The U.N. Is Asking You to Eat Bugs, but Is the Practice Healthy?
In an attempt to fight world hunger, the United Nations is urging everyone to eat bugs. Here is what you need to know.
Have you always wanted to make a global difference? Are you the kind of selfless person who'd join the peace corps and sign up for humanitarian projects in college where you travel to developing countries for a semester to help out their people and the environment? Well, the U.N. has found a new way for you to fight world hunger – stop buying meat and start eating bugs!
The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization found that if everyone ate more bugs and less mammal-based meat, global nutrition levels would rise and global pollution levels would fall. They say that breeding and “farming” insects leaves less of a carbon footprint than breeding cattle, which emit tons of greenhouse gases as a whole. In fact, one cow creates between about 150 to 265 pounds of methane in a year. But, the average cumulative amount of insects equal in weight to a cow release about 20 pounds of greenhouse gases.
But is eating insects healthy? The U.N. reported that although crickets need a twelfth of the feed that cattle require, they contain the same amount of protein of equivalent weight. They also say insects are high in minerals.
The U.N. stresses that over 2 million people worldwide are already naturally eating insects. In South America, special large ants are a delicacy in luxurious restaurants. In South Africa, special caterpillars are expensive and considered fancy food.
The U.N. says the largest reason why people aren't already snacking on bugs is because of the impression that it's gross (can you believe that?) They urge restaurants to switch their protein ingredients with insect ingredients to cut on costs, save the environment, and raise awareness about edible insects. For example, some establishments serve insects on their pizza that look like green peppers.
You can wade into the bug-eating lifestyle by trying products that are less disgusting. Cricket powder, for example, is a yellow-green neat powder that looks like oriental seasoning or crushed spices. You wouldn't know you're eating crickets because it no longer looks like crickets and tastes like protein.
Help end world hunger by switching out your daily mammal-based proteins with edible insects! They contain just as much protein as cattle. They're also cheaper. Start slow by trying edible insect products rather than whole insects.