In April 2016, Roberto Flore and I met with two editors from Springer Nature, one of the largest academic publishers in the world. This exciting meeting sparked the beginning of an ambitious book project called Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems.
On October 8th, we reached a major milestone in the book project when we sent the full manuscript (approx 600 pages) to Springer! We (the editors) can’t wait to see the book hit the shelves in early 2018.
We are also very thankful for all of the fantastic chapters that scholars, practitioners, companies and enthusiasts from around the world submitted to us. We set the bar very high from the beginning and we managed to achieve our goal of 30 individual chapters!
So, what is the book about?
Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems provides a comprehensive overview of the contributions of edible insects to ecological sustainability, livelihoods, nutrition and health, food culture and food systems. While farming insects for both food and feed is growing dramatically in popularity around the world, the role that wild insect species have played in the lives and societies of millions of people world wild cannot be ignored. In order to represent this diversity, this book draws upon research conducted in a wide range of geographical locations and features a variety of different insect species. Each chapter provides a different point of view on how and why insects for food and feed contribute to sustainable food systems.
The book is laid out as follows:
Part I – Introduction to insects
Part II – Culture
Part III – Nutrition and health
Part IV – Gastronomy
Part V – Environmental impacts, conservation and future challenges
Part VI – Insects as animal feed
Part VII – Consumer preferences and acceptability
Part VIII – Legislation and policy on the use of insects as food and feed
Further details about the book:
Afton Halloran, Roberto Flore, Paul Vantomme, Nanna Roos (Spring 2018). Edible Insects in Sustainable Food Systems. Springer Nature, New York.