Montana State University Receives Grant to Produce Super Crickets for Improved Human Heart Health - Higher Content of Omega-3 PUFA's

Link to the Internatioanl Insect Centre

Save the Date: Invitation to 2nd Global Conference
"Insects to Feed the World"
Call for papers

Dear colleagues,

The 1st International Conference "Insects to feed the world" was held from 14-17 May 2014 in Ede (Wageningen), the Netherlands. Dr. Arnold van Huis and Dr. Paul Vantomme (FAO senior officer) served as the chair persons. The conference brought together for the first time the largest assembly of stakeholders from all over the world to consider key aspects of collection, production, processing, nutrition, marketing and consumption related to insects in a global multi-stakeholder dialogue. The conference marked an important step towards mobilizing the potential of insects as human food and animal feed to contribute to global food security and in particular to exchange information on the feasibility of mass rearing of insects to increase the availability of animal proteins in a more sustainable way.

The 2nd International Conference "Insects to Feed the World" aims to address all aspects related to insects as food and feed and will bring together research scientists, government officials and private sector representatives from the food and feed sector from both developing and developed countries. The overall objective of the conference is to further explore the potential of edible insects for food and feed security.

Specific objectives (still updating):

1. General overview of our present food/feed production systems and the role of insects.
2. General overview of using insects in China for food, feed and healthcare
3. Ethno-entomology: history and status of use of edible insects by specific peoples in given countries.
4. Farming insects as food and feed.
5. Nutrition, processing and conservation of edible insects.
6. Insects as food and feed components and supplements.
7. Environmental issues in gathering and farming insects.
8. Food safety, legislation and policy.
9. Market analysis and economic evaluation.
10. Consumer attitudes.
11. Need for further research and policy formulation, resources science, biology and ecology of edible insects.

The conference targets people from all over the world and we invite all to participate in activities such as oral and poster presentations, discussion groups, and symposia. Prominent experts from diverse backgrounds will update us about the newest developments. All attendants are welcome to actively participate in the various activities, including the excursions to be organized during the last day to scientific institutes, private enterprises and the catering industry. Please distribute the information above internationally and locally through all your contacts, channels and networks. In case of any need of assistance, please don't hesitate to get in contact with

Dr. Longyu Zheng (Huazhong Agricultural University, China. Email:,

Dr. Arnold van Huis (Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Email:

Dr. Jeffery K. Tomberlin (Texas A&M University, USA. Email:

We look forward to a great conference and to welcoming you in Wuhan, China.

Our best regards, Local organizing committee of IFW 2018



29th Annual Bug Buffet Announcement

Link to Montana State University 28th Annual Bug Buffet
A Huge Success - Record 800 Persons Attend!
Local Paper Chronicles 28th Annual Bug Buffet

Link to The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Report
Considers Risks of Eating Insects

Link to: LIVIN Farms Web Site

Newsweek/Europe: EU Roadblock/Regulation to Widespread Consumption of Insects as High Quality Human Food? Outdated Prejudices?

Farming Insects For Food - Shobhita Soor - TEDMED Presentation
Please click link: Farming Insects For Food, then click the Play Button

Determining the contribution that insects can make to addressing the protein deficit in Europe PROteINSECT Consensus Business Case Report
(pdf download - 53 pages)

WPSU - Penn State
Take Note: Florence Dunkel on Entomophagy, or Eating Insects

Penn State Panel on Food Insects
Creepy, Crawly, Crunchy: Can Insects Feed the Future?

Popular Science (magazine) Spreads Food Insect Knowledge

Eating Innovation Detroit, Exploring the Culture of Insects as
Food and Feed, 26-28 May 2016, Wayne State University

The Potential for Entomophagy to Address Undernutrition
Article authors:
Luc Nadeau, Isaac Nadeau, Frank Franklin, and Florence Dunkel
Please click here for pdf file download

Prof Arnold van Huis: The Global Impact of Insects
(Link to his final address upon his retirement from Waginengen University, The Netherlands, 20 November 2014).
Congratulations Professor van Huis!
You have had a highly positive impact on getting the World to understand that insects as a very viable source of needed protein.
Hartelijk Bedankt/Thank You

Cricket farmer says crop could help solve world food shortage

Canadian Farm Wants to Put Crickets in Your Kitchen
"I ate crickets because they're the future of food."

Insects to Feed the World - FAO Conference 2014

ICN2 Second International Conference on Nutrition
Food and Agriculture Oganization of the United Nations

MIT Technology Review:
Insect Farming Is Taking Shape as Demand for Animal Feed Rises

Congratulations to Drs. Arnold Van Huis and Marcel Dicke
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet
Please see Scientific American, September 2014 (US) issue, page 96.

