Would you eat insects to save the world?

Would you eat insects to save the world?


Depending on who you ask,
insects are either gross or fascinating As it turns out,
they’re also incredibly nutritious surprisingly delicious and there’s a chance they could help to
alleviate world hunger and climate change Already about 2 billion people
regularly consume insects as part of their diet Beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and
crickets and grasshoppers are by far the most popular They’re all packed full of
protein, mono saturated fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Grasshoppers have as much
protein as ground beef, for example and per gram locusts contain as much
protein as lobsters, shrimp, squid and mackerel However, there’s an abundance
of insects all over the world and we could use them to feed
millions of starving people as well as ourselves. As insects are also
evolutionarily quite distant from humans they are also thought to be far less
likely to spread diseases that will affect us unlike conventional livestock Normally cattle require a lot of
food and water to maintain them and a majority of their body masses
aren’t actually edible However insects take far
less resources to grow and we can eat almost every part of them Traditional livestock also accounts for
18% of our greenhouse gas emissions If the world farmed more insects for food our carbon footprint would shrink dramatically So, chomping on a cricket and help fight against climate change too You probably think that the
texture and taste of bugs is unappetizing Weirdly, a loss of our food already
contains bug fragments Up to 1% of regular chocolate can contain tiny bug bits and there can be up to 50 aphids
per 100 grams of spinach Who knows? Maybe a sauteed spider or
barbecued beetle is tastier than you think

1 thought on “Would you eat insects to save the world?”

  1. They don't have to be our future diet.. Unless we become responsible on managing population and resources, then we might not have a viable option other than insects. So there's that.

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