My current work is on the potential environmental, health and socioeconomic impacts of an increased demand for edible insects.
As an undergraduate I studied Biological Anthropology, and one research project I worked on was on insectivory in wild chimpanzees. After graduating I went to Japan on a scholarship from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. I learnt Japanese and developed an interest in insectivory - and insect agriculture - by humans. I spent a further two years in Japan studying this on a MEXT government scholarship at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, and also worked with the BHFCPNP group at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford University.
- Conservation Science Group:
- PhD Candidate
I am interested in the potential impacts of the expansion of a (relatively) new type of agriculture - farming insects for human food. It has been claimed that this could greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and the pressure on land use that are currently created by our increasing demand for edible animal-based protein. It has also been claimed that insects as food may have health benefits that rival traditional livestock. Finally, it has been claimed that insect farming has the potential to aid socio-economic mobility. The purpose of my PhD is to address these claims, through a combination of fieldwork and modelling.
Payne C L R, Scarborough P, Cobiac L (2016) Do low-carbon emissions diets lead to higher nutritional quality and positive health outcomes? A systematic review of the literature. Public Health Nutrition doi:10.1017/S1368980016000495
Payne, C.L.R., Scarborough, P., Rayner, M., Nonaka, K. (2016) A systematic review of nutrient composition data available for twelve commercially available edible insects, and comparison with reference values, Trends in Food Science & Technology 47:69-77, doi: 10.1016/j.tifs.2015.10.012.
Payne, C L R, Scarborough, P, Rayner, M, Nonaka, K (2015) Are edible insects more or less ‘healthy’ than commonly consumed meats? A comparison using two nutrient profiling models developed to combat over- and undernutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, advance online publication 16 September 2015; doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2015.149
Payne C L R (Forthcoming) Insects as Food and Feed – an interdisciplinary workshop held in Oxford, December 2015, Antenna
Dunkel F and Payne C L R (Forthcoming) Chapter 1. Introduction to edible insects, in: Dossey A T, Morales-Ramos J and Rojas G (Ed.) Insects as a Sustainable Food Ingredient, Elesevier
Payne C L R, Fruth B, Mato B, (2016) Entomophagy in the area surrounding LuiKotale, Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, African Study Monographs 37(1):1-12
Payne, C. L. R., Umemura, M., Dube, S., Azuma, A., Takenaka C., & Nonaka, K. (2015). The mineral composition of five insects as sold for human consumption in Southern Africa. African Journal of Biotechnology , 14(31), 2443-2448.
Payne, C L R (2015) The ‘domestication’ of edible insects, Seibutsukagaku (Journal of Biological Sciences) 66(3):166-176 (In Japanese)
Payne, C L R (2015) A report from the first international conference on entomophagy, Seibutsukagaku (Journal of Biological Sciences) 66(3):166-176 (In Japanese)
Payne, C L R (2014) Wild harvesting declines as pesticides and imports rise: The collection and consumption of insects in contemporary rural Japan, Journal of Insects as Food and Feed
Payne, C L R and Nonaka, K (2014) Erntefest Auf Japanisch: Wespen als leckerbissen in fernost [Black wasps and giant hornets: A harvest feast in central Japan] Bugs magazin (In German)
Webster, T H, McGrew, W C, Marchant, L F, Payne, C L R, and Hunt, K D (2014) Selective insectivory at Toro-Semliki, Uganda: Comparative analyses suggest no ‘savanna’ chimpanzee pattern Journal of Human Evolution 71:20-27
Scarborough, P, Payne, C L R, Agu, C G, Kaur, A, Mizdrak, A, Rayner, M, Halford, J C G, and Boyland, E (2013) How important is the choice of the nutrient profile model used to regulate broadcast advertising of foods to children? A comparison using a targeted data set, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2013) 67, 815–820
McGrew, W C, Marchant, L F, Payne, C L R, Webster, T H, and Hunt, K D (2010). Chimpanzees at Semliki Ignore Oil Palms. Pan Africa News 17(2): 19-21.
Payne, C L R, Webster, T H and Hunt, K D (2008) Coprophagy by the Semi-Habituated Chimpanzees of Semliki, Uganda, Pan Africa News 15(2)