Eat ‘false bananas’ and bugs by 2050 or face major food shortages, experts warn

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, food prices have skyrocketed with many Britons feeling the pinch on their weekly budget from everyday grocery items.

The Bank of England has even warned of 'apocalyptic' food shortages and supply issues which are set to worsen this year.

With all this in mind, scientists are looking to futuristic foods to ensure we're all happy and fed.

According to experts, we could be eating not only lab-grown meat, but surviving on a diet of insects and even 'false bananas' in the next three decades.

While these new treats might not sound very appetising, they could be our only option as climate change causes crop failures worldwide.

One superfood of the future could be the 'false banana'.

Also known as an enset, this Ethiopian crop could feed more than 100 million people worldwide.

It's used to make porridge and bread fod around 20 million people in Ethiopia, but it could boost food security across the African continent.

Scientist Dr James Borrell told the BBC: "It's got some really unusual traits that make it absolutely unique as a crop.

"You can plant it at any time, you harvest it at any time and it's perennial. That's why they call it the tree against hunger."

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Some companies are also working on insect protein snacks to wean us off of polluting meat.

Four Welsh primary schools will feed pupils insect protein to see if they get a taste for creepy-crawlies.

The project will give bugs to kids aged 5-11 from Spring next year. According to researchers, the bug protein called 'VeXo' will look like 'conventional' mince.

There's also lab-grown meat to look forward to. US company Good Meat has announced it will build the world's largest vats for cultivated meat, i.e. meat that has been grown in a vat rather than butchered from a dead animal.

The company said it will produce more than 13,000 tonnes of chicken and beef every year without the need to kill any animals.

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