Crickets the Protein Source in Finnish Bread

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November 26, 2017

If eating insects doesn't bug you, then this bread is for you.

Fazer, a bakery based in Finland, has started making bread from flour that includes dried crickets. The bakery claimed that it was offering the world's first insect-based bread for store purchase.

It's not all crickets in the dough, though. Also in there are wheat flour and seeds. The addition of the crickets adds protein to the mix.

The company said that each normal-sized loaf contained about 70 ground crickets and came with a slightly higher price tag than "normal" bread.

The bread introduction comes in conjunction with Finland's joining Austria, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom in an initiative that allows insects to be husbanded and used for food. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2013 launched a program to encourage such activity; now, the FAO says, nearly 1,900 species of insect are used for food and 2 billion people eat such insect-based food.

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