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French mealworms soon on our plates

What will we put on our plates tomorrow? With limited resources, a French company provides an answer: mealworms. Ÿnsect, created in 2011, is already breeding them on an industrial scale.

“Since the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provisionally approved mealworm proteins in human food in early 2021, part of the production goes to the development of ‘insect burgers’, bars, cereals, protein shakes, pasta, granola and other nutrients. dense foods,” detailed The Guardian.

‘It’s ethically good, it’s good for the planet and it tastes good’boasts the founder of the British daily. “Installed in the suburbs of Amiens in northern France, Ÿnsect’s new vertical farm, 45,000 square meters and 36 meters high, will start production at the beginning of 2023: more than 200,000 tons of products based on insects should come out every year.”

A “promising alternative”

Science appears to be on the side of business. “Already in 2013, a UN report in edible insects showed”a promising alternative to conventional meat production.

It is still necessary to get consumers to swallow the pill, as the idea of ​​consuming these protein animals is still repulsive. But this was shown by a South Korean study“The image problem that these ‘superfoods’ suffer from could be overcome by turning them into products as close as possible to meat. [Les chercheurs] found that steaming gave mealworms a corny aroma, and frying gave them the same properties as shrimp.”

Good omens for the founder who wants to believe in a change in habits: “A lot of it is all in our head.”

Source for the article

The Guardian (London)

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