Creamy critters – where to try insect ice-cream for free
In most instances, finding a bug in your food is somewhat frowned upon – but what if we told you that incorporating crawly critters into your diet could be the secret to sustainability? In an effort to educate people about the future of food, The Economist will be hosting two insect-laden ice-cream pop-up stalls to offer up a free taste of some seriously mind-bending flavours – chocolate and cricket, anyone?
Insect ice-cream isn’t just an interesting concept – it’s a conduit for serious conversation around the future of the global food economy. To help fuel these discussions and break down stigmas, The Economist has been hosting pop-up scooperies around the country dishing out its buggy iced confections so you can see (and taste) what all the fuss is about. There will be four fun flavours to try – the Scurry Berry with blueberry, raspberry and a mix of insects, the Choc Hopper with (you guessed it) grasshopper and chocolate, the Strawberries and Swirls with cream and meal-worms, and the Nutritious Neapolitan featuring mixed critters in a strawberry, chocolate and vanilla base.
The initial thought of insects in your ice-cream may be a little bit jarring, but hear us out – there are a whole heap of benefits to incorporating bugs into your diet. At the current rate, global demands for meat are putting a serious strain on the environment. Two billion people across the world are already enjoying the benefits of a diet that includes insects – some of the perks include decreased wastage, a high protein content and a greatly reduced impact on the environment. As well as looking into the advantages of eating bugs, The Economist has done a heap of research into the future of sustainable food – you can check it out on its website.
Keen to see if you can stomach the future? The Economist will be dishing out free scoops of insect ice-cream at the University of Queensland on Wednesday March 14 and in the Queen Street Mall on Thursday March 15 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get a wriggle on!
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