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Chocolate mealworm cake and cricket salad, anyone?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 01:44

Polish scientists create a host of insect-based recipes, in an attempt to address future world food shortages. Roselle Chen reports.

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It's a chocolate cake that might make you feel queasy. The special ingredient is mealworms - and lots of them. Wroclaw's University of Environmental and Life Sciences researchers made it. They're researching future trends in nutrition. SOUNDBITE (Polish) WROCLAW UNIVERSITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND LIFE SCIENCES, ANNA ZOLNIERCZYK, SAYING: "We can feed the insects leftovers from our table, so instead of throwing out everything we don't eat, we can give it to the insects and they will convert that into fresh biomass and after a few days or a week, we have fresh meatballs." The team says insect farming consumes far less water than crops and can be done at home. Insects are frozen, then ground up or thrown straight into a frying pan. Deep-fried crickets taste like roasted chicken, larvae has a nutty flavor and ants are spicy and slightly sour. Most importantly, they're all nutritious. SOUNDBITE (Polish) ENGINEER, JOANNA BIESIADA, SAYING: "Generally they have more protein than fat, so for some people this is important. These people could treat this as more dietary food with pretty high nutritional value. In addition to high protein content also they have large amounts of elements such as iron, potassium, sodium." Outside the university, passers-by were given a taster. SOUNDBITE (Polish) TOURIST FROM KIEV, VITALII LYNETS, SAYING: "I think young people will try it at first. Who knows, maybe in 10, 12 years, insects will be sold in shops just like pork chops." Researchers are searching for alternative solutions to feed the world's growing population. By 2050 a 70 percent rise in food production will be needed, with limited agricultural land available.

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Chocolate mealworm cake and cricket salad, anyone?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 01:44