Editorial overview: Devastating locust swarms and pandemics: the same pressing need for sustainability science

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages v-ix, ISSN 2214-5745,
Olivier Dangles and Verónica Crespo-Pérez

In this special issue we provide mini-reviews of insects' utility to achieve SDGs, drawing examples from both temperate and tropical countries. The best-documented example of solutions provided by insects to address SDGs is the value chains of insect farming as feed and food. Innovative changes in food production based on insect mass rearing can be successful in feeding the rapidly growing human population, that is, mainly addressing the SDG 1, zero hunger. However, it is increasingly recognized that many SDGs are inextricably intertwined so a nexus approach considering their mutual dependencies may ensure higher and more equitable benefit sharing. In this context, Barragán-Fonseca et al. [8] present an original contribution with an example of reintegration of ex-combatants as smallholder insect producers in post-conflict Colombia. Although previously overlooked, insects can help promote peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG 16).