Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Bugs Feeding the World: 12 Companies Selling Edible Insects

Around the globe, at least 2 billion people eat bugs, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. However, most of the Western world regards eating insects with reluctance or even disgust. This seemingly arbitrary cultural view has been preventing research surrounding insect agriculture, until recent years.

In 2013, the U.N. FAO issued a report examining the valuable role of edible insects in solving food system issues like food security, human health, and environmental sustainability.

The report states that insects generally provide high levels of fat, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals, though exact values vary based on species. This makes them a highly nutritious and healthy food source for humans. In addition, they can serve as an effective source of feed for livestock in an era when demands for feed production are increasing rapidly.

Raising insects for consumption is environmentally beneficial because of their high efficiency. The report states that crickets only require 2 kilograms of feed for every 1 kilogram of body weight gain, as opposed to an average of 5.8 kilograms of feed per kilogram of body weight gain for common Western livestock. Insects also emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia, and require less land and water than other species of livestock.

When the U.N. report was released, it spurred worldwide interest in insect agriculture and insect protein, and now there are numerous companies and businesses capitalizing on the edible insect market.


We may need to add a stripe to the trans pride flag for bugs being good to eat.

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