13 November 2015

Allyson Morgan

Would Brits be willing to eat insects in the future?


  • 73% of women in the UK couldn't imagine eating insects
  • 28% of men say yes they would be prepared to eat the creepy crawlies
  • 6% of Brits have eaten the creatures before

come on let's crawl to the ugly bug bar....

Insects are already eaten in four-fiths of nations worldwide from Mexico to China and the Food and Agriculture organisation of the UN is exploring the possibility of insects providing a greater share of global food needs. Insects are a great source of protein and there are plenty of them. So can the Brits imagine insects being a staple part of their diet in the future?

6% of the UK participants of the recent mingle Trend have already tried insects and liked them, 3% have had a taste but won't be doing it again soon 🙁 22% could imagine trying them, but 63% of Brits still need to be convinced insects could be a real food option in the future. The opinions of men and women differ greatly on this subject. 28% of men could imagine eating them compared to only 16% of women. The myth that women are frightened of creep-crawlies could well be true; 73% of females in the UK would not want to eat them at all.

However, we may all be forced to rethink our eating habits in the future? If the population continues to grow then of course we will no longer be able to assume we can "carry on consuming as normal". Which foods do you think it would be most difficult for you to give up? If you could imagine eating insects, which ones would you most be willing to try ?

Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :915 British participants selected on a representative basis
Survey time : 05.11.2015 until 10.11.15
Method: Online survey, sample

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  1. donna says:

    I couldnt eat insects and will not be forced to.

  2. Janet says:

    I would never eat insects. None of this is new, there has been many a guide to surviving in the wilderness advising people to eat insects, and I would probably starve to death because I will not do this. I would throw up, and I think it is cruel. I cannot stand that dreadful I’m a Celebrity jungle rubbish, people gloating over others eating creatures is disgusting. The participants who do this make themselves look vile too. UGH!

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