EU allows edible bugs – just like America

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Earlier this month, the European Commission authorized the larval form of Alphitobius diaperionus (lesser mealworm) for human consumption. The Commission also gave the green light to have partially defatted powder of Acheta domesticus (house cricket) sold on the market as so-called “novel food.”

And even though the practice has not been widely adopted in Western cultures, you can get a taste of insects right here in the U.S.

In 2017, the founders of Chirp Chips — which makes high protein chips using cricket flour — went on Shark Tank and received a $100,000 investment from billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

On their website, Chirp Chips says that crickets are highly nutritious: “Crickets are a complete and (dare I say) perfect protein packed with: sustainable protein, prebiotics, B12, iron, calcium, fiber, and amino acids.”