Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Insects as Alternative Food

Due to the world's growing food shortage, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization proposes a plan to include insects as a new part of people's diet.

Population booms remain a phenomenon in many parts of the world. One of its repercussions is the decline in possible food sources. Being one of the basic needs for humans to survive, studies which probe other possible food substitutes have increased over the past years.

In September 2010, the National Geographic (Health, Vol. 218, No. 3) included a feature on insects that can be eaten by the increasing global population. The UN’s Food and Agriculture (FAO) has an initiative to create a policy that will endorse “insects as food worldwide.”

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