Published: 9 November 2018 at 11:30
Study in British Food Journal examines attitudes towards ‘alternative’ sources of proteinDespite years of TV exposure courtesy of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, research shows that the British public are yet to acquire an appetite for edible insects.
“Conventional meat production has a significant impact on the natural environment, including the emission of an estimated 18 per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change. Recent reports have stressed the importance of finding alternative sources of protein in order to help tackle this.
“Although lab-grown meat is not currently commercially available, studies indicate that it could require 45 per cent less energy and 99 per cent less land, and emit 96 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, than producing meat from livestock.
“Similarly, edible insects, of which 96 different species are known to be consumed by humans globally, require less land and emit up to 99 per cent less greenhouse gases than livestock such as cows.
“We hope the findings of our study will help start conversations about how best to promote alternative proteins as sustainable options to conventional meat, and also debunk some of the myths that exist, particularly around insect protein.”
“The ‘yuck factor’ was a key reason for people’s reluctance to try insects. People said they didn’t want to eat wriggly maggots, when in reality insects are much more likely to be ground up in a flour and used in a cookie, for example. Understanding and starting to change perceptions is important and I’m a Celebrity’s gruesome bushtucker trials may have a lot to answer for.”