Are Insects The Solution To Food Shortages
Have you ever tried eating an insect? There are 6 million species of insects on the planet. 80% of all animal species on earth walk on six legs. The earth is indeed a planet of insects not man, and there is a significant movement advocating for the consumption of insects as a solution to the food crisis. You can read all about the food crisis here.
How Hungry Do You Have To Be To Eat A Bug
It turns out you don’t have to be very hungry to eat a bug. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, every one of us is eating 500 grams (That’s more than a pound) per year in the foods we purchase day to day. You find it in all the processed food you eat. Peanut butter allows 30 insect parts per 100/grams, wheat flour 75 insect parts per 50 grams and even chocolate 60 insect components per 100 grams.
nsects remove dung, pollinate crops, control pests and are food for animals. Humans could not exist on earth without insects. Today, more than 1000 species of insects are being eaten around the world. Man can’t live without insects and insects would do just fine without man.
Does Eating Insects Save Water
Meat consumption hit an all-time high this year in the U.S. – 222 pounds per person per year. It takes about 22 pounds of feed to produce a pound of beef. The ratio of feed to produce a pound of insects is much better. The same 22 pounds of feed will yield around 19 pounds of insects. Also, there is much less manure waste, and insects are lower in calories too. So yes, you do save water when you eat insects for protein instead of meat and may be a healthier alternative.
This is about perception.
We are not use to it. Shrimp is a delicacy and locust are very similar in shape and size to shrimp. Locust are the shrimp of the land, but many of you would not think of eating a locust. Why do many people believe eating tuna is okay but repulsed at the thought of eating a dolphin? Why is it alright to eat a cow, but eating horsemeat is un-American.
For many, the real solution is going to be a plant-based diet. We see more scientific data every day on the health benefits of plant-based foods. We know they save water and there is little or no perception problems. A shift to eating a higher percentage of plant-based meals is a solution many will be able to live with and has many of the advantages of eating insects without the challenges.