UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

May 14th, 2013 1:17 pm by Awmtea Leo Khiangte

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Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report. The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. However it admits that “consumer disgust” remains a large barrier in many Western countries.


Insect nutritional value /100g
Food source     Protein (gram)   Calcium (mg)     Iron (mg)
Caterpillar         28.2                 n/a                        35.5
Grasshopper     20.6                 35.2                       5
Dung beetle      17.2                 30.9                       7.7
Minced beef       27.4                n/a                         3.5

Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently “underutilised” as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security”. “Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint,” according to the report.

Nutritional value: The authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content. They are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children”. Insects are also “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report. Most insects are are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock. The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report.

Delicacies: A festival-goers enjoys an ‘insects pizza’ at one of the many food stalls during the 34th edition of the Paleo festival on July 22, 2009 in Nyon. The report calls for insect dishes to be added to restaurant menus. Insects are regularly eaten by many of the world’s population, but the thought may seem shocking to many Westerners. The report suggests that the food industry could help in “raising the status of insects” by including them in new recipes and adding them to restaurant menus.

It goes on to note that in some places, certain insects are considered delicacies. For example some caterpillars in southern Africa are seen as luxuries and command high prices. Most edible insects are gathered in forests and serve niche markets, the report states. It calls for improved regulation and production for using insects as feed.

“The use of insects on a large scale as a feed ingredient is technically feasible, and established companies in various parts of the world are already leading the way,” it adds.

Source: BBC News

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19 Responses to “UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger”

  1. 1
    zualbonez Says:

    e1 1la

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    Borat Says:

    Uak uak uak. Ka ei duh leu. Uak

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    Chelsea Orton Says:

    Khaih aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    Chhuaklinga Says:

    Khuai baby, thlangdar, perhpawng, khaukhuap ka ei hreh hran lo.

    tren tren

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    I am0 Says:

    A aia tui dang a awm tho bawk a, duh thar rum ai chuan, ei lo zawk mai ang (H)(H)

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    Awmtea Leo Khiangte Says:


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    ulawng Says:


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    chhana Says:

    Saikhumphai leh Laipuitlanga te nupa hi an ninawm.

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    lushai_er Says:

    Man khawm ula kan lo deep fry ang e :-)

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    buh-duha Says:

    An sawi hma daih hian kan ei tawh. Perhpawng thang kan kam a. Tangtial leh khaukhuap kan vai a. A thatzia hre chungin ei hem hem ila a ni tawh mai lawm…

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    Charice_mizo Says:

    Huh insectarian (?) chu ka ni lovang, insectphobia ka la nei zui.

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    Awmtea Leo Khiangte Says:

    Ka la tichhin lo va, ka theih pawh ka ring lo ve a.

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    bbney Says:

    Tih ngai loh ania, ei chu a har khawp ang. A tui viau chuan tih nawk nawk theih mai thei bawk.

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    CFL Says:

    Ka ei hreh hran lo ve

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    muansakhi Says:

    Siam dan azir te pawh a niang. Tui leih li luauva chhum han leh tawp chuan a tuilo deuh mai thei a ni.

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    shailendra Says:

    Naga chawhmeh bazaar ah insects chu an phu lui2 thin.

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    badboy Says:

    #7 nick khi ka ei hrehlo ber zawmah :-D tin GIJoe sa hi a tui hle :-)

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    hltau Says:

    Khuai baby leh Balung hi chu eitheih ve chu chak om khups..mahse mi rap top.

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    laysia Says:

    Bibul-ah Johanan chaw atan a rin thin kha..Pathian pawn ei a phal reng a lawm le..

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