This practical and persuasive Agrodok looks at how human consumption of insects, which are high in protein, can contribute to food and nutritional security.
This practical Agrodok presents a compelling case for ‘entomophagy’ or eating insects as a contribution to food and nutritional security. The idea that insects, a high- protein food source, can be eaten by humans is not a new concept. In fact according to the authors, edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is a renewed interest in the use of insects as human food in response to growing demand for meat. This book explores the anatomy and life cycles of insects; how they can provide good quality animal protein; and when and how to cook and eat them. This Agrodok shows where to find, and how to collect and prepare 10 different insect species from five groups: caterpillars, beetles, termites, grasshoppers and crickets. Clear and persuasive, the argument that insects as food also provide extra income and are environmentally less damaging than conventional meat is convincing.