain “sacred cows” in food safety.

    http://www.fairr.org/wp-content/uploads/FAIRR-Factory-Farming-Assessing-Investment-Risks-2016-Report.pdf

    On the small chance you had missed it, I recommend a peek at the companies behind it.

    https://agfundernews.com/institutional-investors-unite-in-fight-against-antibiotic-use-in-livestock5722.html

    https://agfundernews.com/alternative-protein-startups-receive-big-boost-from-investor-coalition-worth-1-25tn.html

    Strange bedfellows indeed. One cannot help but to consider whether this rethinking of risk so radically as to warrant such a powerful coalition to take on their $500bn suppliers in this way is not indicative of a tipping point of sorts.

    Your thoughts would naturally be most welcome.

    Michael

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