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Eat up your mealworms – insects could soon be on the menu in Ireland

High-protein bug replacements for meat and dairy could help save the planet

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Mealworm. Photo: Getty

Mealworm. Photo: Getty

The EU has previously cleared grasshopper for human consumption. Photo: Getty

The EU has previously cleared grasshopper for human consumption. Photo: Getty

Ynsect co-founder and CEO Antoine Hubert

Ynsect co-founder and CEO Antoine Hubert

Ynsect’s vertical farm in Ermelo, Netherlands

Ynsect’s vertical farm in Ermelo, Netherlands

AdalbaPro Fiber Textured Insect Protein from Protifarm, an ingredient similar to tofu

AdalbaPro Fiber Textured Insect Protein from Protifarm, an ingredient similar to tofu

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Mealworm. Photo: Getty

Insects could soon make their way into Irish pastas, burgers and protein shakes, as a French firm backed by US actor Robert Downey Jr scales up its operations.

Agritech firm Ynsect believes consumers here might be open to eating foods containing insect meal, if studies conducted in the UK are anything to go by.


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