Insects have been proposed as an environmentally friendly nutrition source to feed the world's growing population. But how do they compare with a more common food in European and North American countries - beef?
From grasshoppers to worms, eating insects is common among many communities around the world. Could DNA barcoding help protect them and culinary traditions for future generations?
Mealworms, whole or as powder in pasta, have become the first insect-based food approved by the EU's food safety watchdog. The EU Commission has yet to endorse the decision.
Biblical locust swarms are laying waste to southern Africa's crops. But lessons learnt from a similar plague in East Africa show that regional cooperation and early detection are key to avoiding an equally big disaster.
Desert locusts have been ravaging East Africa. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization warns of a food crisis. The main response has been spraying the areas affected with pesticides. But more needs to be done.
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