EU’s push for insects in food supply will harm traditional farming, warns Poland’s former agricultural minister

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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In January, the European Union approved the sale of insects for human consumption in powder and other dried forms, but not everyone is happy about this development.

Poland’s former agriculture minister, Jan Ardanowski, says that the EU institutions inspired by environmental movements have declared war on traditional agriculture and are seeking to line the pockets of large corporate food giants.

According to Ardanowski, this marks the beginning of changes in agriculture which will have severe consequences not only for farmers but also for nutrition standards. He told Catholic daily “Nasz Dziennik” that the European Commission has plenty of regulations authorizing the next wave of insect-based products for human consumption.

The former agriculture minister of the United Right government said that those changes are part of “the next phase of limiting agriculture” and “only a person of bad faith does not see the attack on agriculture, conducted by the so-called environmental organizations.”

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Ardanowski also noted that according to media reports, “the activity of the so-called environmentalists was sponsored by Russia, which was spending tens of millions of euros on the operation.”

He continued by saying that Russia, as one of the world’s top food producers, could have been determined to not only make Europe dependent on its energy resources but also to destroy Europe’s food production market.

When asked if farmers would adjust production to the new standards, he answered curtly, saying, “No way.”

Ardanowski explained that croplands or farm buildings are unfit for insect farming. “They will not graze in the meadows or circle around the barnyard,” said Ardanowski.

“The change creates an opportunity for international corporations to make huge money. They can build and expand factories very quickly,” he warned.

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