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Photograph: Catherine Karnow/CorbisReports on Entomophagy are not new, nor is its presence in international media. Over the last decade, FAO's work on insects as food and feed has been covered by all major media outlets worldwide including BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Economist, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, El País and Science Magazine. Here you can find an archive of some of these major stories highlighting our work since 2004:

 

9 April 2018 While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting. [more]
New novel food rules will 15 January 2018 As the new EU novel food rules start kicking in (from January 1, 2018), European insect producers have welcomed the move claiming that it should pave the way for the wider use of insects as food. And an influx of applications concerning the use of insects in food could be seen this year as the new rules take effect, according to IPIFF, the European umbrella organization representing the interests of the Insect Production sector for Food and Feed. [more]
16 May 2017 Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers say. While consumers' reluctance to eat insects may limit their consumption, even a small increase would bring benefits, the team says. This could potentially be achieved by using insects as ingredients in some pre-packaged foods. Using data collected primarily by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, scientists have compared the environmental impacts of conventional meat production with those of alternative sources of food. It is the first study to do so. [more]
Insect-Based Munchies Coming to Grocery Stores Across Switzerland 16 May 2017 Switzerland is known for its luxurious cheeses and velvety-smooth chocolates, but creepy crawly cuisine might become the country’s next food craze. As the The Local reports, the Swiss government recently lifted restrictions on selling insects and insect-based products. Grocery stores are now allowed to stock mealworms, locusts and crickets, provided that the snacks comply with food safety regulations. [more]
16 May 2017 Serious moves are being made to put the likes of crickets, grasshoppers, buffalo worms and meal worms firmly on the menu. Those who believe that insects are both a valuable source of protein and a food that requires less energy to produce, believe a big change is on the way. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017