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Marketed as a fashion choice: Sweet chilli and lime-flavoured crickets will join Abokado’s customisable range of toppings.

I’m reminded of a line in an old science fiction movie about some poor-person’s-excuse-for-food being “good for the environment, and okay for you”.

At long last, locusts are being fed to the masses as an alternative to meat, on the pretext that our current eating habits are harming the eco-system.

We’re all expected to change our ways and eat bugs.

Can you guess who won’t?

I’ll give you a clue: Don’t expect to see locust on the menu at the big Tory Black and White Ball any time soon.

Roasted crickets are to go on sale this week at outlets of a London snack brand – the first time in the UK edible insects will appear on the regular daily menu at a takeaway food chain.

The crunchy whole crickets, from Eat Grub, will be available in Abokado shops across London from Tuesday as part of the chain’s new spring menu. The sweet chilli and lime-flavoured snack will join its customisable range of toppings for fresh salads, poke bowls and hotpots, and also be available as bagged snacks alongside nuts, edamame and popcorn.

Environmental experts have long recommended insects as a sustainable food source that could help cut food poverty and reduce the damaging impact of meat production. Insects are also nutritious, containing essential proteins, fats, minerals and amino acids.

Source: Grub’s up: roasted crickets to go on sale at London food chain | Environment | The Guardian

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