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The Next Big Food to Hop onto Japanese Menus?

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Assistant Professor Takahito Watanabe, a researcher at Tokushima University in Tokushima Prefecture, is looking to crickets as a food source to overcome potential shortages in the future. While insects have been used in regional cuisine in small pockets of the Japanese countryside, what will it take to have it hop on to menus across the nation?

While consumption has yet to really take root in many countries including Japan, cricket powder and other food items have also been slowly making their way into grocery and health food stores in the west. Will crickets be the next big food craze, and the answer to potential food shortages in the future?