How far can environazism go? How useful is the United Nations?
Look no further than the following report for an answer to both questions.
For those of you who live in the Northeastern United States, great news: The 17-year cicadas are about to pop out of the ground by the billions.
Go buy a couple of high capacity freezers and get ready to spend the next few weeks gathering those delectable and highly nutritious critters. You’ll have protein to spare for a long time. And, as you are catching those delectable little varmints, keep reminding yourself that this source of protein is preferable to any other because it has a tiny carbon footprint.
For those of you unlucky ones who live outside the navel of the universe: come on up and grab yourself some free meals, or eat your heart out.
Castro Kingdom, awake! Here is the solution to your ongoing nutritional challenge!
Ay, mami, frituritas de cucaracha, por favor, con fricase de grillos. Y no se te olvide el flan con tarantulas.
From the BBC, where the Monty Python guys still seem to call the shots:
UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report.
The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution.
It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.
However it admits that “consumer disgust” remains a large barrier in many Western countries.
Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently “underutilised” as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security”.
“Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint,” according to the report.
The authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content.
They are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children”.
Insects are also “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report.
Most insects are are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock.
The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report.
Continue reading HERE, if you can stomach it. (Includes a chart detailing the nutritional value of various insects)