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Bug banquets to end world food crisis

• Terrence Aym
As the population grows, the climate changes, and arable land available for agriculture shrinks, people will eat bugs. So says Frank Franklin, a professor and director of pediatric nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Franklin sees a natural progression towards consuming insects as part of the daily diet. Dining on creepy-crawlers—properly known as "entomophagy"—is a matter of course for much of humanity. Maggots, worms, beetles—even spiders and scorpions—are considered lip-smacking treats by many Asians.

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