The future of food: insects, GM rice and edible packaging are on the menu

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As the global population rises and food prices do too, many scientists are looking for alternatives to traditional foodstuffsEating insectsTwo billion people around the world, primarily in south-east Asia and Africa, eat insects – locusts, grasshoppers, spiders, wasps, ants – on a regular basis. Now, with food scarcity a growing threat, efforts are being made to normalise the concept of entomophagy, or the consumption of insects, for the other 5 billion. Last year, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a list of more than 1,900 edible species of insects; the EU, meanwhile, offered its member states $3m to research the use of insects in cooking.Why? Because insects, compared to livestock and fish, are a much more sustainable food source. They are available in a…