Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Edible Bugs Hit Supermarket Shelves

Eat Grub say their edible crickets are a sustainable source of protein. Image credit: Phil Coomes 

Image credit: https://news.sky.com/story/sainsburys-launches-150-edible-insect-range-in-uk-supermarket-first-11556476

Edible crickets are a major food source in some countries around the world – and experts say they are the future of food! 

It is said the global edible insect market is set to exceed $522 million (£406 million) by 2023. 

In the UK, the sale of edible crickets has been limited to quirky pop-ups. 

But Sainsbury's have become the first UK high street supermarket to stock edible insects in 250 stores across the country from Sunday. 

The house crickets, also known as acheta domesticus, are farmed in Europe will come in packets of about 50 and sell for £1.50 per bag. 

The Eat Grub's "smoky BBQ crunchy roasted crickets" are described as "crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour".  I have no doubt that they are as they are described.

Sainsbury's suggests the crickets can be eaten as a snack or used to garnish dishes such as tacos, noodles and salads. 

According to UK’s The Independent (November 17, 2018), new research by Sainsbury’s and Eat Grub has revealed nearly 10 percent of people in the UK have tried edible insects, of which more than half (57 percent) say they enjoyed them. Two in five (42 percent) would be willing to try insects in the future, and seven percent say they would be willing to add them to their weekly shop if they were easily available. 

[FYI, London-based Eat Grub was launched in 2014 by Shami Radia and Neil Whippey with the aim of introducing the foodstuff into western diets. After collaborating with chef Sebby Holmes to open an insect-themed pop-up restaurant in east London, the duo started developing a wider range of products and launched their online store]. 

Rachel Eyre, head of future brands at Sainsbury’s, said: “Insect snacks should no longer be seen as a gimmick or something for a dare, and it’s clear that consumers are increasingly keen to explore this new sustainable protein source". 

Insects are naturally very low in calories and suitable for gluten- and dairy-free diets, as well as being exceptionally high in protein. Gram for gram, dried crickets contain more protein than beef, chicken and pork – with 100g containing 68g of protein, in comparison to just 31g of protein in beef. 

I certainly agree. 

Anyway, it’s nothing new. I was already promoting Crunchies’ Roasted Roaches – kindly check out this post @
https://helpvictor.blogspot.com/2018/10/blaming-najib-razak.html. LOL! 

Duncan Williamson, a global food system expert and food policy manager at WWF UK, said: “As the population increases, we urgently need to look at alternative protein sources to make the most of land available for food production”. 

In fact, a 2013 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation found that eating insects could even help fight world hunger and reduce pollution. 

Unlike the production of meat, bugs do not use up massive amounts of land, water or feed, and insect farming also produces far fewer greenhouse gases. 

It’s worth repeating that insects are incredibly sustainable and can help to reduce our carbon footprint.

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