Canapes with mealworms Credit Peter Smithers
Canapes with mealworms Credit Peter Smithers

About this Group

Insects as food & feed

As the world population increases the requirement for additional sources of protein will become a pressing need. Insects are already enthusiastically consumed in many parts of the tropics so it makes sense to explore their possible role in western diets. This SIG  is slightly different from other SIG’s as it aims to offer a focus for an emerging industry rather that an area of study. As part of the societies grand challenges in entomology the Insects as Food and feed SIG will bring together  a diverse range of people from across this embryonic industry such as, scientists, farmers, food technologists, lawyers  and chefs to examine the vast range of possibilities offered by insects as a novel source of protein. The annual meeting will report on current research and industry innovations plus offering open discussions with informed panels and opportunities for informal talks and  networking. Anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend.


  • Mark Ramsden


  • 2022 Meeting

    Watch the keynote presentation by Arnold van Huis on “Edible Insects: Progress and Prospects” in April 2022.

    Visit the 2022 event page here.

    Read more about Arnold’s work here.