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UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
13 May 2013Last updated at 13:00 GMT Over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report. The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. However it admits that "consumer disgust" remains a large barrier in many Western countries.

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