Hisham Al-Hariri, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Ain Shams University, explained that the small size of the Egyptian locust may be the reason for the absence of a culture of feeding on it, pointing out that the locusts migrate towards the Red Sea at the time of rain, as this is the breeding season.
Cairo- The European Union’s release of migratory locusts on the market as food has sparked debate about the possibility of the locust-eating culture being transmitted to Egypt.
Commenting on the European permit – as the second insect recognized by the European Union as a type of food – the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Ain Shams University, Hisham Hariri, confirmed that the locusts in Egypt can be eaten, but the culture of society is not accustomed to it, indicating the presence of this culture in a number of countries Arabia.
During a telephone interview with the “Tahrir Hall” program broadcast on the “Echo of the Country” channel, Hariri said that the percentage of protein in locusts is 62%, while the percentage of fat is 17%, noting that some studies confirmed the quality of locust fats in terms of cholesterol, as they feed on the plants.
The many benefits mentioned by the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Ain Shams University for eating locusts, called on the presenter of the program, Azza Mustafa, to demand the dissemination of what she described as a “locust eating culture” in Egypt.
Hisham al-Hariri confirmed the presence of desert locusts in Egypt, noting that they are characterized by a small size, and often migrate in rainy seasons to the Red Sea and from there to Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
The Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Ain Shams University explained that the small size of the Egyptian locust may be the reason for the absence of a culture of feeding on it, pointing out that the locusts migrate towards the Red Sea at the time of rain, when this is the season of their breeding and migration.
Al-Hariri pointed out that there are nearly 20,000 species of locusts, including brown, red, Egyptian and Australian locusts, stressing that the type of locust that is being eaten is the desert locust, which is present in a number of Asian and African countries, including the regions of eastern Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, which are eaten as food. Its size reaches 10 centimeters.
The European Union has added locusts to its list of approved foods, as part of the bloc’s efforts to encourage more sustainable agricultural and food systems.
This is the second time that Brussels has allowed humans to eat a “safe” insect after agreeing to add dried yellow “Tenbrio moltor” beetle larvae to its menu last June.
The European Commission, which has legalized the migratory locusts as human food, said the locusts would be marketed as a snack or food ingredient, either in dried or frozen forms with wings and legs removed, or as a powder.
The European Food Safety Authority confirmed that adult locusts are high in protein, and there are no safety concerns from ingesting them.
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