Ant lasagne anyone? New kitchen appliance wants you to farm insects for your tea

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Forget steak, let's have larvae for supper…

Katharina Unger insect farm

© Katharina Unger

A new kitchen appliance hopes to revolutionise home-grown food, by allowing people to farm insects for their dinner.

The table top appliance farm can produce 2.4kg of larvae protein, with the idea being to provide a more viable alternative to the current high levels of meat consumption.

Industrial designer Katharina Unger explains on her website that after '432 hours, 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs turn into 2.4 kilogram of larvae protein, larvae that self-harvest and fall clean and ready to eat into a harvest bucket.'

As black soldier ants don't eat, the larvae are fed on bio waste – meaning that the production doesn't use any water or produce any harmful rubbish.

It's estimated that by 2050, meat production will have to increase by 50 percent to accommodate a growing demand. The average Briton currently eats on average 85kg of meat a year, working out to be around 33 chickens, one pig, three-quarters of a sheep and a fifth of a cow.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation have been advocating the consumption of edible insects as an alternative to meat, which currently has a huge detrimental effect on the environment.

The UN would probably whole heartedly approve then of scoffing black soldier fly larvae as they contain up to 42% of protein, and a good serving of calcium and amino acids.

Can you see a black fly larvae risotto being on your dinner menu in the future?

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