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Dr. Solomon Isiorho
Department of Public Policy; Department of Biology
Department of Biology
It is widely accepted that by 2050 the world will host 9 billion people. Today’s society already copes with nearly 1 billion chronically hungry people worldwide; factoring climate change effects and subsequent alterations in geology, there will be devastating effects on food sources. We need to find new ways of growing food and rediscover our original diets as Homo-sapiens. An insectivorous diet is able to provide essential proteins and nutrients to the human body. Insect consumption also offers a significant opportunity to merge traditional knowledge and modern science in both developed and developing countries. Placing insects back into the human diet will allow alternative nutrition, a healthier environment, and increased trade and economic development. This paper contains two surveys conducted in the hope of raising awareness of the many valuable roles that insects play in sustaining nature and in human life. The first survey, with 100 responses, sheds light on the misperceptions people have when considering eating insects. In the end, 39 of the 100 responses would choose insect diets over beef. The second survey of 200 responses gives the respondents nutritional, environmental, and geographical facts about insects before leading into questions in response to the facts given. Based on the second survey conducted, 88% of 200 respondents are more willing to try insects and believe in the changes that could happen globally if the insect diet were embraced. From the two surveys, it appears people are more willing to try insects after they have been presented with the relevant nutritional and environmental incentives. All it takes is education/ and exposure to change people’s perceptions.
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