Locusts Added to European Union’s Approved Food List


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

President Biden and China’s Xi Jinping are scheduled to hold a much-anticipated virtual summit Monday evening. The White House made the announcement but is setting low expectations for the video call between the leaders. President Biden is expected to stress the two nations need to set guardrails in areas of deepening tension. But White House officials said that no major announcements are expected to come from the meeting. It comes on the heels of a Chinese climate envoy saying the US and China have agreed to increase cooperation on climate issues during the COP 26 summit in Scotland.

It’s back to the negotiating table for John Deere and the union representing thousands of its workers. Deere and United Auto Workers representatives reportedly met Thursday in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. The two sides talked to end a strike that first began on October 14th. Earlier this month, UAW members at several Deere plants voted down a second contract offer from the company.

And locusts could soon be on the menu in the European Union. The insects have been added to the EU’s list of approved food. It’s the second time it has said an insect was safe for people to eat after approving dried yellow mealworm larvae of beetles over the summer. The EU says locusts are high in protein.

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