Feeding the World with Insects

Abby Qin
May 13th 2015

As the human population rises, the world is running out of resources to feed the animals we raise for food. Should we make a next step in what we serve at the table? What about insects? Would you give them a try?

From BBC Future: "The practice of eating insects is age-old, with around two billion of us already deriving at least part of our diet from them. But in modern developed societies bugs are often shunned. As nations become richer, the traditional culinary rout has been to consume more fast food and choice restaurant cuts, ignoring the valuable nutrition in insect such as mealworms and locusts. 

But in an internet-connected age, knowledge about the science of insect protein production has spread. Andrew Brentano, co-founder of  Tiny Farms in California's Silicon Valley, believes there is growing attention around the issue of making edible bugs a significant food source of the future".

Right now there are dozens of restaurants in the States experimenting with insects on their menus: from culinary hubs like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, to more conservatively palates in Austin TX and Youngstown OH.

Two billion people are already eating insects as part of their diet. These little creatures can be farmed in a limited space, they have tiny carbon footprint, they need little water and they produce protein while eating a very small quantity of food. So if they could help solve the world food process and saving the environment, would you put our culture prejudice to one side and embrace the choice of eating insects?

Here is Ted talk by Marcel Dicke , it will probably help you decide if you should have a try.

Source: BBC

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