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Insect burgers to go on sale in Switzerland

By T.K. Randall
August 16, 2017 · Comment icon 20 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 (20)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by acute 6 years ago
We need to start getting more of our protein from insects.  Feeding food to livestock, to later eat the livestock, makes no sense whatsoever! Processed insects don't taste like insects, in the same way that processed chicken barely tastes of chicken.  It is the other ingredients that provide the flavor. Bring on the Bug Burgers!
Comment icon #12 Posted by AnchorSteam 6 years ago
Oh, really? Say no more, I ain't no Guinea Pig and my taste for exotic food only goes so far.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Farmer77 6 years ago
But ....would you EAT a Guinea Pig?
Comment icon #14 Posted by AnchorSteam 6 years ago
Depends on who is doing the cooking.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Farmer77 6 years ago
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 #16 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
Bug Burgers should be the least of their problems.
Comment icon #17 Posted by qxcontinuum 6 years ago
i forsee ppl eating ppl in the future. hamanburger 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
Good luck, I'll just watch from here if that's ok.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Aardvark-DK 6 years ago more "Waiter ! There is an insect in my food!" remark ? Bummer...
Comment icon #20 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
I ate a scorpion once. I know they're arachnids like spiders and not insects, but still.  

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