Green politician Kretschmer: eat insects in the future "absolutely necessary"

24 Jan 2023 10:18 pm

Winfried Kretschmann is known for repeatedly giving the population unsolicited advice. Now he explained that insects will play an important role in society’s food supply. This path “must be taken”, despite the high cultural barriers.

Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) is known for repeatedly giving the population unsolicited advice or demanding changes in behavior. In the context of the energy crisis and the associated demand to shower less frequently or at least for a shorter time, he explained that the washcloth was a “useful invention”.

Now he gave his opinion on the subject of insects as food: In his view, worms, grasshoppers and insects should play an important role in society’s food supply in the future. On Tuesday the Green politician said in Stuttgart:

“From the point of view of the matter, it is absolutely necessary. This will play a major role in feeding humanity in the future.”

It is a “reasonable way” that makes ecological sense to get proteins. In his opinion, a first step would be to produce animal feed from insects. However, Kretschmer warned of high cultural barriers in Europe when it comes to eating insects. This shouldn’t be underestimated, but the path “must be walked”. The Greens politician said that he had already tried insects himself at a celebration in the Baden-Württemberg state representation in Berlin. He can’t remember exactly what he ate – it wasn’t a special taste experience, but it supposedly didn’t taste bad, he claimed to the dpa.

From Tuesday, house crickets can be used in food. Then a new EU law comes into force, according to which the insects, also known as house crickets, can be frozen, dried or used as a powder. Two days later, this also applies to larvae of the grain mold beetle. Similar rules already exist for locusts and flour beetle larvae.

More on the subject – EU allows house crickets and beetle larvae as food

(rt/dpa)

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