Edible Insects and Tribal Nutrition (Paperback)
Edible Insects and Tribal Nutrition explores the traditional practices of consuming insects as a source of protein and nutrition among the primitive tribes of the Nilgiris District in the Western Ghats region of India. The book focuses on two main insects: edible winged termites and laboratory-reared crickets (Coiblemmus compactus Chopard 1928 and Gryllus bimaculatus De Geer 1773). The author, V. Lokeshkumar, evaluates the nutritional content of these insects and compares it to traditional protein sources. The book also examines the potential of edible insects as a sustainable and environmentally friendly protein source to combat malnutrition and food insecurity in impoverished areas. In addition, Edible Insects and Tribal Nutrition provides a comprehensive review of the cultural, ecological, and economic significance of entomophagy (the practice of eating insects) in different parts of the world. The book also discusses the challenges and opportunities in promoting entomophagy as a mainstream protein source. Overall, Edible Insects and Tribal Nutrition is a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, and anyone interested in exploring alternative sources of protein and addressing global food security challenges.