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Seeking more planet-friendly proteins: edible insects and the future

Ferreira, Jennifer; Tiwasing, Pattanapong; Bek, David; Siriamornpun, Sirithon; Weerapreeyakul, Natthida; Tanomtong, Alongklod


Jennifer Ferreira

David Bek

Sirithon Siriamornpun

Natthida Weerapreeyakul

Alongklod Tanomtong


There are over 2,000 species of edible insect on the planet, and while only a small number of these are eaten widely, eating insects is a regular part of many diets across the world. Edible insects represent a more sustainable food source for consumers, than meat-based proteins, as they fulfil many nutritional demands while having a lower environmental impact, requiring fewer resources than the majority of meat-based products from livestock. This chapter explores the potential benefits of edible insects from nutritional and environmental perspectives. This leads into a discussion of the potential for edible insects as an alternative protein source, as well as the challenges that the industry faces in terms of regulatory barriers. This is connected to a discussion of the role of consumers and how their hesitance may provide a barrier to widespread growth of the industry, even if it is a more ethical food choice.

Online Publication Date May 11, 2023
Publication Date May 11, 2023
Deposit Date Nov 20, 2023
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Book Title Research Handbook on Ethical Consumption
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9781802202014
Publisher URL