United Nations: Eat More Bugs!

Eat More Bugs

The United Nations is urging everyone (including you) to eat more bugs to combat world hunger.

Over two billion people already include insects in their daily diet (this doesn’t include spiders that crawl into your mouth while you’re sleeping), but the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization wants more people to get on board and eat more bugs.

According to their new report, eating bugs could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. The report suggest that grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world are an underutilized food that more people should take advantage of.

The most commonly consumed bugs are beetles, caterpillars (a delicacy in South Africa!) and bees, wasps and ants (14 percent). Less popular are termites, dragonflies, flies.

The pros of the “Eat More Bugs” campaign:

  • Nutrition: Insects contain “good fats”, can be rich in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc, and are a source of fiber. Yum!
  • Environment: Most insects produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry. Double yum!
  • Economic: The insect farming industry could hit it big if demand grows. Job creators!

And the cons?

Mainly consumer disgust.

If the United Nations really wants to set a good example, they should switch to a bug catering service. After enjoying a warm caterpillar salad with a side of termites they might be a bit more reluctant to encourage eating bugs. Or maybe they’ll love it – if people can stomach baconnaise, can bugs really be that far behind?

Via: BBC News

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