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Edible insects are one hop closer to our plates

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Monday was a watershed moment for the edible insect community in Quebec.

Yes, there is such a thing. Insects have been crawling into the food spotlight lately, bolstered by assertions about sustainability and health. They’re good for you and good for the planet, say enthusiasts, whose numbers keep growing.

On Monday, a new threshold in acceptability was reached: food TV superstar Ricardo Larrivée included powdered crickets in a quintessentially homey recipe, for banana bread. His guest, nutritionist Bernard Lavallée, declared that if anyone could get Quebecers to eat insects, it must be the revered Ricardo.

He may be on point. Sure, bugs are still a long hop from most Canadians’ shopping carts. But last October, a study revealed that an impressive 10 per cent of Canadians agree or strongly agree that bugs can provide a replacement to meat, an idea that found higher than average support (12 per cent) in this province.

Tellingly, Loblaws started stocking powdered crickets in 2018. A host of products found a spot........

© Montreal Gazette