North America Coalition for Insect Agriculture (NACIA)
The North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture (NACIA) began in 2016 when around fifty stakeholders in the insects for food and feed industry met at the Eating Insects Detroit Conference. Initially working as the North American Edible Insect Coalition (NAEIC), through 2016 and 2017 a board of directors was nominated and elected from among the public by and for the educators, researchers and entrepreneurs in the growing “BugAg,” movement. With the recent advances for the potential uses of insects beyond food products, the Board would like to be able to provide the most accurate information to the public, assist in new avenues of research and provide resources for new market entrants. Consequently we felt the change from NAEIC to NACIA would better reflect the broader diversity of species and applications for insects and insect products.