Anyone for Thai Green Curry crickets? Or BBQ worm crisps?

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Selfridges has reported aN increase in sales of insect delicacies after the World Health Organisation suggested that eating bugs could be the solution to worldwide food shortages.
The department store has recorded an 11 per cent increase in sales of Edible’s insect-based snacks including Thai Green Curry Crickets, Dark Chocolate Covered Scorpions and BBQ Flavour Worm Crisps.
According to the WHO, insects are a more sustainable protein source than other meats.

Commenting on the increase in sales, Emma Murphy, Selfridges Confectionery Buyer said: ‘The Edible range has a broad appeal and there are a number of customers who appreciate the high protein levels in the range as it offers an alternative to high protein diets.
‘The Mopain Ants have as much protein per gram as a breast of chicken. Around Christmas time, we find customers buy the range for novelty value.
‘The Scorpion vodka, The Gold Lolly and the Mopain worms do really well over Christmas especially as ‘I’m a Celebrity’ is on at that time, too.’
Insects are ‘extremely efficient’ in converting feed into edible meat, according to the WHO report.
On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilo of meat.

Insects are full of protein, fibre and a range of micronutrients
Currently, most edible insects are gathered in forests and what insect farming does take place is often family-run and serves niche markets.
But the U.N. says mechanisation can ratchet up insect farming production. The fish bait industry, for example, has long farmed insects.
Insect farming is ‘one of the many ways to address food and feed security,’ the food agency said.
‘Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly,’ the agency said, adding they leave a ‘low environmental footprint.’
They provide high-quality protein and nutrients when compared with meat and fish and are ‘particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children,’ it said.
Insects can also be rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, and are a source of fibre.
The agency noted that its Edible Insect Program is also examining the potential of arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions, although they are not strictly speaking insects.
University biologists have analysed the nutritional value of edible insects, and some of them, such as certain beetles, ants, crickets and grasshoppers, come close to lean red meat or broiled fish in terms of protein per gram.

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