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Insect burgers to go on sale in Switzerland

Posted on Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 | Comment icon 22 comments

Is anyone actually going to eat this ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Candorwien
Insect-based edibles are beginning to appear in shops after a recent revision of food safety laws.
They might not be the most appetising of foodstuffs, but scientists are looking increasingly toward edible insects as an environmentally friendly way to help feed the world's ever-growing population.

Despite their small size, research has shown that, pound for pound, insects such as grasshoppers and mealworms are actually an incredibly good source of iron and protein compared to regular meats.

Now in a bid to capitalize on this potentially lucrative foodstuff, Switzerland has become the first country in Europe to authorize the sale of insect-based foods for human consumption.

The country's second-largest supermarket chain has started selling insect burgers and there are plans to bring several more insect-based delicacies to market in the near future.

At the moment only crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms are permissible, however it is possible that this could be expanded upon further down the line if the idea proves popular.

Whether anyone will actually want to eat these particular products however remains to be seen.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (22)

Tags: Insects

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by seanjo on 17 August, 2017, 12:19
How do you know? I seem to remember reading somewhere that people who have eaten bugs like locustssay they taste like prawn/shrimp.
Comment icon #14 Posted by AnchorSteam on 17 August, 2017, 18:20
Oh, really? Say no more, I ain't no Guinea Pig and my taste for exotic food only goes so far.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Farmer77 on 17 August, 2017, 18:29
But ....would you EAT a Guinea Pig?
Comment icon #16 Posted by AnchorSteam on 17 August, 2017, 18:33
Depends on who is doing the cooking.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Farmer77 on 17 August, 2017, 21:23
Personally I could do processed insects BUT I couldnt do a guinea pig. They squeal and hop when theyre becoming sad just thinking about eating one LOL
Comment icon #18 Posted by UFOwatcher on 18 August, 2017, 15:32
Bug Burgers should be the least of their problems.
Comment icon #19 Posted by qxcontinuum on 19 August, 2017, 3:35
i forsee ppl eating ppl in the future. hamanburger
Comment icon #20 Posted by Torviking on 21 August, 2017, 22:13
Good luck, I'll just watch from here if that's ok.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 23 August, 2017, 8:49 more "Waiter ! There is an insect in my food!" remark ? Bummer...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Black Monk on 27 August, 2017, 10:52
I ate a scorpion once. I know they're arachnids like spiders and not insects, but still.

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