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INSECTS

Entomophagy

The practice of consuming insects for food; it is constructed from the Greek words éntomon, which means "insect" and phagein, "to eat"

HISTORY

As Man hunted for game and foraged for edible plants, insects were part of the hunt as well. They were easier to find and provided the nutrients that they would need.

The earliest record of eating insects in Europe comes from Greece, where cicadas were considered delicatessen.

Infographic Source: Little Herds.org, from Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations

Infographic Design: Justin Kyle

In most parts of the world (including North, Central and South Ameria, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand), eating insects is common. In fact, over 1'900 species of insects are known to be eaten in 80% of the world's countries and there are about 3'000 ethnic groups that practice entomology.

Infographic Source: Enet.com, from Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations
Infographic Design: Anna Egelhoff

NUTRITION

Insects are famed for their superb nutritional values, in particular, high protein and low-fat content. They are usually rich in essential amino acids and minerals too.

 

Infographic Source: CBS News, from Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations

Infographic Design: Adolfo Arranz, SCMP

Meat production generates a large carbon footprint, uses excessive land and water and causes pollution. Even then, there is also a growing scarcity of food.

 

Thus, insect farming as an alternative source of food is ideal for its low carbon footprint, low land and water usage while generating as much food. 

 

Infographic Source: Ensia.com, from Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations
Infographic Design: Anna Egelhoff

FACTS

1. The average person eats 450-900 grams of insects per year! 

 

2. In Papua New Guinea the walking stick insect is eaten and its legs are used as fishhooks.

 

3. Lemon ants in the Amazon taste like…lemons.

 

4. The fruit fly larvae have an umami flavour!

 

Infographic Source: Ensia.com, from Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations

Infographic Design: Anna Egelhoff

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