National Geographic enters the Insects as Food Arena

United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
Insects to Feed the World Conference

Wageningen University
14-17 May 2014, Ede Netherlands
There were 450 participants from 45 countries. Disciplinary origins ranged from entomologists, psychologists, microbiologists, physicians, veterinarians, nutritionists, to federal government regulatory officers, chefs, designers, architects, and entrepreneurs; a most amazing combination of people. Creativity, science, enthusiasm for sustainable living and food production, all in one place
. FAO: Insects as Food and Feed

Sebastian Stokhof De Jong's Poster (Co-author, Dr. Florence Dunkel)
Trends in Emerging American and Canadian Edible Insect Businesses
Presented at the
International Conference - Insects to Feed the World

International Conference - Insects to Feed the World
Ede, The Netherlands, 14-17 May 2014
pdf file download

Wageningen University
Edible Insects: Articles from and about our Research Group

New Food Insects Organization
Little Herds - Austin, Texas
"Little Herds is an Austin nonprofit organization educating the next generation about the environmental and health benefits of edible insects. Our purpose is to educate our community about this environmentally sound and economically viable way to feed not only ourselves, but others around the world."

Please click the Video Clips link in the left panel to view
Chinese TV video clips about Chinese TV reporters' visits with
David Gracer and Dr. Florence Dunkel

TEDed - Should We Eat Bugs?

Famine Food Legends #3: Bug Bites: on YouTube

Insects are eaten daily by billions of people around the world, most of whom do not suffer from hunger. Paul Vontomme, an expert from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says that insects are actually one of the most efficient sources of protein available. The idea that "eating bugs" is something only a starving person would do is the latest misconception about hunger debunked by WFP's Famine Food Myths series

Flies naturally swarm to discarded food, and in feasting on it extract the nutrients and energy, leaving nothing to waste.
Dayton, Ohio Daily News

Order Daniella Martin's new book
Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects
and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

"Speaking in plain, but engaging language, Daniella Martin draws us into her adventure in the world of edible insects. Side-by-side with Daniella, we follow her around the world, beginning with her quest into ancient Aztec cuisine as a cultural anthropology student and traveling up to the present moment with her as a media celebrity and an accomplished gourmet chef. This is not just an entertaining coffee-table book but a moment to ask serious questions about cultural aversions that are now stumbling blocks in our quest for healthy diets in a sustainable world." Dr. Florence V. Dunkel

University of Wisconsin Honors Dr. Gene DeFoliart
Article by David Tennenbaum
UN Recommends Eating More Bugs!

Start-Up Wins $1 Million to Tackle Global Food Crisis -- With Edible Insects - Hult Prize - Article in Huffington Post

To see Daniella Martin - Girl Meets Bug - Video of Preparing and Eating a Scorpion, please click the Culinary Arts link in left panel

This is a good time to consult the information-rich report released this week by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) on Edible Insects. There is a 190 page version and a 4 page summary available to download. See below: JUST RELEASED! for the FAO link.

Have a taste of the sustainable future. Bug Appetite!


FAO Forestry Paper #171
Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security

Congratulations to Arnold van Huis, Joost Van Itterbeeck, Harmke Klunder, Esther Mertens, Afton Halloran, Giulia Muir, and Paul Vantomme on a beautiful, well organized, and interesting paper. The diversity of topics in great detail all in one document is what stands out, making this a monumental piece of work. This will be useful around the world, particularly in Western cultures who so much need a document of this level of seriousness. Congratulations and thank you to this team for their dedication, organization, global perspective, and attention to detail.

New FAO Article
The Contribution of Insects to Food Security, Livelihoods,
and the Environment (pdf download)

We deeply regret that we have to announce the death of
The GIANT of Insects as Food for Humans

Dr. Gene Defoliart

Link to Dr. Defoliart's Obituary

We will forever honor Dr. Gene Defoliart
Founder and Sustainer of The Food Insects Newsletter
Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Dr. Defoliart speaks via YouTube to an Entomological Society of America (ESA) Symposium in San Diego, CA - December 2010

Link to Students' Debate on Entomophagy at the
Entomological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meetings
Knoxville, TN on Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Web link now on Video Clips Page (left panel) YouTube TEDxBozeman presentation by Dr. Florence Dunkel: "What's for Lunch?"
Filmed 23 March 2012, Bozeman MT.

We are concerned about our sustainable food practices right now and for the near future. We are concerned about overharvesting our oceans. We are concerned about running out of land, water, and fossil fuels, just to produce beef which is a much higher methane producer while Galleria and other land shrimp, the insects, are more nutritious and more efficient converters of food into protein. Try land shrimp. They are more nutritious and more gentle on the environment than beef. Open your world to other ways of knowing---knowledge developed over millennia by other-than-western cultures.

Image of persons in Rome

Persons attending the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference
"Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed
in Assuring Food Security"
Rome, Italy, 23-25 January 2012

Bug Buffet Article
24 February 2012 at Montana State University
New Yorker Magazine Article Grub
August 15 & 22 2011 Edition
Eating Bugs to Save the Planet BY DANA GOODYEAR
The Six-Legged Meat of the Future, Wall Street Journal
Dicke and van Huis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Please see new Coming Food Insects Events link entry (right panel)

Please see the YouTube links in the Video Clips page (link in left panel)
for the Food Insects Symposium at the annual meetings of the
Entomological Society of America, San Diego, December 2010.

Also please review the News page (link in left panel)
for other current articles in newspapers and magazines.

View Marcel Dicke's TED Presentation: "Why not eat insects?" Link to Marcel Dicke's Web Site on TED Link to Marcel Dicke's Research Web Site Web site link: Girl Meets Bug
Edible Insects: the Eco-Logical Alternative

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