Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security

Food Security, Nutrition
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
van Huis, A., van Itterbeeck, J., Klunder, H., et al.
Resource Publication Date:
May, 2013
Content Format:

​This new book, published by FAO and Wageningen UR, assesses the potential of using insects as food and animal feed using existing and available research on the topic. This book has emerged in the context of rising food and feed insecurity, and the need to find more environmentally sustainable solutions to these rising threats. More specifically, the document looks closely at various aspects related to the prospec of insects for food and feed security, including: the role of insects, cultural and religious practices that might influence the use and consumption of insects, insects as a natural resource, environmental opportunities, the nutritional value of human insect consumption, insect farming systems, the use of insects as animal feed, processing, food safety and preservation, livelihood improvement, economic development, communication, and legislation. The report ends with four key recommendations that will facilitate the use of insects as a means of improving food and feed security. 

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