Forest insects as food: Humans bite back

FOREST INSECTS AS FOOD : HUMANS BITE BACK

Proceedings of a workshop on Asia-Pacific resources and
their potential for development


19-21 February 2008, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Edited by

P.B. Durst, D.V. Johnson, R.N. Leslie and K. Shono





RAP PUBLICATION 2010/02

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific





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Abstract

The idea of eating insects nearly always brings about an immediate reaction. While some people find the very thought of eating a beetle or other insect revolting, others smile and smack their lips, perhaps recalling the roasted grubs their mothers prepared as childhood treats or their favourite deep-fried grasshopper snack that accompanied drinks with friends. Humans have been eating insects for millennia and, even today, the practice remains far more widespread than is generally believed. Although modern society has largely shunned insects from the dinner table, entomophagy - the practice of eating insects - is getting renewed attention from nutritionists, food security experts, environmentalists and rural development specialists. Based on contributions from some of the world's leading experts on entomophagy, this publication highlights the potential of edible forest insects as a current and future food source, documents their contribution to rural livelihoods and highlights important linkages between edible forest insects and forest management.