Nutrition experts have found a cheap way to help save the environment and solve the food shortage crisis. Eating insects seems to be squeamish. But as a source, it is abundant and rich in calcium and protein.
The European Union thinks creepy crawlies should start appearing on menus after experts in Brussels recommended that bugs could be a vital source of nutrition.So scorpion soup and cricket casserole could soon be options, as the European Commission has now offered ￡2.65 million into a project to promote eating insects. Farmers can set up co-ops to deal with the supermarkets. The commission has also ordered the UK Food Standards Agency to investigate and potentially look at ways to make entomophagy - the eating of insects - a more popular choice.The research institute which is awarded the money by the commission will have to research quality and safety, potential allergies and what sort of proteins the insects offer.Professor Marcel Dicke, leading a team at Wageningen University, in Holland, is applying for the grant.He said: "By 2020 you will be buying insects in supermarkets. I think it will start with ground-up insects in sauces and burgers."Snacking on silkworm moth larvae or adding blitzed bees to sauces could offer a much-needed solution to soaring costs of red meat.One study found that grasshoppers offer 20 percent protein with a tiny six percent fat, compared to lean ground beef's 24 percent protein and 18 percent fat.Alternatively insects emit fewer greenhouse gases than cattle, require less feed and are viewed as more environmentally friendly.