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Insects: Europe pushes to adopt them in human nutrition

Filiera Italia: "Another paradox of an overly ideological approach to Farm to Fork"

Europe pushes on human nutrition with insects. Pest insect meal moths will become food and part of the daily diet, after the European Union approved their marketing as a food product for human consumption for the first time. You can choose whether to eat them dried, as a snack, or use them in the kitchen as flour.

It is the first insect to be recognized as a food. The authorization came after a careful evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) which recognized the black miller, the typical kitchen moth, as a source of low environmental impact proteins.

“Another paradox of an overly ideological approach to Farm to Fork”: this is how Luigi Scordamaglia, managing director of Filiera Italia, welcomes the EU's green light to the first insect as food. "On the one hand it pushes towards a questioning of the production of our extraordinary food excellences, especially zootechnical ones, produced according to a model of sustainability that is unique in the world", says Scordamaglia "on the other, ethnic, alternative and instrumentally proposed foods as more sustainable are pushed to cover the growing demand for noble proteins".

And they continue from Filiera Italia: "While the countries in progressive growth want to access the consumption of our meat or milk-based products, to benefit from their extraordinary nutritional value and their quality, Europe invites its citizens towards forms of consumption far from the own territories and traditions".

"It is legitimate to offer the widest possible variety of food from wherever it comes from, but the principles of our healthy and balanced food tradition are not quickly liquidated - concludes the managing director - or by doing so we risk losing sight of the true objective of the new strategy that will guide European agri-food policies for the next few decades: to produce more and more quality naturally, impacting less and less and providing people with healthy and safe food”.

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