French insect farm readies production for human consumption


A company in Burgundy which makes insect-based protein for pet food has been given approval to produce mealworm-based protein for human consumption, prompting the building of what it says will be the largest insect farm in the world.

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In a box-like building on an out-of-town industrial estate in Burgundy, trays of Alphitobius diaperinus – otherwise known as the lesser mealworm – are being fattened up by robots then cooked, dried and turned into protein-rich powder and oil, reports The Guardian.