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The ‘Journal of Insects as Food and Feed’ covers edible insects from harvesting in the wild through to industrial scale production. The journal is published by Wageningen Academic Publishers, an independent STM publisher in the field of Life Sciences, publishing both scientific journals and books (monographs, textbooks and proceedings) in animal and veterinary, food and health, agribusiness and rural studies, and agriculture and environment.

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Insects are the most diverse group of animals known, and although there are nearly 2,000 species known to be utilised as food by people, there is a high likelihood that many more species could be utilised.

One of the advantages of using insects as food and feed is the reduced environmental impacts associated with their production compared to the more conventional stock animals. Insects can be food for both humans and also for some animals used as food, such as fish, poultry and pigs. Edible insects hold considerable potential to replace major feed ingredients that are currently used but have a larger ecological footprint. Environmental impact studies for the production of insect protein are needed to estimate global warming potential, energy use and land use as are overall life cycle assessments. Production of insects for these purposes goes beyond collecting them in the field, and involves farming that can range from small scale enterprises at the individual household or village level through to industrial-scale rearing. One of the challenges is to be able to produce large volumes of insects at a scale that will help reduce the ecological footprint of food production.