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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:

 

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]
These tiny insects taste like pumpkin seeds 30 January 2017 At first glance, it looks like a fancy filing system. But on closer inspection, the bottom drawer contains some surprising inhabitants: fresh mealworms. Unger is the founder and CEO of LIVIN Farms , a sustainable food company that manufactures DIY mealworm farms. Dubbed the Hive, her desktop devices are part of a recent push to embrace insects as a sustainable, nutritious protein source. According to a report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization , the world will be home to 9 billion people by 2050 -- and insects' ability to provide food at a low environmental cost will be "fundamental to the survival of humankind." [more]
24 January 2017 According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, insects consume six times less feed while providing three times as much protein per pound. And though long an accepted source of people’s diet in parts of Latin America and Asia, they’re now starting to trend among adventurous North American foodies. [more]

last updated:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017