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IDS Policy Briefing 114

Edible Insects and the Future of Food

Published on 1 April 2016

Some experts think that edible insects could be a good option for sustainable protein production and consumption, and one of the keys to global food security in a world of nine billion people or more.

We used the methods of Foresight to explore the potential of insect-eating within four different future scenarios. Interestingly, edible insects featured as a plausible part of all four imagined futures. This suggests that eating insects might become mainstream in a few decades. However, questions remain about the economic viability and food safety of insect-based foods. Research into these questions is necessary and justified.

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Glover, D. and Sexton, A. (2016) 'Edible Insects and the Future of Food', IDS Policy Briefing 114, Brighton: IDS

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Dominic Glover

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Glover, D. and Sexton, A.
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IDS Policy Briefing, issue 114
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English

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