Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems

  • Afton Halloran
  • Roberto Flore
  • Paul Vantomme
  • Nanna Roos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction to Insects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jørgen Eilenberg, Joop J. A. van Loon
      Pages 3-15
  3. Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Maria Pontes Ferreira, Alain Cuerrier, Marjolaine Giroux, Christian H. Norton
      Pages 19-33
    3. Karsing Megu, Jharna Chakravorty, Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow
      Pages 35-54
    4. Marianne Shockley, Julie Lesnik, Robert Nathan Allen, Alicia Fonseca Muñoz
      Pages 55-79
  4. Nutrition and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Nanna Roos
      Pages 83-91
    3. John N. Kinyuru, Dorothy Nyangena, Edwin Kamau, Alex Ndiritu, Joyce Muniu, Carolyne Kipkoech et al.
      Pages 93-108
    4. Simone Belluco, Alberto Mantovani, Antonia Ricci
      Pages 109-126
  5. Gastronomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Luca Manunza
      Pages 139-145
    3. Jungyoung Tiffany Shin, Melissa A. Baker, Young Wook Kim
      Pages 147-159
  6. Environmental Impacts, Conservation and Future Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Afton Halloran, Hanne Helene Hansen, Lars Stoumann Jensen, Sander Bruun
      Pages 163-180
    3. Cathy Maria Dzerefos
      Pages 181-197
    4. Christian Gamborg, Helena Röcklinsberg, Mickey Gjerris
      Pages 199-211
    5. Carolin Schiemer, Afton Halloran, Kristjan Jespersen, Petra Kaukua
      Pages 213-236

About this book


This text provides an important overview of the contributions of edible insects to ecological sustainability, livelihoods, nutrition and health, food culture and food systems around the world. While insect farming for both food and feed is rapidly increasing in popularity around the world, the role that wild insect species have played in the lives and societies of millions of people worldwide cannot be ignored. In order to represent this diversity, this work draws upon research conducted in a wide range of geographical locations and features a variety of different insect species.

Edible insects in Sustainable Food Systems comprehensively covers the basic principles of entomology and population dynamics; edible insects and culture; nutrition and health; gastronomy; insects as animal feed; factors influencing preferences and acceptability of insects; environmental impacts and conservation; considerations for insect farming and policy and legislation. The book contains practical information for researchers, NGOs and international organizations, decision-makers, entrepreneurs and students.


Edible Insects Entomology Insects as Animal Feed Food Systems Food Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Afton Halloran
    • 1
  • Roberto Flore
    • 2
  • Paul Vantomme
    • 3
  • Nanna Roos
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Nutrition, Exercise and SportsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  2. 2.Nordic Food Lab, Department of Food ScienceUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  3. 3.FAOUnited Nations Food and Agriculture OrganizationRomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of Nutrition, Exercise and SportsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74011-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74010-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74011-9
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