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Search for meat replacements leads students to experiment with cooking worms

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A student prepares mealworm quiches at the Rijn IJssel school for Chefs in Wageningen January 12, 2011. To try and get wider support for their attempts to introduce insects on the menu of the top restaurants, scientists at the Wageningen University teamed up with the local cook academy. Quiche with mealworms, springrolls with roasted grasshoppers and chocolate pralines with buffalo worms do not make ideal menu for housewarming parties, but in a few decades could be on dinner tables in many European countries as scientists seek ways to replace expensive meat.

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Duygu Tatar overcomes her fear of insects by eating a mealworm quiche during a lecture break given by Professor Arnold van Huis at the University of Wageningen, January 12, 2011.