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Feeding the World with Insects?

Feeding the World with Insects?

In 2013, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization published a report Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security that argues insects will likely be essential to feeding the world. Insects are not only nutritious, but their cultivation and consumption of insects can create livelihood opportunities and foster economic development. And insects are better for the environment (they use less land and water, boast a relatively high feed conversion efficiency, can be raised on organic side-streams, can help reduce environmental contamination, and emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia) compared to other livestock-protein sources. (It is important to note, however, almost all whole food is a protein source.)

Perhaps most importantly: they're tasty! Many have compared the tastes of various insects to different types of seafood. And many commentators have noted how just a few decades ago, it was a struggle to introduce sushi, now widely considered a delicacy, to American consumers.

While entomophagy might appear a strange idea to Westerners, insects have been part of human diets for thousands of years, and is practiced regularly by roughly 2 billion people today.

Access the full report here.

Have you ever eaten insects? If so, what did you think? If not, would you be willing to try?

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