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Ecol Food Nutr. 2015;54(3):200-8. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2014.930032. Epub 2014 Nov 17.

The potential for entomophagy to address undernutrition.

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a Independent Investigator , Longmont , Colorado , USA.

Abstract

The use of insects as food for humans has the potential to substantially reduce undernutrition worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that 805 million people are undernourished, with a total food energy deficit of 67.6 billion kcal/day (84 kcal/day/person). Calculations in this article suggest that this deficit could theoretically be reduced or eliminated through edible insect rearing, utilizing organic side streams as feed, on 15,586 to 92,976 ha.

KEYWORDS:

entomophagy; food security; insects as food; undernutrition

PMID:
25401273
DOI:
10.1080/03670244.2014.930032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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