A sushi chain based in London has introduced a new spread on its cuisine menu: crickets, bugs, grubs are now part of the food menu at Abokado. Abokado’s managing director Kara Alderin said in a statement, “In a few years insects will be a normalized food in our everyday diet.” Reports suggested crickets will be part of the poke bowl at the London based sushi chain restaurant, owing to the fact that crickets are “healthy” and “sustainable.”
Apparently, the concept of consuming insects is nothing new, in fact, around two billion people in the world consume insects. This concept is known as “entomophagy”.
Apart from being marketed as healthy, high on proteins and environmentally friendly, insects are also considered as a viable option to fish and meat. Reports suggest that Sainsbury had also started selling grubs as snacks in 250 of its stores since the last year. A 2013 report published by the UN also suggested that consumption of insects could help in boosting nutrition and also reduce pollution. Allegedly, we can eat the entire insect, including its wings, but consume only 40% of cow meat.
Moreover, insect farming also takes up only a fraction of the land, water, and feed. Insects also release about 80% less methane than cows, and in comparison to pigs, mealworms generate between 1% and 10% of the greenhouse gas per kilogram.