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Annu Rev Entomol. 1999;44:21-50.

Insects as food: why the western attitude is important.

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  • 1Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706, USA.

Abstract

The traditional use of insects as food continues to be widespread in tropical and subtropical countries and to provide significant nutritional, economic and ecological benefits for rural communities. Westerners should become more aware of the fact that their bias against insects as food has an adverse impact, resulting in a gradual reduction in the use of insects without replacement of lost nutrition and other benefits.

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