by Esther Katz
Society Applied Anthropology 82nd Annual Meeting
Studies have shown that insects are particularly rich in proteins. Institutions such as FAO now promote this consumption and incite to the development of insect farms. In Latin America, insect consumption is rooted in indigenous cultures, but also extended to a wider part of the population. Latin American people either appreciate or reject this consumption, value it, hide it or depreciate it. Anthropologists and ethnobiologists have a part to play in the promotion of this consumption, its sustainable exploitation and a fair access to this resource, when gourmet species escape from the poor who would need them more.