The researcher who wants Australians to eat a larval sausage


"In contrast, African consumers eat insects quite readily. So what we want to study is demographics between countries and in Australia to see people's willingness to consume insects and in what form."

The sale of the idea of ​​insect protein to younger people could be a simpler proposition, said Dr. Hoffman, because statistically it was more likely that they would try new things.

He said he believed that Australians would be able to buy insecticides and larval sausages within the next few years when commercial operations arrived online.

Dr Louwrens Hoffman of the UQ is studying how Western countries can accept insect proteins as part of their diet.

Dr Louwrens Hoffman of the UQ is studying how Western countries can accept insect proteins as part of their diet.

But in the end he said it might not be a personal taste, but a bureaucracy that could delay their introduction.

"The gray area is the legislation around this food source, there is currently no legislation around the use of insects as food," said Dr. Hoffman.

"You have all sorts of quality standards legislation for things like meat and cereals, but you don't have any flies."

In addition to being used as a direct food source, fly larvae could be used as an alternative source of food for poultry, said Dr. Hoffman.

The poultry industry is looking for ways to be more sustainable in its practices, although there is resistance to the use of worms as a partial source of food, especially if they have fed on recycled waste.

But Dr. Hoffman said that chickens naturally fed on insects in the wild rather than food preparations.


He and his team are working to run an experimental facility by the end of the year to test locally if chickens fed a partially worm diet are still safe to eat.

"It will be a modular system, in which we can transform it into a wider trading system," he said.

"What makes flies larvae ideal is that they can thrive in a wide range of materials.

"There must be a better understanding of the difference between animal nutrition and human food, and a global re-evaluation of what can be healthy, nutritional and safe food for all".

What if you can't stand the idea of ​​larva sausages?

"One of my students created a tasty ice cream for insects," said Dr. Hoffman.

Stuart Layt covers health, science and technology for the Brisbane Times. He was previously a Queensland political reporter for AAP.

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