Below are a few highlights from other posters and exhibitors at the conference - 4000 cricket-rearing centres in Africa, the socio-political implications of the entomophagy movement, and the cholesterol content of edible insects...
This photo (left) shows the packaging for a couple of insect products produced in Uganda, which use the slogan 'Another vegan meat!'
The products are 'Nsenene (grasshoppers)' which have been prepared with salt, onions and tomatoes. They are packaged in plastic and instructions on the packet read 'store in a cool dry place. Use within 3 weeks after opening.' The packet also claims that the product is 'rich in fat (43g/100g), protein (40g/100g), phosphorus, potassium and vitamin A'.
"the commodification of insects as food can - and often does - take the form of a neoliberal expansion rather than creating a 'green paradise'. Spheres previously based on subsistence are being interfused with market principles, creating new necessities and dependencies."
"and impending virtual continuation of the status quo in a new green disguise should activate a critical discussion. Ignoring the danger of entomophagy becoming a part of the [social] problems that it is expected to solve may hinder its great potential from unfolding."
The poster shows that one of the insects that is currently being reared for human consumption, the cricket Gryllus assimillis, contains (at 322mg/100g) more cholesterol per 100g than an egg yolk. Tenebrio mollitor, the mealworm species also being bred for animal and human consumption, also has a fairly high cholesterol content at 223mg per 100g. As the authors point out, 'insects as a food alternative should not be accepted uncritically'.