by Marion Nestle
Dec 14 2023
Insects as food: a roundup
I like following what’s happening with insect foods, and much is. Here are some recent examples from the press but also from academic journals.
- Tyson makes first move in insect protein sector: Tyson Foods is working with insect-based protein producer Protix to build a Protix plant in the US to supply Tyson with insect larvae for use in feedstock and pet food for the first time while taking a minority stake in the Dutch company to support its global growth. See stories in Bloomberg. FoodNavigator. Food Business News.
- Tyson’s insect bet will spur further adoption in the space, IFT says: Protein producers adopting bugs for use in animal feed provides a lower barrier for entry, potentially making it easier to introduce insects into consumer diets, experts say.
- Insect protein: From ridicule to laboratory-validated reality: In this month’s Food Forensics column, Alison Johnson discusses the food safety issues you will need to consider when dealing with insect protein. Read more
- Termites as Human Foods—A Comprehensive Review: This paper aims to share recent findings by covering edible termites as themain aspect, from their consumption record until consumer acceptance. Read More
- Consumption of edible insects and insect‐based foods: Low consumer acceptance of edible insects and insect-based products is one of the main barriers to the successful implementation of entomophagy in Western countries.Read More.
- Novel insect-based child nutrition: the position of the nutritional committee of the Italian society of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition (SIGENP). Based on the current knowledge, despite a possible ecological advantage, the group of expert suggests additional researches before pronouncing on a possible use for children diet, because of insufficient evidence on nutritional benefits and possible food allergies.