Six legged superfoods – the future of meat?

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With the ethics and environmental costs of red meat production under increasing scrutiny, raising insects for food could play a significant role in the future, believes Lincolnshire farmer Adam Banks.

And he is now rearing the house cricket (Acheta domesticus) to produce a protein-rich food ingredient that has a remarkably good environmental profile.

Changes to EU legislation due to be made later this year could relax some of the rules around the business and expand the range of insects that can be farmed.

Mr Banks runs Instar Farming, which raises crickets for human consumption at a farm in Lincolnshire.

He points out that insects are already a staple foodstuff across much of the planet and that there is a plethora of facts and figures highlighting a range of health, nutritional and environmental benefits.

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