Insects: The Green Protein Alternative

Insects: The Green Protein Alternative
Innovation

Dutch entomologists propose farming insects as a sustainable meat source for the west.

John Ryan
  • 24 february 2011

We reported on an American restauranteur serving high-end meals of insects and worms, and now Dutch entomologists Marcel Dicke and Arnold Van Huis propose farming insects as a alternative, sustainable source of protein. While eating insects is common in the developing world, the west may need to adopt the practice to replenish a food supply reduced by rising population. Insects are high in protein, vitamins and minerals and low in fat. Dicke and Van Huis detail the other health and environmental benefits from insect farming:

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