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Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems

Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems

Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems takes a multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing how insects contribute to food systems around the world. It includes unique research on edible insects from Asia, Europe, North America and Africa and features state-of-the-art research on farmed, semi-cultivated and wild insect species.

Updated on 01/22/2019
Published on 10/11/2018

This book provides an important overview of the contributions of edible insects to ecological sustainability, livelihoods, nutrition and health, food culture and food systems around the world. While insect farming for both food and feed is rapidly increasing in popularity around the world, the role that wild insect species have played in the lives and societies of millions of people worldwide cannot be ignored. In order to represent this diversity, this work draws upon research conducted in a wide range of geographical locations and features a variety of different insect species.

Edible insects in Sustainable Food Systems comprehensively covers the basic principles of entomology and population dynamics; edible insects and culture; nutrition and health; gastronomy; insects as animal feed; factors influencing preferences and acceptability of insects; environmental impacts and conservation; considerations for insect farming and policy and legislation. The book contains practical information for researchers, NGOs and international organizations, decision-makers, entrepreneurs and students.

With the contribution of Joël Aubin, INRA researcher at the Joint Research Unit for Soil, Agro-hydrosystems and Spatial Modelling (UMR 1069) in Rennes as co-author of the chapter "Mealworm Larvae Production Systems: Management Scenarios".

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Afton Halloran
Roberto Flore
Paul Vantomme 
Nanna Roos