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Insects as past and future food in entomophobic Europe

Svanberg, Ingvar and Berggren, Åsa (2021). Insects as past and future food in entomophobic Europe. Food, Culture & Society. 24 , 624-638
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Insects as food show a large variation in traditional use over the world. This high variation between countries in combination with current ideas of insects as part of a solution to feed a growing global population raises interesting questions. The aim of this paper is to investigate what has been perceived as food historically and how this changes over time with focus on insects. Insects and their products have been used for food and medicine within and outside Europe for as long as we have records. They have not been a staple food but a rare addition to the diet. The frequency of use in Europe, even in times of food crisis, points to reluctance towards this food source. Based on behavioral history and perception of insects as food we suggest the terms entomophobic (insect despising) and entomophilic (insect loving) to describe the eating behavior of societies. If societies are to change their food consumption patterns, new food habits and traditions needs to be created. Altering a predominantly entomophobic society to an entomophilic, changes are needed to take place and many are linked to consumption tradition. Change is likely; history teaches us that aversion to ingredients is possible to overcome.

Authors/Creators:Svanberg, Ingvar and Berggren, Åsa
Title:Insects as past and future food in entomophobic Europe
Series Name/Journal:Food, Culture & Society
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:624-638
Number of Pages:15
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 605 Other Humanities > Ethnology
Keywords:Entomophagy, ethnozoology, food change, food-cultural studies, future food, gastroculture, nutritional anthropology
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Web of Science (WoS)000629466200001
ID Code:25651
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:12 Oct 2021 15:25
Metadata Last Modified:12 Oct 2021 15:31

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