“Serious moves are being made to put the likes of crickets, grasshoppers, buffalo worms and mealworms firmly on the menu,” opens the national paper. The next paragraph calls on ADAS, as an industry expert, to comment.
“It is the biggest change I have seen,” Mark Ramsden, ADAS entomologist, told The Telegraph. “When we first started talking about this, it was all about novelty and people wanted to see photos of someone with a cricket in their mouth but now it is more about ‘how do we do this’ and the legal aspects.”
Entomophagy, otherwise known as insect eating, could become more popular as insects provide a valuable source of protein and can be farmed very efficiently using little energy.
The biggest obstacles to this, the article suggests, are getting over the instinct to keep insects out of our food and to ensure legal compliance when farming and eating insects.
You can read the article in full on The Telegraph website.
In early April 2017, ADAS organised a workshop in London to explore the future of insect farming in the UK and to identify the priorities. Supported by the British Ecological Society’s Agricultural Ecology Group, the Royal Entomological Society and the Woven Network CIC, the workshop attracted nearly 100 delegates, including academic researchers, start-up companies, livestock feed suppliers and nongovernmental organisations.