Guess what? A large part of the world eats bugs, and so should you. At least that's what the United Nations says in a recent report. The gist of the report states that given the world's population will reach nine billion by 2050, we "need to find new ways" to feed ourselves. So why bugs?
Well, according to the report, bugs are a seemingly endless source of food, and high in protein. They also grow quickly, reproduce quickly, and have a low environmental footprint — especially compared to, say, dairy or meat production.
As Time magazine pointed out, a separate U.N. report states that calories obtained from insects can even exceed those from soybeans, corn and beef. For example, 100 grams of crickets will give you 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of carbohydrates, and 75.8 milligrams of calcium. Additionally, the U.N report justly notes that insects are way underutilized as a potential food source for livestock.
Read the Report → Edible insects Future prospects for food and feed security | Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations
It's all compelling stuff, but I know, I know. At this point I still can't get over the 'ick' factor either, but who knows where we'll all be in forty years?
What do you think? Have you ever eaten bugs?
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