Insects in Your Plate – Radio Radio – Pietro Paganini
Would you eat insects? New food companies are rising to offer a new healthy and sustainable diet made of a variety of insects.
Following the EU regulation more and more creatures are allowed in the food market. Surprise surprise, most of us are not aware that we are already eating insects. Big industries in fact, are already adding insects to their products as additional nutrient, cheaper and sustainable.
Insects add high value nutrients to food. They can grow cheaply. They can be grown in a very sustainable way, by using low energy, consuming no land, releasing very low CO2.
Still, would you eat them.
Insects as food or food nutrient is the exciting topic of my interview on Radio Radio one of the hottest Italian radio, very much followed in the Roma area. I am often a gust speaker in the radio program Lavori in Corso, hosted by Stefano Molinari.
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Insects in Your Plate
This is a very short summary of my long interview which as usual, I enjoyed very much.
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- Insects are now available in Europe, in at least 15 countries.
- EU regulation allows the sale of a certain number of small creatures.
- Two billion people in the world regularly eat insects.
- They are an extraordinary source of nutrients,
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- EU considers insects a source of healthy and sustainable food. This embraces the EU Farm to Fork strategy to design a healthy and sustainable diet.
- People should be free to eat what they want on the base of a free choice. This means people must have sufficient knowledge and grow critical thinking.
- Insects will not replace any traditional diet, at least for a long time. People should not fear them.
- Certainly insects are a fruitful source of nutrients.
- Food is more than nutrition, it’s socialisation, it’s culture, it’s taste, it’s connected to our neural system.
- They can be grown sustainably in big quantity by using little land, releasing very low CO2, using no fertilisers, using very low energy.
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- Insects diets hit the media because of the obvious new market effort to introduce them to the consumers.
- It remains a small niche in Europe and it will remain tiny for a long time.
- No reason to worry or to oppose such an innovation.
- Nobody will be force to eat insects or to give up their traditional diet.
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Insects might have a small impact on the environment that we are aware of. We have to be careful to consider them the solutions to the climate or food problem. Like any food or nutrient there are consequences intentional or unintentional they we do not see yet.