A muesli bar with mealworms has been voted as the tastiest insect snack on Tuesday evening. The insect snack poll was conducted by the Dutch Insect Breeders' Collective (Venik) during the Spinoza te Paard lecture delivered by Professor Marcel Dicke of Entomology in the Paard van Troje in The Hague. Among the issues covered was how insects can benefit human beings as food.
Dicke expects the winning muesli bar to be on sale in supermarkets about a year from now. While it is a sustainable product, Peters questions the extent to which this aspect would motivate the consumer to buy it. 'One thing's clear to me anyway', she says. 'Sustainability is a nice call for the policy makers and a money spinner, but it hardly affects the consumer, who would not opt for insects because of sustainability. You would have to seduce him by making the product attractive and tasty.'