Edible FOREST INSECTS: HUMANS BITE BACK

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Author: P.B. Durst, D.V. Johnson, R.N. Leslie and K. Shono
Language: English
ISBN/ISSN: 9789251064887
Published on: 2010-01
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The idea of eating insects nearly always brings about an immediate reaction. While some people find the very thought of eating a beetle or other insect revolting, others smile and smack their lips, perhaps recalling the roasted grubs their mothers prepared as childhood treats or their favourite deep-fried grasshopper snack that accompanied drinks with friends. Humans have been eating insects for millennia and, even today, the practice remains far more widespread than is generally believed. Although modern society has largely shunned insects from the dinner table, entomophagy - the practice of eating insects - is getting renewed attention from nutritionists, food security experts, environmentalists and rural development specialists. Based on contributions from some of the world's leading experts on entomophagy, this publication highlights the potential of edible forest insects as a current and future food source, documents their contribution to rural livelihoods and highlights important linkages between edible forest insects and forest management.



Foreword iii

Acknowledgements vii

1. Edible forest insects: exploring new horizons and traditional practices ——1
2.The contribution of edible forest insects to human nutrition and to forest management: current status and future potential ——5
3. Entomophagy and its impact on world cultures:the need for a multidisciplinary approach ——23
Forests insects as food: a global review—— 37
4. Edible insects and other invertebrates in Australia: future prospects—— 65
5. Review of the nutritive value of edible insects—— 85
6. Common edible wasps in Yunnan Province, China and their nutritional value ——93
7. Teak caterpillars and other edible insects in Java—— 99
8. Edible insects in Papua, Indonesia: from delicious snack to basic need ——105
9. The future use of insects as human food—— 115
10. Cultural and commercial roles of edible wasps in Japan ——123
11. Edible insects in a Lao market economy ——131
12. Edible insects and entomophagy in Borneo ——141
13. Philippine edible insects: a new opportunity to bridge the protein gap ofresource-poor families and to manage pests ——151
14. Sri Lanka as a potential gene pool of edible insects—— 161
15. Honey and non-honey foods from bees in Thailand ——165
16. Edible insects and associated food habits in Thailand—— 173
17. Compendium of research on selected edible insects in northern Thailand ——183
18. Edible products from eri silkworm (Samia ricini D.) and mulberry silkworm(Bombyx mori L.) in Thailand ——189
19. Edible insects in Thailand: nutritional values and health concerns ——201
20. Filling the plates: serving insects to the public in the United States ——217
21. Workshop recommendations: summary ——221

Appendixes

Appendix 1: Internet information sources—— 224
Appendix 2: Taxonomy of insects and their relatives ——226
Appendix 3: Insect terminology and definitions ——227
Appendix 4: Workshop participants—— 228



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