Nevertheless, the amount of production for humans has been steadily rising since production began in 2008.
The major problem is cost: the market — and therefore production — is still far too small to make it as profitable as selling meat.
Arno sells 30g of freeze-dried grasshoppers for 12.50 euros, while 50g of mealworms costs 8.50 euros.
“There are several ways to convince people, it depends on the individual: Some prefer not to see they’re eating insects, for them to be powdered in a quiche, for instance, while others prefer to insect still to be whole when eaten,” Dicke said.
In Cecile’s kitchen, three newly qualified insect chefs licked their lips as they sampled what they had just prepared.
“It tastes slightly nutty, like hazelnuts,” Seppo said, biting into his burger.
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever tasted, but it’s tasty, and crunchy,” Richard said. “You shouldn’t try to compare it to anything else, I’d just say it tastes of insects.”