The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition as well as reduce pollution.
Despite over two billion people worldwide already supplementing their diet with insects; a major obstacle in the Western world is ‘consumer disgust’.
The report states that insect farming is one of the many ways to address food and feed security with wasps, beetles and other insects being ‘underutilised’ as food.
“Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint,” according to the report.
Authors point out insects are nutritious being high in protein, fat and minerals making them an important food supplement for undernourished children.
The report suggests that the food industry could help in “raising the status of insects” by including them in new recipes and adding them to restaurant menus.
“The use of insects on a large scale as a feed ingredient is technically feasible, and established companies in various parts of the world are already leading the way,” it adds.