Bugs on the menu as palm weevil protein hits the pan

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Aspire was founded by students from Canada's McGill University in 2013, and launched the Ghana project last year.

In the United States, the company has a quarter hectare cricket farm, which sells wholesale to a handful of restaurants. Retailers including Exo and Bitty Foods use Aspire's cricket powder to make protein bars and flour. In Mexico, Aspire is also breeding grasshoppers.

Co-founder Shobhita Soor says the aim is to promote insects that are already popular – around the world some two billion people eat insects. People already consume palm weevils in other African countries, including Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, and across much of Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Read full article: Bhekisisa, January 16, 2017