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Edible Insects

Edited by Heimo Mikkola

University of Eastern Finland

Insect protein production through ‘mini-livestock farming’ has enormous potential to reduce the level of malnutrition in critical areas across the world. It has been estimated that insect eating is practised regularly by over two billion people, mostly in China and in most tropical countries in Africa, South America, and Asia. However, eating insects has been taboo in many western nations. Reasons for this are discussed in this book with examples from Finland and the UK. The enormous boom of insect farming in Finland started in September 2017 when the business type was legalized. However, a large part of the population found the insect food too expensive and exotic. UK research outlines a multitude of promising strategies to overcome ‘western’ resistance to eating insects. This book also includes a chapter on the potential of insect farming to increase global food security. It shows that Africa is a hotspot of edible insect biodiversity and there more than 500 species consumed daily. We have several examples of viable insect farming businesses that can fight poverty and malnutrition in developing countries and provide profit and wealth to rural farmers. The chapters of the book cover countries such as Cameroon, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, India, Mexico, the UK, and the US.

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Edible InsectsEdited by Heimo Mikkola

Published: January 29th 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.77835

ISBN: 978-1-78985-636-1

Print ISBN: 978-1-78985-635-4

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-83968-451-7

Copyright year: 2020

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5346 Total Chapter Downloads

9 Crossref Citations

16 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Is the Insect Food Boom over or when it Will Start?

By Heimo Mikkola


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2. How Might We Overcome ‘Western’ Resistance to Eating Insects?

By Harry McDade and C. Matilda Collins


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3. Larval Development and Molting

By Amritpal Singh Kaleka, Navkiran Kaur and Gaganpreet Kour Bali


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4. Edible Insects Diversity and Their Importance in Cameroon

By Meutchieye Félix


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5. Econometrics of Domestication of the African Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus phoenicis F.) Production as Small-Scale Business in Ghana

By Thomas Commander N., Jacob P. Anankware, Onwugbuta O. Royal and Daniel Obeng-Ofori


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6. An Insect Bad for Agriculture but Good for Human Consumption: The Case of Rhynchophorus palmarum: A Social Science Perspective

By Rafael Cartay, Vladimir Dimitrov and Michael Feldman


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7. The Potential of Insect Farming to Increase Food Security

By Flora Dickie, Monami Miyamoto and C. Matilda (Tilly) Collins


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