A third of Britons think that we'll be eating insects by 2029
Researchers have said that things like cricket fries and worm burgers will become the norm in a decades time. Whilst this may seem revolting, there is a reason to why more than 30% of Britons think that we will be chowing down on silkworm very soon.
Insects could possibly be part of mainstream diets in the UK amid mounting challenges in food production, new research reveals. With UK farmers facing pressure from the climate change, pests and plant diseases with also an increasing demand from a growing population – research released on in late August 2019 claims that 32% of British adults think that regularly munching on cricket snacks and buffalo worm burgers within 10 years.
Manufacturers, supermarkets and restaurants are all investing in a changing food landscape in the UK as consumers embrace flexitarian diets – where a largely vegetable based diet is occasionally supplemented with meat, they can also experiment with meat substitutes and even have a plant based diet.
Food production is an extremely wasteful process. Millions of gallons of water are used each year in the production of agricultural meat. So why insects then? Livestock produce more greenhouse gases than the transport industry. With also producing a lot of gases, they also take up huge amounts of space, allowing them to graze. Insects are believed to be a rather good alternative as they don't take up large amounts of land, water or feed unlike pigs, cows or chickens.
Insects are also highly nutritious. Containing essential proteins, fats, minerals and amino acids. Bugs for consumption are typically bred in large scale factory conditions, which would not produce a lot of carbon emissions, saving the world. Last November, Sainsbury’s became the first major UK grocer to stock edible crickets, selling the roasted insects as snacks in small bags from the UK brand Eat Grub in 250 of its stores.
This is what the packaging of the Sainsburys crickets look like
The global edible insect market is set to exceed £430 million by 2023, according to recent research. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation says at least 2 billion people regularly consume insects. But while more than 1,000 species are eaten around the world, they hardly feature in the diets of many rich nations.
Rest assured, MacDonalds won't be serving fried grasshopper anytime soon.