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Finnish bakery chain to start selling ‘insect bread’

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A bakery in Finland has claimed it will be the first in the world to offer ‘insect bread’ in grocery stores.

From tomorrow, almost a dozen Fazer Bakery outlets in the country will offer a product called Fazer Cricket Bread.

The product is made with crickets, with the insects dried and ground before being added to flour.

One loaf is said to contain 70 crickets, making up 3% of the total weight of the bread.

According to the bakery, cricket bread is a good source of protein, and also contains fatty acids, calcium, iron and vitamin B12.

The product is initially being made available in 11 stores due to limited cricket supplies, with BBC reporting that the insects are initially being imported from the Netherlands.

However, the company says it hopes to roll out the product to all of its 47 stores in the near future.

Markus Hellström, Managing Director of Fazer Bakery Finland, explained: “We wanted to be in the forefront of food revolution. We want to boost growth in the bread category with hand-made artisanal bread, also in the future.

“Finns are known to be willing to try new things, and the Fazer Cricket Bread is an easy way to get a feel of food of the future.”

While insect-based food remains something of a rarity in the western world, around 2 billion people eat insects worldwide.

Experts argue that wider use of insects in food could improve food security as the world’s population continues to grow – offering both a nutritious and environmentally-sustainable alternative to traditional meat farming.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation points out that crickets require less food than conventional livestock, and emit less greenhouse gases and ammonia.


28 Comments on "Finnish bakery chain to start selling ‘insect bread’"

  1. Makati1 on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 4:51 pm 

    Getting adjusted to the future one bite at a time. But then, most processed foods have had bug parts in them for a long time. They just never advertised the fact. Do you know what is in your Big Mac? lol

  2. JuanP on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 6:50 pm 

    I eat bugs every day because I eat as I harvest. I don’t wash any of the fruits and veggies I grow and I don’t mind the dirt or bugs in them. I don’t chew the veggies all the way because I don’t like crushing sand with my teeth. I have never had any problems doing this. I would not eat any purchased fruits or veggies without washing them first, though.

  3. Makati1 on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 7:13 pm 

    Juan, I too ate a lot of bugs in my youth, when I would climb the wild cherry trees and gorge on cherries, spitting out the seed. Never thought about the worms. Ditto for mulberries and the little mites that infested them. Probably do the same today, if they were available.

    I do eat snails, an ingredient in some of the recipes here. How is that different than shrimp or lobster? All in what you grew up with, I guess.

    Most of us eat bugs and don’t know it: “Cochineal and its close cousin carmine (also known as carminic acid) are derived from the crushed carcasses of a particular South and Central American insect. These popular colorants, which today are used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatins, candies, shampoos, and more, come from the female Dactylopius coccus, an insect that inhabits a type of cactus known as Opuntia.”

  4. MASTERMIND on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 7:25 pm 


    You would eat bugs you sick demented freak show…Dont worry you will be eating boiled rat soon enough…

  5. deadlykillerbeaz on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 8:15 pm 

    Every year at the end of July the crickets invade. In fact, there are thousands upon thousands out in the grain fields. If those grain fields weren’t there, the cricket numbers would be 1/10th of what they are in the real world.

    Farmers growing grain are directly responsible for the high populations of crickets.

    It was drier this year, so the numbers of crickets were not as prolific.

    Plenty of other animals, birds, that will eat the crickets.

    Humans are going to deprive bluejays from a good source of protein.

    Humans are such greedy pigs. They want everything at once.

  6. DMyers on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 8:15 pm 

    If we’re sticking to crickets here, I have a friend from Colombia, and she’s told me that in Colombia they boil crickets in oil and eat them like popcorn. [sell the crunch, not the bug]

    There’s already a track record with crickets. They have proven to be an enjoyable snack in some localities.

    Other bugs,I’m not so sure about. I would advise caution that proceeds with an open mind.

