Can Insects Be Our New Protein?

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    Insects just moved a step closer to European dinner plates.

    Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive, the European Union’s food watchdog said 13 January, ruling on an application by French insect farmer EAP Group SAS – Micronutris, now known as Agronutris.

    The European Food Safety Authority’s opinion is a first step before officials consider whether to approve sales of snacks, protein bars, cookies and other foods containing the bugs as ingredients.

    The decision is a jolt for the insect-farming business, which researcher Arcluster predicts will grow tenfold to exceed $4.1 billion globally by 2025. Insects are emerging as a more sustainable source of protein thanks to their lower environmental impact and high nutritional value.

    We talked to insect protein producers in Europe to get their thoughts on the prospect of this market.

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