The future of food looks promising-but not if you are an insect. The University of Adelaide is seriously looking into insects as a regular food source or food base for developing countries. The serious lack of protein in the diets of these populations requires some alternative approaches.

“There has been growing interest in eating insects with nations around the world being encouraged to consider edible insects as an emerging agricultural industry,” says Kerry Wilkinson, associate professor.

However, the university is also looking at the possibility of bug meals being served locally in Australia. Perception data on cockroaches, mealworms, and crickets as protein sources are being explored and collated right now.

High protein flours and powders can also be created using edible insects. Their nutritional value consists of protein, mono and polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates. Global issues like overpopulation and food source must be addressed and Australia is taking the lead into insect research. Bugs are cheap and easy to cultivate and could be an agricultural industry in itself should it prove successful.

“Even if the domestic market completely rejects edible insects, it’s quite possible that other countries around the world may look to Australia as a source of these edible insects,” the professor adds.

 

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