Consumers’ Attitudes Facing Entomophagy: Polish Case Perspectives

Agnieszka Orkusz , Wioletta Wolańska , Joanna Harasym , Arkadiusz Piwowar , Magdalena Kapelko


Based on high nutritional value and low production costs, edible insects are an excellent and sustainable source of animal proteins. However, completely replacing meat with edible insects requires a change in consumer mentality not only in Poland, but also in other European countries. In western countries, most people reject eating insects, mainly for cultural reasons. Concerning this, the objective of the study was to examine the knowledge, behavior, and attitudes of the Polish community about edible insects and to understand the main factors driving edible insect consumption. The study was held at the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland and consisted of two parts: The survey (among 464 students) and the tasting session (among 402 participants). The main findings suggest that there is low willingness to adopt edible insects as a meat substitute among Polish students due to the psychological barriers, such as neophobia and disgust. However, the willingness to eat processed insect food (bread, biscuit) is far higher than for unprocessed whole insects. Environmental benefits are the factors that least affected students’ willingness to try edible insects. Additionally, the tasting session of the bread with powdered insects was attended by the vast majority of participants, which indicates that a positive sensory experience can improve the acceptability of insects as food.
Author Agnieszka Orkusz (PE / DBFA)
Agnieszka Orkusz,,
- Department of Biotechnology and Food Analysis
, Wioletta Wolańska (E&F / DEFA)
Wioletta Wolańska,,
- Department of Economic Forecasting and Analysis
, Joanna Harasym (PE / DBFA)
Joanna Harasym,,
- Department of Biotechnology and Food Analysis
, Arkadiusz Piwowar (E&F / DMaFE)
Arkadiusz Piwowar,,
- Department of Economics and Organization of Agri-Food Economy
, Magdalena Kapelko (BM / DoL)
Magdalena Kapelko,,
- Department of Logistics
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, e-ISSN 1660-4601, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishenvironmental concern, edible insects, food neophobia, behavior change
ASJC Classification2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; 2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.129; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.468 (2) - 2018=2.948 (5)
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UwagaThis research was supported by CREABIOECON Flagship InterTeam project of INTEREKON grant financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland under the programme “Regional Initiative of Excellence” 2019–2022 project number 015/RID/2018/19 total funding amount 10 721 040,00 PLN.
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