The thought of eating insects often provokes revulsion among people who come from Western cultures, but the fact is that millions of people from around the world have relied on insects as an essential source of nourishment for thousands of years. Insects are high in protein, easy to cultivate, have a low carbon footprint, and could be instrumental in alleviating world hunger and climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has endorsed edible insects and encouraged their adoption in the diets of people all around the world. The global market value of edible insects is expected to grow from about 406 million U.S. dollars in 2018 to over 1.18 billion U.S. dollars by 2023. In that time period, the North American market is expected to grow by 28 percent, more than any other world region.
The edible insects market in the United States has shown promising growth in recent years, increasing from six million dollars to about eight million dollars between 2017 and 2018. Although one would be hard pressed to find edible insects in the vast majority of U.S. grocery stores, this is expected to change in the coming years. The market for flour, protein bars, and snacks made from insects is projected to reach 50 million dollars by 2023.
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