Gourmet Grubb, a South African firm, has started selling milk made from farmed insects and calls it “Entomilk”.
“Think of Entomilk as a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future,” the firm said on its website.
Entomilk has high protein content and is rich in minerals such as iron, calcium and zinc, according to the firm.
This is actually not the first time milk is being gotten from insects; as Entomilk actually entered the market two years after the introduction of “cockroach milk”, a milk produced from the viviparous cockroach called Diploptera punctata.
A type of cockroach found on Pacific islands like Hawaii and unlike normal cockroaches gives birth to its babies as against laying of eggs. This milk is a combination of protein, fats and sugars which is necessary for the growth of the baby cockroaches.
According to a study by Indian researchers in 2016, cockroach milk contains over three times more energy than cow milk.
But despite all the positives, scientists never expected that cockroach milk would be found on supermarket shelves anytime soon or openly sold to the public. This is as a result of its unappealing name and whether its actually safe for human consumption.
“We have no evidence that it is actually safe for human consumption,” said Subramanian Ramaswamy, the lead author of the 2016 study.