A Diet of Worms By Mrs Vera West
Get ready for it; under the coming globo-commo regime meat is going to be a thing of the past, racist in fact, so if we live, get set on eating insects, if you are lucky.
“The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved mealworms as safe food for human consumption, providing a huge boost for the burgeoning edible insect industry.
The decision was made based on the work done by a French IPIFF Food Task Force and its members. However, the favourable assessment will have to be confirmed by the European Commission’s Health Directorate General, which will give the final authorisation for market approval in the European Union.
The announcement has been hailed as a giant leap forward for the industry, paving the way for future approvals of ‘defatted insect protein consumption’.
“This breakthrough is a major achievement that rewards the work that has been done for years by the entire European insect industry gathered under the IPIFF umbrella,” said Antoine Hubert, CEO of Ynsect. “We hope that this positive assessment will be the first of many.”
The yellow mealworm is the first insect to receive a positive safety evaluation for human consumption in the world, which recognises it as premium product, uniquely ‘food grade’ compared to insects used only in animal feed.
Yellow mealworm is expected to be mass farmed across Europe in the near future.”
Well, we will not be eating eels in the future, which may be just as well, since these electric fellows have been found to hunt in packs, electrocuting everyone:
“A research expedition in the Amazon has revealed electric eels actually hunt in large packs and work together to deliver a supercharged jolt of energy to attack and disable their prey.
Video uploaded yesterday in the Ecology and Evolution journal on the Wiley Online Library site shows detailed observations over the past almost 10 years.
The first video evidence of how the eels operate was captured at a small lake on the banks of Brazil's Iriri River back in 2012.
The jolt is so powerful, the fish can be catapulted out of the water and left paralysed on the surface, helpless and ready for eating. (9News)
Since then, researchers have continued returning to the site to study the eel's hunting behaviour – which revealed some surprising results.
The method involves up to 100 electric eels circling around schools of small tetra fish to form a "prey ball."
The eels then herd the smaller fish toward shallower waters, before they splinter off into smaller groups of about 10 and move in closer to the "prey ball" to deliver a supercharged jolt of electricity.
David de Santana, a zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and co-author of the new study, said the synchronised blast is so powerful it blasts some of the fish out of the water and leaves them floating, stunned, back on the surface – becoming an easy target for the eels.
""It's really amazing to find a behaviour like that with eels that are 2.4, 2.5 metres long," Dr de Santana told Live Science.
"One individual eel of this species can produce a high-voltage discharge of 860 volts. So, in theory, 10 electric eels can produce 8,600 - that's a lot."
Yes, all well and good, but could we power our laptops using these eels if we can no longer eat them?