Prospects of insects as food and feed

Arnold van Huis*

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In the last 10 years, the interest to use insects as food and feed has increased exponentially. In tropical zones, insects are a common food item as they are more readily available as food in nature than in other climate zones. However, if we want to promote insects as food and feed, harvesting from nature is not an option and the farming of these animals is required. This can be done in environmentally controlled facilities. Insects are not only nutritionally excellent food; they may also have health benefits. When using organic side streams as substrate, chemical and biological contaminants need to be considered. People in western countries are not used to eating insects, and therefore, strategies to “convince” consumers of their hygienic safety, environmental sustainability, and tastiness are necessary. The insect sector is maturing fast, but still faces many challenges, which can only be met when all stakeholders cooperate closely.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic Agriculture
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Apr 2020


  • Circular economy
  • Consumer attitudes
  • Edible insects
  • Food safety and legislation
  • Industrial production
  • Insects as food and feed
  • Nutrition and health

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