Wouldn’t hurt a fly? A review of insect cognition and sentience in relation to their use as food and feed

Globally, there is increasing pressure to find solutions for feeding the growing human population. One of the
proposed answers to this problem is to farm edible insects, both for human consumption and as feed for
domesticated livestock. But what do we know about these miniature livestock? Are they capable of suffering, and
if so, what does this mean for this new and growing industry? Here, we review a fraction of what is currently
known about insect sentience and cognition, and call for more research to be done into this important subject.

Lambert, H., Elwin, A., & D’Cruze, N. (2021). Wouldn’t hurt a fly? A review of insect cognition and sentience in relation to their use as food and feed. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 105432.

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