Science Reviews - Biology

Saboor Ahmad, Shufa Xu. Emerging Trends of Human Consumption of Insects and Their Future Conservation

Posted on: Oct 30, 2023, 21:00:43

Description: In recent years, there has been a notable surge in the global interest surrounding the consumption of insects, known as entomophagy. This trend is propelled by its potential to address various pressing challenges. Entomophagy is deeply rooted in many cultures historically and is regarded as a sustainable solution to contemporary problems such as food security, environmental sustainability, and public health. In this context, this paper explores the emerging trends in human insect consumption and underscores conservation's pivotal role in securing the future of edible insects. This study unveils the multifaceted benefits of entomophagy by emphasizing the cultural significance of insects as a food source, their environmental advantages, and their potential to improve nutrition and reduce the ecological footprint of food production. Notably, various insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, termites, mealworms, and silkworm provide the primary sources of the human diet, including proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Simultaneously, this review sheds light on the challenges posed by overexploitation, and habitat destruction, necessitating robust strategies for insect conservation. The paper advocates for sustainable harvesting, habitat restoration, public education and awareness, and innovative market strategies as critical tools for preserving insect biodiversity while promoting responsible insect consumption. Ultimately, entomophagy and insect conservation convergence presents an intriguing paradigm for a more sustainable and resilient global food system.

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