‘However, I think it could be a step forward in the field of farming. Many experiments have been done, even in the United States, on hens fed with insect meal and the results are normal”
The green light given by the European Union to trade cricket powder as food “is something that does not belong to us”. In fact, the chef Cristina Bowerman, interviewed by AdnKronos, claims: “In the Italian context, with the Mediterranean diet, with our biodiversity, I think it is absurd to imagine that we go from a mullet to an insect. It is something that we do not belongs and I don’t even understand why one should imagine it”.
For the chef, the use of insects could be useful for the production of feed which favors, with these foods, the integration of the animals’ needs. “However, I think it could be a step forward in the field of breeding: feed – he observes – could thus be more natural than others, favoring the integration of the daily needs of captive animals. Many experiments have been carried out, even in the United States, on hens fed with insect meal and the results are normal. By integrating the diet with these elements, there is less pollution than with traditional feed. I also think that the introduction of powdered crickets could be a good solution for all those countries that have an extreme protein requirement. Let’s think for example of the population that is dying of hunger, even if this doesn’t concern us. I don’t think anyone expects someone to replace a good steak or grilled fish with insects “, he concludes.