Frog legs rolled in worm flour could be the next culinary delight for European haute cuisine after the European Union gave its blessing for the first time for an insect food.
Aoife White – Anti-Empire June 1, 2021
Dried yellow mealworm can now be sold across the 27-nation bloc after a Monday decision from EU governments and a food safety assessment, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
EU officials suggest it could be used as a protein boost for cookies, pasta or baked goods, as they try to reassure fussy eaters that millions of people around the world already eat insects. It’s also a more environmentally friendly alternative to rearing cattle and other larger sources of protein. The market for edible insects is set to reach $4.6 billion by 2027, according to one report earlier this year.
Some 11 other insect foods are waiting for food safety evaluations from the EU. [How nice of them to give us “alternatives” after they price us out of meat with “green” taxes.]
“It is up to consumers to decide whether they want to eat insects or not,” the EU said on its web page. “The use of insects as an alternate source of protein is not new.” [See, you don’t need cows as a source of protein after all!]
Martin comments: “the peasants are starving!”. “Then let them eat worms”. At least Antionette suggested cake. I wonder how much insect protein Macron intends to wash down with his Sauvignon Blanc? I recall one of the local supermarkets here in Christchurch attempting to sell dead insects in fancy packaging. After a few weeks, a price reduction. No takers. Then to the Bargain Bin. Nope. “Free, please take!”. Still no joy. One assumes their final destination was the landfill. There was a time when patrons would complain about finding an insect in their meal, y’know…