Why are Bugs Becoming Big Business in Japan?

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  • The bug market in Japan is growing because of the nutritional and environmental benefits of this type of protein.
  • Across the country specialist shops are selling food products that contain everything from spiders to crickets, weevils and cicada. Restaurants are even starting to include bugs on their menus.
  • Insect farms are also growing, as raising insects require very little land, water or feedstock compared to traditional livestock such as pigs or cattle.

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