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      Journal of Insects as Food and Feed
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          Abstract

          Western societies currently show considerable interest in using insects as human food and/or as animal feed to reduce loss of habitats, use less energy to produce the food or feed in much smaller spaces, and to provide foods and feeds of high nutritional values. There appears to be emphasis on a small number of species for practical reasons: the domestic cricket, mealworms, and the black soldier fly seem to be the main species. There are most probably practical reasons for this emphasis including: the efficiency in building on established knowledge, the extensive use of model species in academic research, and, related to the two former reasons, the need for highly successful projects showing that insects indeed can be the food of the future. While practical reasons are often legitimate, the adoption of a small number of insect species as food and feed is contradictory to the concept that edible insect diversity will help feed the world. An emphasis on further building up knowledge of a small number of species will receive criticism that is very similar to the criticism on the use of a small number of vertebrate or plant species as food.

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                Journal
                jiff
                Journal of Insects as Food and Feed
                Wageningen Academic Publishers
                2352-4588
                24 October 2016
                : 2
                : 4
                : 223-224
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Biosciences Research Branch, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources, AgriBio, 5 Ring Road, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia.
                [ 2 ] School of Applied Systems Biology, La Trobe University, AgriBio, 5 Ring Road, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia.
                [ 3 ] Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at College of Arts, Rikkyo University, 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-8501, Japan.
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                10.3920/JIFF2016.x004
                4993f74e-7217-440c-ab08-7c82769ac7c3
                © 2016 Wageningen Academic Publishers

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                Animal agriculture,General life sciences,Nutrition & Dietetics,Animal science & Zoology,Life sciences

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