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Crickets, Mealworms and Grasshoppers Are Human Food, EU Says

  • Insects seen as an alternate source of protein to animal meat
  • Bugs to be commercialised in dried, powdered and frozen forms
Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg

Crunchy, nutritious and now likely to hit dinner plates and supermarket isles; three types of bugs have now been certified as food fit for human consumption by the European Union.

European member states have recently approved house crickets, yellow mealworms and grasshoppers as so-called ‘novel foods’ which provides regulation for new them to be brought to market.