Ecological Appeal of Edible Insects to Boost Market Worldwide.Pdf

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Insects are often considered as pests bothering crops and animals. However, they are also a source of food at a low cost. Insects
are consumed not only during times of famine and scarcity of food, but also in circumstances when harvesting of conventional
food is difficult. Edible insect as food and feed has emerged as an agile solution to combat rising cost of animal protein, growing
population, and the rising demand for protein among the middle class, states Transparency Market Research in a recent market
Given below are answers by TMR analysts to three pertinent questions by companies operating in the edible insects market:
Q. Will the negative perception regarding insect consumption hamper the market?
Yes, to a certain extent, the negative perception about eating insects will hamper the market. The benefits of insect
consumption as an alternative animal protein source are often underplayed by negative news reports, a factor that challenges
the potential of insects becoming a part of popular food culture.
On the other hand, the fact that insects emit far fewer greenhouse gases and consume much lesser water as compared to
livestock, thus leaving a negligible carbon footprint is expected to increase the ecological appeal of eating insects. Growing
grains for animal feed is an activity that consumes huge amounts of water, whereas insects thrive on basically...