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    Mealworms approved as safe human food by the European Union

    Yellow mealworm safe for humans to eat, says EU food safety agency | Food safety | The Guardian - "Move paves way for high-protein maggot-like insect to be approved for consumption across Europe"
    The insect’s main components are protein, fat and fibre, offering a potentially sustainable and low carbon-emission source of food for the future. When dried, the maggot-like insect is said to taste a lot like peanuts.

    Ermolaos Ververis, a scientific officer at the agency, said: “This first EFSA risk assessment of an insect as novel food can pave the way for the first EU-wide approval. Our risk evaluation is a decisive and necessary step in the regulation of novel foods by supporting policymakers in the EU in making science-based decisions and ensuring the safety of consumers.”

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    The insect’s main components are protein, fat and fibre, offering a potentially sustainable and low carbon-emission source of food for the future. When dried, the maggot-like insect is said to taste a lot like peanuts.
    Mealworms are grubs, immature forms of the beetle Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle.

    I think that they could be presented as "land shrimp", because insects' closest relatives are crustaceans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    I think that they could be presented as "land shrimp", because insects' closest relatives are crustaceans.
    I had bugs for lunch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomb#20 View Post
    I had bugs for lunch.
    How COULD you???!!!

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    Does this answer your question?


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    Well, they are called MEAL worms.

    Meal worm couscous. Yum.
    When conservatives realize they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will abandon democracy.

    Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor but because we can't satisfy the rich.

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    No thanks. I'll have the Soylent Green. Make mine the MAGA flavor (Soylent Orange).

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    They also come in different sizes. I use them to feed birds at certain times of the year, and they also make a decent fishing bait. I always wanted to take a nibble.

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    Meal worms? Seriously? They're for the birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernhybrid View Post
    Meal worms? Seriously? They're for the birds.
    So is Millet, but in some regions it's a human staple.

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    Why wouldn't they? The EU is not a Christian organization, they have no obligation to follow obscure religious dietary laws.
    "Banish me from Eden when you will, but first let me eat of the tree of knowledge."

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