31 - Xylella, spittlebug serenade, titanium dioxide

Agrifood Brief

May 7 2021 • 29 mins

This week, the EURACTIV agrifood podcast is buzzing about insects, starting with an interview with Maria Saponari, from Italy's Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, about the latest research on the olive tree disease Xylella, including an exclusive clip of the mating call of the disease-carrying spittlebug. We also speak with Christophe Derrien, secretary general of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed, to hear if the idea of edible insects has wings, and we discuss the news that a common food additive, Titanium Dioxide, has been ruled unsafe by the EU's food safety authority.