  7. Makati1 on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 8:43 pm 

    Third world America: “As America Gives Thanks, Homelessness Continues To Set New Records In Major Cities All Over The Nation”

    “If the economy is doing just fine, then why is homelessness at levels not seen “since the Great Depression” in major cities all over the country?…

    In fact, within the past two years “at least 10 cities or municipal regions in California, Oregon and Washington” have declared a state of emergency because the number of homeless is growing so rapidly….

    Many of us tend to picture the homeless as mostly lazy older men that don’t want to work and that instead want to drink or do drugs all day.

    But the truth is that women and children make up a significant percentage of the homeless. In fact, the number of homeless children in our country has increased by about 60 percent since the end of the last recession.

    And there are thousands upon thousands of military veterans that are homeless. …

    If things are this bad now, how much worse will they become as the economy really starts slowing down?”

    “Overall, the Midnight Mission serves more than a million meals a year, and Berkovich says that homelessness hasn’t been this bad in southern California “since the Great Depression”……

    For New York, this is the highest that the homeless population has been since the Great Depression, and city leaders are trying to come up with a solution.

    Meanwhile, things are so bad in Seattle that “400 unauthorized tent camps” have popped up….

    And the slide continues…

  8. MASTERMIND on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 8:52 pm 


    Another fake news story from a bunk source. The economic collapse blog…Boy are you dumb as rocks. You will believe anything..Hey send me your email and phone number because I got some magic beans i would love to sell you!

  9. dave thompson on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 9:43 pm 

    If humans are going to eat bugs we better hurry because they are fast disappearing in the world (the bugs first).

  10. MASTERMIND on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 9:45 pm 

    Black Friday 2017 Compilation Massive Fights Stampedes, Brawls!

  11. Sissyfuss on Fri, 24th Nov 2017 11:16 pm 

    Mak, homelessness is just one of a myriad of conditions of overshoot. And when the desperate cry to the Pooh-Bahs of government over their plight all they hear are crickets. Which at least gives them a chance at a meal.

  12. Makati1 on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 12:16 am 

    LOL. Yep! Homelessness is also a symptom of debt and greed. A sign that the collapse of the economy is fast approaching. When a country puts wars for profit ahead of it’s people, the empire is over.

  13. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 12:29 am 

    Barf. I’ll order the steak and potatoes.

  14. onlooker on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 1:15 am 

    That is what Empires do Mak, that is why the imperialism mindset is a plague upon this Earth

  15. Makati1 on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 2:13 am 

    Totally agree, onlooker.

  16. Cloggie on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 3:06 am 

    Black Friday 2017 Compilation Massive Fights Stampedes, Brawls!

    Interesting teint most Americans have these days. I didn’t see a single John Wayne among these shoppers from hell. Probably too busy feeding his horse.



    Wait until the petro-dollar crashes and the EBT cards will have null and void value. These Black Friday (what’s in a name!) Neanderthalers will come to your doorstep for some solid industrial strength “proletarian shopping”, no questions asked.

  17. GregT on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 3:55 am 

    “That is what Empires do Mak, that is why the imperialism mindset is a plague upon this Earth”

    Exactly why I don’t believe in human imaginary lines drawn in the sand, and centralized power and control. Throughout history, it has always led to violence, corruption, mass murdering, death, and destruction.

    When a society of people believe that they are exceptional, because of their ability to cause death and suffering to others, that is when that society has gone completely wrong, and is well on it’s way to imploding in on itself.

    If a society is unable to extend moral principals towards others, it is only a matter of time before they lose those same moral principals for themselves. What goes around, eventually comes around, always.

  18. GregT on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 4:11 am 

    “Interesting teint most Americans have these days.”

    Santa Claus molested far too many over the years Cloggie. Red and white is now out. Black is in.

    Another big sign of the degradation of society.

  19. peakyeast on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 6:24 am 

    Just like tarsands, shale-oil, and deep sea oil signals the end of oil – this is the biological equivalent. We are racing to the bottom of the food chain.

