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Asian investors begin to bet on bugs as the future of food

Ventures back silkworms and crickets in the race to meet region's dietary needs

Silkworms hard at work. Chinese startup Bugsolutely is making snacks from the nutritious bugs.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- An emerging group of Asian venture capitalists are exploring whether insects and lab-grown meat can help meet Asia's growing appetite for food.

For Shanghai-based accelerator Bits x Bites, the search for sustainable food has extended to silkworms. Last year, the company invested in Bugsolutely, a local startup that is developing insect-based snacks.

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