Last may the North American Edible Insect Coalition had its first meeting in Detroit. The fact that insects are not listed by the FDA as a safe food ingredient is more than likely one of the issues discussed at the meeting last spring. Naturally, many people assumed that Washington would soon be flooded with lobbyists pushing to add insects to the safe food list. However, that has not exactly been the case, and many entrepreneurs looking to profit off of bug-based food are not too worried about the FDA’s failure to declare insects safe for consumption.
According to Robert Nathan Allen, a businessman looking to profit in the bug-based food market, most entrepreneurs are not too worried about resistance from the FDA. Instead, entrepreneurs like Allen, and the members of the edible insect coalition, are focusing on making the benefits of insect consumption known to the public so that people can make their own informed choices.
Do you think that insects will be used to create another common food additive, similar to high fructose corn syrup?