A study has been initiated by the National Center for Food Science and Technology that will serve as a foundation for promoting the production and consumption of food made from insects in Costa Rica.
There is a definite aversion among the population to eating whole insects. Not many would eat a whole cricket, for example, so other presentations such as flours and cookies are being evaluated.
Mexico is the country where the custom of eating insects is most consolidated. There, the general population consumes 550 species.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that insects can contribute to food security in the world since the population is ever growing and there are 1,900 species of edible insects.
Entrepreneurs interested in insect based products can get in touch with the project through the email [email protected] or the website www.cita.ucr.ac.cr/insectos.