Thailand urged to explore edible insect market

BANGKOK (AP) —
Researchers say Thailand is showing the world how to respond to the
global food crisis: by raising bugs for eating.

The United
Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization released a study and
handbook Tuesday on what they call 'six-legged livestock' — edible bugs
and worms that can help meet global food demand that is expected to grow
60 percent by 2050. The agency says they provide a rich source of
protein, vitamins and minerals.

The study was conducted in
Thailand, where insects including crickets, grasshoppers and bamboo
worms have long been a part of diets, especially in rural areas.

Entomologist
Yupa Hanboonsong says about 200 insect species are eaten in Thailand.
Cricket farming alone is already a $30 million industry there, but only a
few other species have been commercially marketed.