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Edible insects fly into spotlight: International conference to promote bugs as a sustainable, health

MONTREAL — Insects generally prompt Canadians to reach for the fly swatter or bug spray, but at an international meeting this month in Montreal, academics and entrepreneurs will argue we should be licking our chops instead.

Inspired by a 2013 report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization hailing insects as “healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish,” a growing number of North American enthusiasts are promoting six-legged protein.

“Edible insects really are the quintessential urban agriculture product...

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