EU clears way for insects to be sold as food | DW News


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EU clears way for insects to be sold as food | DW News



Insects have long been a staple food in Asia. In Europe, not so much. But diets are changing, with ever more people trying to avoid meat – for health or moral reasons, or because raising farm animals is less and less sustainable.
Now, the European Commission has officially declared mealworms to be food. It’s a game changer for insect farmers, many of whom have so far operated under temporary license.

Insects are rich in protein: Up to 70 percent of their entire mass is protein. In addition to that, they’re also rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, like fish. Some insects, especially the mealworm, have over 14 percent of fatty acids – that’s seven times as much as fish.

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  1. We already eat shrimps and snails so I don't see much difference. I just don't like the little legs and or eyes and or wings so I might not be eating anything with that attached but the worms yeah why not.

  2. What is this obsession with protein? Adults need hardly any yet it's all we hear about. As usual the answer is money. Potatoes are cheap. Mealworms are expensive. Simple marhs.

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