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Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan Has an Answer to the World's Growing Food Demand - Insects

A recent study found that promoting insects as tasty, or even as a luxurious and exotic delicacy, could help achieve more sustainable food production and healthier diets.

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Updated:December 25, 2018, 12:49 PM IST
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Celebrity Chef Gary Mehigan Has an Answer to the World's Growing Food Demand - Insects
An 'Insect tsukemen' ramen noodle topped with fried worms and crickets is placed on a customer's table at 'Ramen Nagi' restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters)
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New Delhi: With the increasing pressure of a multiplying population on the planet, celebrity chef Gary Mehigan believes that the ubiquitous insects can be an attractive and viable food option to fulfil the dietary requirements of the future.

A recent study found that promoting insects as tasty, or even as a luxurious and exotic delicacy, could help achieve more sustainable food production and healthier diets.

"Insects are eaten all over the world, some are absolutely delicious and with the pressure of an ever-growing population on our planet it will become a viable and attractive option," Mehigan, who has been judging Masterchef Australia for the past nine years, told PTI.

However, he does not believe that super-foods, food pills and protein bars will fill in the role played by traditional foods.

"I don't think food pills or bars will replace the traditional food that we know and enjoy today. Food is not just about sustenance, it is about family and community and an integral part of our lives, our culture and beliefs," said Mehigan who was in the city to promote South Australia as a tourist destination.

According to an estimate, the world population is expected to reach a whopping nine billion by 2050, and food production will have to be doubled to keep up.

"The global community has to make some very real changes to the way we consume the world's resources or the outcome for humanity is not all that rosy," said Mehigan.

He noted that experimenting with lab-grown meats as green alternatives with a lower carbon footprint was a welcome step.

"The cruelty we inflict on millions of animals fills many of us with sadness, our over consumption and food waste in the first word is horrendous," said Mehigan.

"We need to do something... I think we need to look at ways to reduce how much food we waste and consume, and make an effort to have meat free days, if we are carnivores, and take a lesson from the vegetarian community's recipe books," he added.

According to Mehigan, India by far has the best vegetarian cuisine in the world, and the country needs to spread the word about how wonderful and flavoursome vegetarian food can be.

"On a recent visit I fell in love with all sorts of dishes paya and nahari, tar ghost, chhole bhatura, bhapa ilish, masala dosa, kacchi biryani from Hyderabad. If you look at those dishes they are so complex, layered with flavour texture and utterly delicious how could I say no to all of that," Mehigan said.

India stands among top 10 source markets for South Australia and that is what has warranted its attention to promote the region actively in the country.

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