Europe is taking another step towards the consumption of insects. In a press release, the European Commission announced that it had authorized the marketing of defatted powder from Acheta Domesticus (house crickets) for the food market. It is the third species of insect to receive approval from European authorities, after the mealworm and the migratory locust, both approved last year.
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach the threshold of 9 billion people. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that the volume of food produced globally will need to double by then to feed the entire world population. Alternative sources rich in protein for humans and livestock, insects are one of the serious alternatives for sustainable consumption in the face of these new food challenges. Indeed, the production of edible insects responds to demographic, nutritional, social, and environmental challenges to meet the food needs of tomorrow.
Thus, the growth of the insect market is driven by population growth, but also by the need for sources of protein, produced in a sustainable way for human and animal consumption.
Insects are gradually establishing themselves as a credible protein alternative to meat, in particular, because of their bioconversion and the low environmental impact they have.
Until recently, the consumption, marketing, and breeding of edible insects were subject to ultra-strict European regulations. However, we can now observe a switch in direction and we are excited to see more insects on European plates in the near future.
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