Saara-Maria Kauppi

Saara-Maria Kauppi
Norwegian University of Science and Technology | NTNU · Department of Product Design

Master of Arts
Finishing my PhD on edible insects, design and consumer acceptance


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PhD student working on edible insects and design. Background in graphic design and sustainability studies.


Publications (7)
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Edible insects are regarded as one of the most sustainable animal protein sources for human consumption, but for western people insects are a rather unusual food ingredient. In the media, however, insect consumption is gaining increasing attention and people are starting to acknowledge insects as a potential source of protein. The eating of insects...
Butter is one of the foods with a high environmental impact on the environment. Margarine on the other hand is recognized as less environmentally impacting spreadable product if it is based on plant hydrogenated oils. However, hydrogenated trans-fats bear the health associated risks, which induces the search for new materials to substitute milk and...
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Edible insects have been introduced as a novel protein source. Although the rationales for insect-eating highlight the urgency of changing diets into more sustainable solutions, there is still a need for better understanding how packaging design is related to adoption of insects. Much consumer research has been conducted to understand the acceptanc...
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This document brings together materials produced for and during the one-day PhD by Design Satellite Session taking place as part of DRS2018 on June 25, as well as the remaining DRS conference running June 26-28, 2018, Limerick, Ireland. In line with the DRS2018 theme of 'Catalyst', the PhD by Design Satellite Session explored how design can be a ca...
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Agriculture, especially meat production, has a significant impact on the environment. In the future, the challenges are the growing population and its sustainable food production. In 2013, United Nations’ Agriculture and Food Organisation published a report that suggests entomophagy – the eating of insects – has the potential to become one of the m...


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Projects (2)
The project is oriented towards the development of EntoWaste modular insect based biorefinery for the valorization of agri-food wastes along the supply chain. It will be oriented towards a threefold innovation: (1) the development of a modular waste utilization technology, (2) insect based feed trials for the most common and regionally important animals, and (3) consumer oriented food product development and design. Such approach will assure the sustainability of the concept and its applicability for the various needs in agricultural production, food processing and consumption in EU and LAC countries. Commercialization potential is estimated for the utilization of agri-food wastes, production of bio-organic fertilizers, bio-organic high protein feed for animals and consumer oriented protein and oil based foods.