EU Approves House Crickets And Mealworms For Human Consumption

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The insect craze is gaining steam in the EU. Any food may now contain insect protein as long as it is labeled as such, e.g., “insect biscuits” or “insect paste”. Technocrats partly reason that insects take fewer resources to grow than other forms of agriculture like row crops and animal husbandry. Technocracy, of course, is a resource based economic system that prizes efficiency. ⁃ TN Editor

Domestic crickets and mealworm larvae will be allowed as food in the European Union under new regulations, DPA reported, quoted by BTA.

Domestic crickets can be eaten frozen, dried or powdered from Tuesday, and the use of mealworm larvae in food will be allowed from Thursday.

Similar rules already exist for migratory locusts and yellow mealworms.

The European Commission is currently considering another eight applications to authorize the consumption of insect products, as producers must apply for authorization for each insect species they wish to place on the market.

Food containing insects must be labeled as such in the EU, including the name of the species.

According to the committee’s assessment, the house cricket and mealworm larvae are safe for human consumption, but may pose a risk to those with food allergies.

Insects are considered nutritious and high in protein and are part of traditional cuisine in many countries. They can also contribute to a sustainable diet as they can be grown with relatively few resources.

Very small niche market

“Deutsche Welle” notes that the powder from the house cricket will be able to be put in all possible foods. In bread and rolls, in pasta and cake mixes, in sauces and soups, in meat and milk substitutes, in potato products or in chocolate, but also in other products. In such a case, the products cannot be labeled as vegan or vegetarian.

The publication also writes that from Tuesday only the Vietnamese company Cricket One can offer partially defatted domestic cricket (Acheta domesticus) powder on the single market in the EU. The cricket was already included in the list of new foods after an analysis of scientific studies.

And from Thursday, January 26, larvae of the flour beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus) will be able to be processed.

However, it is not yet clear whether and how quickly these products will be introduced to the market. Until now, the insect food range is “really a very, very small niche market,” explains food chemist Armin Vallet of the Consumer Advisory Center in Hamburg.

Currently, only a few products with small amounts of insects are available in Germany – desserts or macarons. Using insect powder to make biscuits or flour won’t happen anytime soon, Vallet says.

Insects must be labeled as an ingredient on product packaging. The European Commission clarifies: “Everyone can decide for themselves whether to buy food produced from or containing insects.” For his part, Vallet calls for clear labeling on packages. And in a way that is easily understood by everyone. For example “insect biscuits” or “insect paste“.

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Patrick Wood
Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy. He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.
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Susan

These cretins are vile! I would rather starve than eat this because the way it will kill you is worse than death!

paul666

People have been eating bugs and insects a lot longer than they have been eating cows and sheep.
Many countries still have insects in their diet. You can buy them by the pound at food markets

Val Valerian

Again, the human digestive system is not designed to digest Chitin, so their plans are B.S.

 Chitin and Its Effects on Inflammatory and Immune Responses
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5680136/

Edible insects as a food source: a review: ” Generally, adults are composed of a high amount of chitin which is indigestible, and are thus low in calories.”

 https://fppn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s43014-019-0008-1