Insects And Humans

pupae of the silkmoth (Bombyx mori) are exported to Asian community food stores in 733

the United States from Thailand and South Korea, respectively. Mexico also used to ship food insects to the United States, namely ahuahutle (Mexican caviar—the eggs of various aquatic Hemiptera) and maguey worms (caterpillars of Aegiale hesperiaris, found on agave). Shipment of ahuahutle to North America no longer occurs because oflake pollution, though it can still be found in many markets and restaurants in Mexico and is exported to Europe as bird and fish food. Maguey worms are commonly eaten in Mexico and are exported as gourmet food to North America, France and Japan (DeFoliart, 1992, 1999). However, tourists who visit Mexico are probably more familiar with another caterpillar, the red agave worm (Comadia redtenbachi), seen in bottles of mezcal!

There has been some increase in interest in the potential of insects as food, including discussion of the subject at international conferences. However, most North Americans and Europeans have not yet been educated to the delights of insects, despite the efforts of authors such as Taylor and Carter (1976), DeFoliart (1992,1999), and Berenbaum (1995) to increase the popularity of insects as food. The western world's bias against eating insects has two negative impacts. First, it may be seen as a missed opportunity. Compared to livestock, insects are much more efficient at converting plant material into animal material with high nutritional value. With relatively little research, industrial-scale mass production of food insects should be possible. Second, as less-developed areas of the world become increasingly westernized, their populations may be expected to eat fewer insects. This could lead to nutritional problems in areas where the economy is already marginal (DeFoliart, 1999).

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Beekeeping for Beginners

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