Worm boosted meat on the way

EU authorises farmers to feed bugs to chickens and pigs

Sligo News File

Fancy a helping of worm-fed meat on your plate? Like it or not, it looks from reports that it’s what the EU apparently wants consumers to chew on as a more sustainable source of protein.

According to news accounts, the EU is authorizing farmers to now feed bugs to their chickens and pigs, a move said to come into effect from this week.

The EU’s food safety watchdog appears to have already ruled that insects are safe for consumption – this includes locusts, crickets, and mealworms.

However, feeding bugs to poultry and livestock rather than directly humans has shown, it’s said, the greatest commercial potential with the market for insects estimated to reach 500,000 tonnes within the next few years.

Insect-based food has long been seen as a part of the solution to cutting the emission of greenhouse gases in food production.

The British Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced a ban on the feeding of mealworms to chickens in 2014. Mealworms are imported and may have come into contact with, or been fed, animal protein which could then potentially pass on disease.