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How bugs could be the food of the future according to Cambridge experts

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Most people squirm at the thought of eating bugs, but one company in Cambridgeshire is encouraging other organisations to use them as a key food ingredient.

Innovia Technology believes using insects, which are high in protein, can have many benefits.

Greg Dickens is helping companies to use insects as a key food ingredient. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Greg Dickens is helping companies find ways to use insects as food.

If you can get people talking about what would I like to eat- meat, vegetable or insect, it will make a huge difference not just to our health... but the impact we have on the planet and our countrywide ecosystem.

– Greg Dickens, Innovia Technology
species of insect known to be eaten worldwide

Benefits of eating bugs:

  • High in protein
  • Generally more sustainable and environmentally friendly than other animal proteins
  • Emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than chicken, cows and pigs
  • They require less land and water than other animals
number of people who eat bugs worldwide
One Cambridgeshire firm breeds fly larvae to create fuel for plants, animals and vehicles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Another Cambridgeshire firm uses insects to create fuel.

Entomics breeds fly larvae, feeds them on food waste and then processes them into fuel for plants, animals and vehicles.

There's a certain species of insect that we use, the black soldier fly and black soldier fly lava are very efficient at converting food waste into complex fats and proteins as they grow.

They can reduce food waste volume by 95% over a two week growing cycle.

– Matthew McLaren, CEO Entomics