Entomophagy - Definition

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Entomophagy refers to the human dietary practice of consuming insects. This phenomenon has existed as long as records date among numerous countries and ethnic groups, and today it is gaining practitioners in occidental society. More than 1,400 edible species are included in entomophagic practices, among them worms, caterpillars, termites, grasshoppers, and beetles. Insects are generally appraised, apart from their taste, for their nutritive richness.