European Commission approves two more insects as human ‘food’

The European Commission recently acknowledged concerns that insects cause allergies, as the World Economic Forum (WEF) has widely promoted insects as a source of protein for people. We have given the go-ahead to two species of insects for

“The Commission has approved a fourth insect, Alphitobius Diaperionus (lesser mealworm), for marketing as food. It refers to the larval morphology of Alphytobias diaminus, an insect species belonging to the family Darkling Beetle.

“The new food consists of house flies in frozen, paste, dried and powdered form. increase.

In addition, the European Commission has approved a partially defatted powder obtained from crickets as a “novel food”. The European Union defines novel food as food that has not been significantly consumed by humans within the region before May 15, 1997.

The EU decision promotes the WEF’s adoption of insects as human food, with a low ecological footprint and perceived capacity to mitigate climate change, making insects an alternative to animal protein. It is argued that it should be used as

Concern about allergies, aversion to eating insects

According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), eating insects can cause allergic reactions in certain people. Food allergies affect approximately 2-4% of the adult population and up to 8-9% of children It is estimated that

“EFSA concluded that consumption of the evaluated insect proteins may cause allergic reactions. In addition, forage-derived allergens (such as gluten) may be present in consumed insects,” admits the European Commission.

EFSA has carried out a “rigorous scientific evaluation” on products from two applicants. France-based Ynsect has filed a partially defatted powder derived from crickets.

The agency concluded that the two items are safe for human consumption “under the uses and levels of use proposed by the applicant.”

Getting people to eat insects can be difficult.

According to a report by the German Environment Agency (pdf), 45.7% of those surveyed cited “disgust” as the main reason for not wanting to eat insects. Hygiene concerns followed him at 14.9%.

“Motivation to consume insects instead of meat is very low. Aside from the fact that gender does not play a major role, men seem to be more open to insect consumption. We could not identify other sociodemographic factors that influence acceptance as

World Economic Forum Global Agenda

so article The WEF, published in February 2022, promoted insect consumption to mitigate climate change, arguing that insects may provide more protein per 100 grams compared to meat. .

Meat provides between 16.8 and 20.6 grams of protein per 100 grams, but for insects, this figure was between 9.7 and 35.2 grams, citing studies showing that.

“Of course, not all insect proteins are created equal. ,” said the WEF article.

In addition, they argue that insects require less care and maintenance than livestock. The article also argues that the world is running out of protein, pointing to a rapidly growing population estimated to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050.

2021 report (pdf) stated that the benefits of using insects as a food source “must be weighed against all possible challenges”.

It warns that eating insects can carry a number of food safety hazards that must be considered when considering them as a food source.

This includes “biological agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) and chemical contaminants (pesticides, toxic metals, flame retardants),” the report said.

The WEF’s warning to stop consuming meat has met with strong opposition among many in the United States.

Rep. Mike Flood (R-Nebraska) tweeted on Jan. 19 that “globalists are on it again.”

“If you want to learn how the WEF feeds more people more efficiently, visit Nebraska where it’s done and show the people doing the work how it’s done. We need to be able to do that,” added Flood.

Liam Cosgrove contributed to this report.