Agrodoks Agrodok 054, Edible Insects in Africa
An Introduction to Finding, Using and Eating Insects
When you first saw the title of this book, you may have found the idea of eating insects unfamiliar or strange. Actually, we all eat insects every day without knowing it. Insects or parts of insects are present in almost all processed food. Because insects attack crops, and because we cannot use pesticides on food just before harvest, it is difficult to control them at that stage of the production chain. They often end up in food products during processing. No need to worry, though: regulations control the amount of insect particles! Most importantly, here we want to share the idea that insects, a high-protein food source, can also be eaten as part of a meal. Eating insects – also called ‘entomophagy’ – has been part of the human diet since the beginning of humanity, especially in the tropics.
Version 1, 2015