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The European Union is poised to approve the sale and consumption of edible insects

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According to the Guardian, the EU is excited to announce edible insects as a novel food in the upcoming weeks. The European Food Safety Authority is expected by the insect industry to endorse the sale of certain insects to be sold and consumed on a large scale. ~

The European Commission defines Novel Food as “food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force.” Insects becoming a novel food allows for it to be sold in mass production throughout Europe for the first time. ~

Previously, European countries have been divided on the regulations involving edible insects. While the EU passed this legislation in 1997 requiring that foods become novel foods, countries like the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland believed that this did not apply to animals. ~

In contrast to the countries previously stated, countries like France, Italy, and Spain have previously banned insect-based foods. These countries assumed that, like other foods, edible insects would need to be approved as a novel food. ~

The insects being approved include whole or ground mealworms, lesser mealworms, locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers. “The sort of foods ranges from whole insects as an aperitif or as snacks to processed insects in bars or pasta or burgers made out of insects,” said Christophe Derrien, the secretary-general of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (Breitbart). ~

Insects are a great alternative to animal protein as insects, just like meat from animals, are complete proteins. Insect protein has all nine amino acids essential for the human body. ~

“We believe that insects for food is one solution for some of the biggest challenges we are facing on the planet. In the context of scarce resources, and insect production is not too demanding, you have the capacity to produce high-quality protein. That is a very promising solution,” Derrien concluded (Breitbart). ~

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