That’s Not Cricket!
Cricket bread could soon be on the menu at a bakery near you… at least if you live in Helsinki, Finland. Not a loaf fashioned into the shape of a cricket bat or ball, but bread made out of crushed crickets. It is all down to Fazer Bakery in Finland which is due to start selling the bread, which contains around 70 dried and ground crickets along with other ingredients normally found in a loaf such as flour, wheat and seeds, after the Finnish government lifted a ban on the sale of insects farmed and marketed for food use. According to Juhani Sibakov, head of innovation at Fazer, cricket bread “offers consumers a good protein source and also gives them an easy way to familiarise themselves with insect-based food,” he said. And perhaps we all need to do just that for in 2013 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which has begun a programme to encourage the breeding and consumption of insects, estimated that at least 2 billion people around the world consume insects. This number is set to rise as bug eating is becoming increasingly popular in the West, particularly among those on a gluten-free diet or those wanting to do their bit for the environment, as farming insects is believed to use less resources than farming animals. How quickly we all start eating bugs, however, will most likely depend on taste and on that count it appears cricket bread scores highly. Sara Koivisto, a student in the Finnish capital, said she “couldn’t taste the difference…It tastes like bread.” Could be the best thing since sliced bread.