Edible insects, a future source of food?

Have you ever comprehended the fact or possibility of insects being a source of food? Did you flinch as you read this? Be ready to get your mind blown because this is very much happening right now as you are reading this article.
 
GEORGETOWN, Texas - May 21, 2021 - PRLog -- Why even consider this?

Our world population will reach over a whopping 9 billion by the year 2050. With more people, there are going to be more mouths to feed which is why the food requirement will only double what it currently is. To add to this the biggest global crisis 'global warming is causing the gradual decrease of food production worldwide. To have a plan on how to deal with a situation wherein the food shortage will increase to an alarming level, a lot of food alternatives are being proposed. One of the most popular alternates being insects. To be fair, this is already occurring in several parts of the world and has even been consumed since historic times, however getting the entire global population to look at it as a food alternative is going to be a task.

What kind of insects are considered?

It is estimated that for over 1.7 billion people, insects do form a part of their traditional diets. There are reportedly over 1900 species of insects that have been used as a source of food. Edible insects are usually roasted, dried, and powdered which is further formed into high protein and low-calorie flour. The insects that are mostly consumed and used are beetles (Coleoptera) (~30%), caterpillars (Lepidoptera) (~20%), bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera) (~15%), grasshoppers, locusts and crickets(Orthoptera)(~11%)  cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers, scale insects and true bugs (Hemiptera) (~10%), termites (Isoptera) (~3%), dragonflies (Odonata) (~3%), flies (Diptera) (~2%) and other orders (~6%). These powders are then used to prepare snacks such as low-calorie energy bars. While this might come across as a big number, this insect consumption is only restricted to countries like Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Market and future

As per Stallion Market research, the edible insects' market is expected to grow at an annual compound rate of 25% from the year 2020 to 2030. It is said that the increasing demand for high protein, economical, and low-fat food sources for dietary needs is what will stimulate the market outlook.

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