Expert predicts shops will be selling insects as food by 2020

The European Union is reportedly spending almost €3m investigating the nutritional value of eating insects, which they believe will relieve food shortages and help save the environment.

Small grasshoppers offer 20% protein and just 6% fat, compared to lean ground beef's 24% protein and 18% fat.

Insects also emit less greenhouse gases than cattle and require less feed, supposedly making them environmentally friendly.

One academic involved in the research is predicting that people will be buying insects in supermarkets by 2020.


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