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Insects will be important part of UK diet by 2020, says scientist | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Consumers in the UK will turn to insects as food as conventional meat becomes scarce, says entomologist. Prof Marcel Dicke of Wageningen University said: "The most important thing is getting people prepared, getting used to the idea. Because from 2020 onwards, there won't be much of a choice for us."

Oh yes there will.

Dicke heads a Netherlands-based four-year programme aiming to produce a scientific and business plan to bring insects to western tables.

I think we can see which side his cockroach is buttered on.

(For the avoidance of doubt this story was published on March 31st not April 1st - fool if you thought otherwise)


Nowadays there are so many idiotic but true stories around, it's actually hard to spot the spoofs.

BBC1 The One Show did a film about a week ago where their insect expert set up a stall in a shopping mall and was cooking insects. At first no one would try one but once he broke the ice and got someone to eat one then he had a wide range of people eating them.

I once read about an Englishman who was working in an Arab country supervising a gang of construction workers. When they stopped for lunch, he sat down with the men and got out his sandwich box. The man sitting next to him took out a brown paper bag. The Englishman couldn't understand why the bag was making buzzing a noise as he thought, quite correctly as it happens, that the bag contained the Arab's lunch. The Englishman was already half way through his sandwiches when his neighbour put his hand into his brown bag, took out a live locust... Sadly, his religion prevented him from enjoying them with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

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