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Exploring the legal status of edible insects around the world

By Massimo Reverberi

Entomophagy is a new phenomenon in the West, and as a result it is rarely regulated. This leads to public institutions like food agencies, customs and health departments often finding themselves helpless in the face of new product development based on...

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Six-legged livestock: The next ‘bug’ thing

By Massimo Reverberi, founder of Bugsolutely

There is only one obstacle between insect-based foods and supermarket shelves: western people don’t like to think of eating them. 

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Gorgeous grub: We need to make insect consumption 'sexy' to consumers

By Nathan Gray

Growing interest in the potential for insects as a source of healthy and sustainable protein was demonstrated again at Vitafoods Europe, where 4ento CEO Ana Day told us that insect consumption needs to become 'sexy'.

About 2 billion people already routinely eat insects, the FAO says

FAO touts edible insects as ‘valuable sources of nutrition’

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Insects could play a vital role in food security in the coming decades – but disgust remains a barrier for consumers in many Western countries, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

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