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Insects - a Proteinaceous Delicacy for Some

The spirits divide over insect food. Some swear by the protein-containing snack, others disgust at the sight. We show which insects are already on the world's plates today.

Worldwide around 2 billion people eat insects on a regular basis. They are rich in unsaturated fatty acids – comparable to fish. The most commonly consumed insect species are beetles with 31%, followed by caterpillars (18%) and bees, wasps and ants (14%). In Cambodia, Tarantulas have been part of the diet for generations. Mopane worms are considered a delicacy in Southern Africa and eggs of the weaver ant in Southeast Asia. Since 1 January 2018 insects in EU are covered by the Novel-Food-Regulation. Approved insect products can now be distributed throughout the EU.

More than 1 million discovered species of insects wordwide – and probably many more undiscovered species.

 

Worldwide around 2 billion people eat insects on a regular basis.

Eat insects regularly

 

 

2:1 Insects, 8:1 Cattle

On average, insects can convert 2 kg of food into 1 kg of Insect Mass. By comparison, cattle need 8 kg of food to produce 1 kg of body mass.

 

 

Where are edible Insect Species ?

Europe 1-5, America 50-100, Asia >300

 

 

The most commonly consumed insect species

31% Beetles, 18% Caterpillars, 14% Ants, Bees and Wasps

 

 

Happy Animal

Insects can be cultivated on biowaste. They convert this into high-quality Protein which can be used for animal food.

 

 

In Cambodia, Tarantulas have been part of the diet for generations.

Spider web

 

 

Beetle and Caterpillar

Insect species such as Mopane worms in Southern Africa and eggs of the weaver ant in Southeast Asia are considered Delicacies and can achieve high prices.

 

 

More than 1,900 edible insect species are consumed worldwide.

Insect for Dinner

 

 

Superhero by insects

Most insect species are rich in unsaturated fatty acids – comparable to fish. They also contain fiber and micronutrients such as cooper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.

 

 

All around the world

Worldwide there are already more than 1 million discovered species of insects – and probably many more undiscovered species.

 

 

European Flag

Since 1 January 2018 insects in EU are covered by the Novel-Food-Regulation. Approved insect products can now be distributed throughout the EU.

 


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