The Food Safety Authority says that adult locusts of the insect species can be used for food without concern for safety. High protein is found in them.
Locusts, those insects, whose attack destroys the crops of farmers, whose swarm devours 35,000 humans in a day… Now it is his turn to become food for humans. Yes, you are reading absolutely right. The European Union has approved it as food for humans. Earlier in June, the EU recognized the beetle’s yellow mealyworm larvae.
The European Union has declared that it is safe for humans to eat locusts. Locusts have been recognized as food on the application of Netherlands-based firm ‘Fair Insects BV’. The firm produces insects called locusts, mealworms and house crickets. These insects are produced for the feed of chickens and pets.
Locusts have also been added to the approved food list of the European Union. Not only this, the Food Agriculture Organization has identified insects named locusts, mealworms and house crickets as very nutritious and healthy food sources with high protein, fat, vitamins, fiber and minerals.
According to the European Union, locusts can be eaten as a snack or meal. They can be eaten dried or frozen, with their wings and legs removed, or by making powder. In the coming times, the EU can also recognize an insect named house cricket and include it in the list of human food.
The European Food Safety Authority says that adult locusts of the insect species can be used for food without concern for safety. High protein is found in them. However, the commission has forbidden people with allergies to crustaceans, mites and mollusks from consuming it.
Let us tell you that many countries of the world including India are troubled by locust attacks every year. Desert locust team destroys crops of thousands of acres. They can cover a distance of 16 to 20 kilometers in an hour. An adult grasshopper can eat about 2 grams of food equal to its own weight. There are about 40 million locusts in a one kilometer locust swarm, which has the capacity to devour food equivalent to 35 thousand people in a day.