Human insect use and consumption – a compilation

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Acheta domesticus or House cricket

I was shocked to read recently that around 1 TRILLION (1 trillion = 1,000,000,000,000) individual insects are currently raised for consumption and killed on farms every year. It’s a staggering number, all the more so for the fact that it’s almost never publicised. Despite over a decade living vegan, I was previously completely unaware that the exploitation of insects is so extensive. And that exploitation is booming.

The INFOODS program at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome has published the Food composition database for biodiversity with the aim of making nutritional values of wild and underutilized foods available. In the latest version (2017 version 4.0) of this database, a total of 471 entries of edible insects were included. Looking more closely, I discovered that there are six common commercial edible insect species at present, including cricket (Acheta domesticus), honeybee (Apis…

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3 thoughts on “Human insect use and consumption – a compilation

  1. Here’s another example of cloning an endangered animal, in this case the Przewalski’s horse. What a beautiful horse. As long as they can reproduce naturally, and it appears they can.

    I’m glad that there a few forward-thinking humans in the world working on a backup plan for when we inevitably will destroy all life on earth, from war, nuclear disaster, primitive killing lust, greed, and dare I say it – stupidity:

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