In an effort to promote meat alternatives, a project called Smaakmissie Avontuurlijke eiwitten (Flavor Mission Adventure Proteins) in the Netherlands has involved feeding school children mealworms, starting from the age of ten.
The country has recently witnessed social unrest due to the imposition of EU-level green agenda rules on its farming community. Planned restrictions on nitrogen emissions are expected to force approximately 30 percent of livestock farms in the country out of business.
Alongside cracking down on farmers, the Dutch government is now encouraging children to consider the consumption of meat alternatives, including insects.
As part of this initiative, elementary school children are being served mealworms during lessons. According to RTV Oost, the Dutch state-owned regional broadcaster, the young students have shown an uninhibited response to the idea of eating bugs.
Footage from the project indicates that many children reacted positively to the mealworms, describing them as "yummy" after tasting them.
The project, led by Wageningen University & Research in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, also includes a virtual reality "field trip" to a lentil burger factory to educate children about the food production chain.
While this Dutch food project for children may be controversial, it appears to be a more positive approach compared to other measures aimed at advancing the EU's green agenda in the country.
While children are learning about alternative protein sources, the pro-EU government has been in conflict with farmers, imposing significant restrictions on nitrogen emissions in certain regions.
Farmers are being pressured to reduce their emissions by up to 95 percent in some areas, resulting in the closure of up to 30 percent of livestock farms in the country.
To achieve these goals, government officials have expressed a desire to forcibly seize around 600 farms considered to emit the highest levels of nitrogen. This approach has been justified as an "unavoidable transition" toward reforms in line with the Great Reset ideology.
Dutch farmers have promised to protest these measures, although previous demonstrations have been met with substantial police force. There have been reports of law enforcement officers firing upon protestors, with one boy narrowly escaping harm.
Despite hundreds of arrests, farming organizations in the Netherlands show no signs of backing down from their opposition to the government's actions.