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Thursday 26 May 2016

Rentokil 'pestaurant': Putting pests on a plate gives us food for thought

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 21/05/2014

Salt and vinegar crickets
Salt and vinegar crickets

If most of us found a bug in our burger when eating out our first instinct would be to inform health officials or, even, sue the offending vendor.

But pest control specialists Rentokill will be putting such delicacies as mealworms, crickets and even scorpions on the menu in a pop-up pestaurant in Belfast next month to raise awareness about the problems that such pests can cause for home-owners.

In a wider perspective, while such fare may not be to our taste, scientists believe that insects could be one solution to the growing problem of a global food crisis. They argue that the proliferation of insects on the planet along with their high protein and fat content could make them a nutritious and sustainable diet.

Now that really is food for thought.

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