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Edible Insects in the Food Sector

Methods, Current Applications and Perspectives

Editors: Sogari, Giovanni, Mora, Cristina, Menozzi, Davide (Eds.)

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  • Explores the current state of entomophagy, including nutritional qualities, sensory properties, consumer preferences, food neophobia, and willingness-to-pay for insect-fed animals 
  • Provides case studies on timely topics such as health risks and allergies for human consumption, final meat quality of animals fed with insects, the legislative framework for the commercialization of this novel food, and other relevant issues
  • Identifies knowledge gaps to inform better plan, develop and implement future research studies on edible insects as a sustainable source of food
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This book explores one of the most discussed and investigated novel foods in recent years: edible insects. The increasing demand for alternative protein sources worldwide had led the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote the potential of using insects both for feed and food, establishing a program called “Edible Insects.” Although several social, environmental, and nutritional benefits of the use of insects in the human diet have been identified, the majority of the population in Western countries rejects the idea of adopting insects as food, predominantly for cultural reasons.

Nevertheless, international interest in promoting the consumption of insects has grown significantly, mainly in North America and Europe. This trend is mostly due to increasing attention and involvement from the scientific network and the food and feed industries, as well as governments and their constituents.

The book explores the current state of entomophagy and identifies knowledge gaps to inform primary research institutions, students, members of the private sector, and policymakers to better plan, develop, and implement future research studies on edible insects as a sustainable source of food. The case studies and issues presented in this book cover highly up-to-date topics such as aspects of safety and allergies for human consumption, final meat quality of animals fed with insects, the legislative framework for the commercialization of this novel food, and other relevant issues.

About the authors

Giovanni Sogari, PhD
Giovanni is a researcher in the Department of Food and Drug at the University of Parma, Italy, and a Marie Curie Fellow. Currently he is also a visiting scholar in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, and an Academic Scholar at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, in Ithaca, NY, USA. His main research interests are consumer behavior about healthy and sustainable diet, and novel foods market. He is a member of the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Cristina Mora, PhD

Cristina is a Full Professor in the Department of Food and Drug at the University of Parma, Italy. Her work includes a growing body of literature on qualitative methodologies to understand consumer attitudes and behaviors related to emerging food products as well as stakeholder analysis and public engagement in the agrifood sector. She has been involved in several EU research projects. Recent examples include Focus Balkans, Pegasus and Prime Fish projects. Cristina also undertakes teaching activities at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in Italy on consumer behavior and agribusiness. She is a member of the Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economists (AIEAA) and the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).

Davide Menozzi, PhD

Davide is an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics and Rural Appraisal at the University of Parma, Italy. His main research interests are the analysis of consumer behavior and preferences, the economics of food quality schemes, and the evaluation of the socio-economic sustainability of dietary behaviors. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Food and Drug and the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Parma. He is an active member in various scientific societies including the Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economists (AIEAA) and the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Insects as Food: Risk Assessment and Their Future Perspective in Europe

    Pages 1-9

    Goumperis, Tilemachos

  • Insects as Food in the Global North – The Evolution of the Entomophagy Movement

    Pages 11-26

    Payne, Charlotte (et al.)

  • How to Measure Consumers Acceptance Towards Edible Insects? – A Scoping Review About Methodological Approaches

    Pages 27-44

    Sogari, Giovanni (et al.)

  • Bugs on the Menu: Drivers and Barriers of Consumer Acceptance of Insects as Food

    Pages 45-55

    Hartmann, Christina (et al.)

  • Sensory and Consumer Perspectives on Edible Insects

    Pages 57-71

    Cunha, Luís Miguel (et al.)

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eBook 91,62 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22521-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Edible Insects in the Food Sector
Book Subtitle
Methods, Current Applications and Perspectives
Editors
  • Giovanni Sogari
  • Cristina Mora
  • Davide Menozzi
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22522-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22522-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22521-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 120
Number of Illustrations
5 illustrations in colour
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