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.