2022
DOI: 10.3389/fsufs.2021.701797
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Review: Insects—A Source of Safe and Sustainable Food?— “Jein” (Yes and No)

Abstract: For almost a decade, edible insects have become promoted on a wider basis as one way to combat world hunger and malnourishment, although attempts to do so have a longer history. Contemporary researchers and consumers, particularly those without an entomophagous background, have been rising safety and sustainability concerns. The present contribution seeks a substantiated answer to the question posed above. The possible answer consists of different factors that have been taken into consideration. First, the spe… Show more

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“…Taking into account that the breeding and reproduction of insects varies depending on their class, it is evident that their processing to turn them into food for humans or animals will also be different ( 88 ). New technologies are currently being developed to transform insects into edible foods that meet safety regulations ( 89 ). Pre-processing technologies represents the first step of each edible insects processing route and mainly consist of insect harvesting/separation from the substrate residuals, insects’ inactivation, removal of wings/legs, and washing ( 50 ).…”
Section: Insect Production Systems and Their Derived Productsmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Taking into account that the breeding and reproduction of insects varies depending on their class, it is evident that their processing to turn them into food for humans or animals will also be different ( 88 ). New technologies are currently being developed to transform insects into edible foods that meet safety regulations ( 89 ). Pre-processing technologies represents the first step of each edible insects processing route and mainly consist of insect harvesting/separation from the substrate residuals, insects’ inactivation, removal of wings/legs, and washing ( 50 ).…”
Section: Insect Production Systems and Their Derived Productsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Food security is a problem in many developing and less developed countries due to increase in human population and decrease in crop productivity and food availability ( 40 ). Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life ( 89 ). The four pillars of food security are availability, access, utilization and stability; while the nutritional dimension is considered integral to the concept of food security ( 123 ).…”
Section: How Can Insects Contribute To Food Security?mentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The use of insects as a novel food waste processing technology is being promoted worldwide [ 1 , 2 , 3 ]. Black soldier fly (BSF; Hermetia illucens ) larvae eat a wide range of organic materials, such as food waste and livestock manure, and sixth instar larvae can be used as feed for pets, fish, poultry, and pigs [ 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…This tradition has the potential to be used as mini livestock by families, as many insect species can be raised sustainably on agricultural side streams with less of an ecological impact than more typical livestock. On a global level, edible insect farming has just started, bringing the species toward a long process of domestication [ 2 ]. As of 2020, commercial insect rearing is growing as an industrial sector across North America and Europe [ 3 ], including Southeast Asia [ 4 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Within the Orthoptera order, crickets are the most consumed insects across the globe [ 6 , 7 ]. Nowadays, there are many publications [ 2 , 4 , 5 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 ] related to their nutritive values, properties for improving health, social benefits, and valuable roles in contributing to the economies of many countries and livelihoods.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%