“Nobody wants to put the raw insect in our plate, but why not eat an hamburger with healthy meal of crickets or a cake with flour silkworm?”.
Marco Ceriani, founder of Italbugs, start up of scientific research that deals since 2000 of edible insects, is convinced that the food-based on insects, still banned in Italy for environmental and health risks, “it is nutritious, sustainable and finally good”.
Insects – says Ceriani in his recent audition at the italian Senate Agriculture Committee, in order to the possible removal of prohibitions related to edible insects – “are the food of the future in a world where food demand is growing much faster than the supply available.”
“Insects as food, feed already two billion people in over 50 countries in the world – says Ceriani – and are a source of nutritious and sustainable food that allows less use of natural resources. Today, European institutions already provide for the use of insects in animal nutrition from 2018 will open the doors to the free movement of insects based foods in the European Union”.
“By now – adds Ceriani – insects belong the ‘novel food’ and are related to specific regulations, but Belgium, the Netherlands, France and England already allow controlled insects breeding and production. Belgium was the first country in Europe to publish an official safety statement on the abscence of chemical, microbial and allergen risks related to ten species of edible and native insects, allowing the use in human food”.
“With its ‘no’ to edible insects – said finally Ceriani – Italy risk to get late in this sector, facing a forced import”.