Eating bugs: is insect protein the way to a sustainable future?

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Have you ever thought about eating insects? Did you know that crickets, mealworms and ants are currently available to buy as food products in Australia?

It may sound a bit distasteful, but some experts think that increasing consumption of insect protein could be pretty good for our health and for the planet.

Today on Cosmos Briefing, we chat to Skye Blackburn, an entomologist and food scientist based in Sydney. Through her business Circle Harvest (formerly known as the Edible Bug Shop), Skye is looking to bring eating insects into the Australian mainstream.

Watch the interview to learn which bugs taste best (and worst), how they’re cared for, and how eating insects could help food security and the environment.

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