Insects could be the future of food

Science on the Land

In many cultures, insects are delicacies. Mostly people are eating beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars (Lepidoptera). People also eat bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), cicadas (Hemiptera), locusts and crickets (Orthoptera), dragonflies (Odonata) and flies (Diptera).

Eating insects is called entomophagy. Those of us who feel disgusted at the thought of it should think again, says Khalil A. Cassimally at Scitable. He explains why he believes that entomophagy is the future of food.

Here’s an article from Auntie Beeb about entomophagy. Some edible insects are harvested from their wild populations (foraging). Others can be farmed (entomoculture).

I’m now wondering whether I’ll write a series of entomofoodie posts for this blog. ‘Edible Insect of the Month’ could be interesting, couldn’t it? Or ‘Insect Bite of the Month.’ You could tell me which edible insects are available where you live and how that changes with the seasons.

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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