UN Now Urges Eating Insects

Via AFP:

Beetles, caterpillars and wasps could supplement diets around the world as an environmentally friendly food source if only Western consumers could get over their “disgust”, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.

“The main message is really: ‘Eat insects'”, Eva Mueller, director of forest economics at the FAO, told a press conference in Rome.

“Insects are abundant and they are a valuable source of protein and minerals,” she said.

“Two billion people — a third of the world’s population — are already eating insects because they are delicious and nutritious,” she said.

Also speaking at the press conference was Gabon Forestry Minister Gabriel Tchango who said: “Insect consumption is part of our daily life.”

He said some insects — like beetle larvae and grilled termites — were considered delicacies.

“Insects contribute about 10 percent of animal protein consumed by the population,” he said.

The report said insect farming was “one of the many ways to address food and feed insecurity”.

“Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint…

Rest here.

More like bottom feeding.

 

5 thoughts on “UN Now Urges Eating Insects

    • Yes, the onions! Like sweet sweet Vidalias. But don’t forget the mustard. Condiment of the gods. And the horseradish…Hmmm.

  1. Right father Robert. I am a bit of a ‘carnivore” myself. My guess is that certain food crops have now been so genetically modified in the seed stage that they have been deprived of any real nutritional value. Coupled also with the fact that pesticides are used on them after planting, I wonder if the foods we eat are all just poisonous. In Asia they sold locusts, crickets, and cockroaches as delicasies on the streets. I’d need to have something very strong with which to wash them down were I to eat insects. (I have not had any strong drink for a long time now, with God’s help.) Whilst i do not dispute the nutitional vaue of eating insects , Like you , I’ll pass!

  2. there are so many processed foods on the market with attractive marketing labels, that we may well find ourselves partaking of these hidden little squiggles and not even realize it; maybe even learn to savor these ‘foreign delicacies’ – while discovering some peculiar healing essence within.

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