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Insects are the food of the future, Dutch scientists say

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 01:35

Jan 17 - As global food prices continue to rise, scientists are looking for ways to feed the world in the future. One answer may be insects -- if people can stomach it. Stuart McDill reports.

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It may not look like agriculture yet but it could do in the future. As the world's population booms and food prices rocket - mealworms and grasshoppers could be the answer. Scientists at the University of Wageningen say insects are an environmentally friendly way of feeding the world, producing much smaller quantities of greenhouse gases than cattle and pigs, according to Professor Arnold van Huis. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PROFESSOR ARNOLD VAN HUIS, WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY SAYING: "Insects are certainly a solution, because I think they are are environmentally much more friendly, they are much more efficient in converting the feed to meat." Cookery students at Wageningen are trying to incorporate insects into their menu's - led by Chef Henk van Gurp. Mealworm quiche and baked grasshopper spring roll are just a sampling of the six legged delights available to discerning diners. (SOUNDBITE)(Dutch) CHEF COOK AT THE COOKING SCHOOL, HENK VAN GURP, SAYING: "I prepare my chicken with various herbs, and my baked fish as well, so I do the same with insects and then they are very tasty." The United Nations says food prices hit an all time high last month and could rise further on erratic global weather patterns. With the planet's population rising too - future generations may have little choice but to adapt to the creeping, crawling creations of tomorrow. Stuart McDill, Reuters

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Insects are the food of the future, Dutch scientists say

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 01:35