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" The thought of eating insects like maggots, beetles, caterpillars and ants may give you the creeps, but a United Nations report says they may be the food of the future.More than 1,900 species of insects are eaten around the world, mainly in Africa and Asia, but people in the West generally turn up their noses at the often crunchy fare.
The authors of the study by the Forestry Department, part of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), say Western consumers should open their minds.
They say insects are an environmentally friendly food source that could also help in the battle against obesity.
"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," the report said.
The report found the insects most commonly consumed by humans were beetles (31 per cent), caterpillars (18 per cent) and bees, wasps and ants (14 per cent), followed by grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (13 per cent).
It found that the bugs with most potential were larvae of the black soldier fly, the common housefly and the yellow mealworm.
"The main message is really, 'eat insects'," FAO forest economics director Eva Mueller told a press conference in Rome.
"Insects are abundant and they are a valuable source of protein and minerals.
"Two billion people - a third of the world's population - are already eating insects because they are delicious and nutritious."
She says restaurants in Europe are starting to offer insect-based dishes, presenting them to diners as exotic delicacies.
"Beetles, grasshoppers and other insects... are now showing up on the menus of some restaurants in some European capitals," she said, as she showed photo slides of crickets being used as decoration on top of high-end restaurant desserts.
But the authors of the report admit that "consumer disgust remains one of the largest barriers to the adoption of insects as viable sources of protein in many Western countries"."
UN report says insects could be food of the future
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