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In the western world, there has been, in recent decades, a strong preference for natural foods, and other natural products. I will analyze the basis for this preference, and focus on the fact that for most people, natural has to do with the history of a food, rather than its composition. It has a moral component, and I will discuss this and relate it to opposition to genetic engineering. In a second section, I will discuss the fact that large scale consumption of insects could solve many of the world’s food security problems as well as many environmental problems. I will consider the nature of opposition to consuming insects, mainly motivated by disgust. In a third section, I will discuss how attitudes to food and the food environment differ by culture. The main comparison will be France versus the United States, but I will also include India, Argentina and Brazil.

The Psychology of Human Food Selection Universität Konstanz

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In the western world, there has been, in recent decades, a strong preference for natural foods, and other natural products. I will analyze the basis for this preference, and focus on the fact that for most people, natural has to do with the history of a food, rather than its composition. It has a moral component, and I will discuss this and relate it to opposition to genetic engineering. In a second section, I will discuss the fact that large scale consumption of insects could solve many of the world’s food security problems as well as many environmental problems. I will consider the nature of opposition to consuming insects, mainly motivated by disgust. In a third section, I will discuss how attitudes to food and the food environment differ by culture. The main comparison will be France versus the United States, but I will also include India, Argentina and Brazil.

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