Can Insects Feed a Hungry Planet?

This post was written by Nicole D’Alessandro and originally appeared on EcoWatch.

Earth’s population is ballooning every day, which increasingly presents a host of challenges, from housing to resource depletion to food.

The issue of feeding billions of people on a warming planet—along with related concerns such as food wastewater usage and greenhouse gas emissions—continues to be explored.

It has been widely established that factory farming contributes to climate change and even that eating less beef will benefit the environment. But what about eating … bugs. Bugs?

Two billion people around the globe eat insects. Major areas of consumption include Latin America, Southeast Asia and Central Africa. As new ways are examined to feed a rapidly expanding global population, and with a minimal environmental impact, will entomophagy—the consumption of insects as food—be taken seriously in other parts of the world?

Folks at EnsiaAnna Egelhoff, John Sisser and Todd Reubold—put together this infographic to address that very question:


Have you ever eaten an insect? Would you?

Photo credit: Thinkstock


Warren Webber
Warren Webber3 years ago

Live long and prosper

Virginia Abreu de Paula

Nobody should eat animals. Insects are animals.

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you

Patricia Guilhem
Patricia Guilhem3 years ago

Merci pour le partage.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Can humans stop breeding?

Erin H.
Erin H3 years ago

Interesting article, thank you!

Luis Brantuas

Thanks for sharing!

Sandy G.
Sandy G3 years ago

Am I the only person on the planet that recognizes that all the problems of this planet, every single one, can be linked to one main issue: population overgrowth. Reduce the human population drastically and our descendants and, more importantly, the planet that sustains us and them, just may be turned back from the brink of annihilation forever.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath3 years ago

No thanks

Joseph B.
Joseph B3 years ago

Yes Zannie T, people should have as many kids as they want, and why can't companies pollute the air and water and dump as much carbon dioxide into the air if they want? And why can't someone kill all the elephants and rhinos if they want? All these things are killing the Earth. When do other peoples rights trump yours? Overpopulation will condemn future generations just as sure as pollution and global warming. When will we wake up?