There is growing interest in insects as human food in academia, food and agricultural industries, public Institutions and the public at large.
Yet many of the words and concepts used to describe these organisms and the human practices surrounding them are still rudimentary, compared to the diversity of the organisms themselves and the existing complexity and rapid evolution of the practices they aim to describe.
The goals of this paper are to:
show how the roots of the term entomophagy and its uses have evolved over time;
illustrate some of the term’s problems that necessitate its review;
offer recommendations for use of the term in future research and other practice.
Our paper offers a brief historical review of insect eating as described by certain Western cultural sources, explores some of the taxonomic ambiguities and challenges surrounding the category insects, and ultimately argues for more precise and contextual terminology in this both richly traditional and rapidly developing field.
Download the article published on Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, Wageningen University (pdf format, English text): Entomophagy- an evolving terminology in need of review