Commercial Products from Insects

Michael E. Irwin and Gail E. Kampmeier

University of Illinois and Illinois Natural History Survey

When people contemplate how insects are marketed as consumer products, images of novelties, gimmick foods, cuddly toys, odd adornments, and cartoon images are invoked, calling forth a range of emotions from repugnance to warmth. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Insects can be very big business. They and their products are sold for crop pollination, pharmaceuticals, health and agricultural protection, and human, pet, and livestock nutrition, as implements for conducting research, and for a host of other uses. This article focuses on commercialization of insects and their products.

FIGURE 1 Bees hired out for pollination of apple orchard. (Photograph by Eugene Killion.)
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