    Even today after simply ALL landareas are used to grow human products the farmers whine if a few birds come along and pick at their grain.

    There is just no end to human greed – nor does humans have ANY sense of reasonable behavior.

  20. Davy on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 6:25 am 

    “Wait until the petro-dollar crashes and the EBT cards will have null and void value. These Black Friday (what’s in a name!) Neanderthalers will come to your doorstep for some solid industrial strength “proletarian shopping”, no questions asked.”

    You dumbass anti-Americans pretend like this excessive consumerism is not occurring down your street. You also are economic illiterate and fail to see this kind of consumerism is driving the world economy. You further are socially illiterate and fail to understand the US. This is not happening everywhere. You cherry picking pussies grab headlines and paint your nefarious portrait of the US like it is everywhere. Do you realize many Americans are appalled by black Friday and have nothing to do with it. What a bunch of losers.

    BTW, dutchy Europe is one big EBT card and do have little understanding of what the petro dollar is.

  21. peakyeast on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 6:39 am 

    btw. Absurd to call it thanksgiving – more appropriately it should be called thanksplundering.

  22. onlooker on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 7:46 am 

    Yeah we are thankful, we found a whole new Continent to exploit and its inhabitants were too weak and primitive to stop us

  23. paulo1 on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 8:11 am 

    Good comment, Davy. My American relatives are horrified at Black Friday, and they’re just normal folks.

    Bugs? Sure, when I take an apple off the tree, or on blackberries in fall. As for a food staple and eating message I bet those folks buying the cricket bread are paying a premium, and on the way home from the bakery they’ll stop at a trendy coffee shop and buy an overpriced cuppa frappa crappa.

    Homeless in North America? For sure, it exists and has been growing when debt-ridden folks stumble into misfortune. However, it also indicates declining support for mental illness. A lot of the folks pushing carts and mumbling away are suffering from mental illness. Plus, I see a lot of ‘supposedly’ homeless young people on the west coast (Canada). They migrate here from all over because it is relatively warm in winter and Victoria/vancouver are cool cities to hang out in. You see them everywhere, and many look pretty able-bodied to me. Plus, they are screaming for workers in Victoris with a 3% unemployment rate. However, I guess it’s more fun to smoke up, beg, and busk than it is to pack lumber on a construction site.

  24. deadlykillerbeaz on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 8:12 am 

    An uncle had a field of barley that was in windrows ready to harvest. About 500 geese flew in and began to feast on the fresh ripe barley. The greedy geese were looking for a free lunch, too damned lazy to find food in the hinterlands, no, they wanted to have something that wasn’t theirs and did nothing to have it. It took three shots from a high-powered rifle to get them to seek new places to rest and eat. Three or four of them fell dead.

    500 geese will eat a lot of barley if they are there in the field for three or four days, they don’t care, if it’s there, they’ll eat it all. The geese deprive people and their livestock of nutrition. Can’t do that, it’s against the rules.

    A Mama cow will drive a coyote into the dirt. Nothing left of it.

    It’s a cruel world.

  25. Shortend on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 8:23 am 

    Boy, those “lazy” geese…how dare they eat what’s not theirs!

  26. Davy on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 8:36 am 

    Killer bee, I lost most of my apples and grapes to a family of raccoons. I was ready to put up my raccoon fence and got busy. In just a weeks time they cleaned me out.

  27. peakyeast on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 3:40 pm 

    Yeah and I lost 90% of my plums to insects, but I am not going to spray them anyway.

    The squirrels took an enormeous amount of nuts, but I love watching them.

    Our free ranging chickens like my strawberries and berries, but at least my wife and children eat their eggs and they also entertain my boy.

  28. DerHundistlos on Sat, 25th Nov 2017 7:31 pm 

    Oh sure, it’s that damn wildlife eating again!!!! No matter that damn near all of the world’s productive land has been turned into a conveyor belt for humans. The geese and other non-humans must eat in the hinterlands, wherever in the hell that is, and if they dare take money out of my pocket kill ’em.

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