edible insects  – good for our health and the planet?


By Julia Gieseck

While eating insects is already commonplace in many Asian, African, and Latin American countries, the thought of insect pasta, insect protein bars, or insect condiments and spreads still triggers a ‘yuck’ from most Europeans and North Americans. A 2021 Statista Global Consumer Survey undertaken in Germany found that only around 25% of consumers would consider eating insects. In comparison, 37% of those surveyed would consider eating cell-cultured meat (also known as lab-grown meat), which is another alternative to traditional meat production and, like insects, evokes feelings of disgust in many (meat) eaters.

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