A movement is encouraging us to cultivate, harvest, cook and eat insects, partly as a way to save our planet.
have set up food carts in #SanFrancisco
, conferences in #Rome
to promote the idea that insects can help solve food and #protein
shortages and reduce the huge, #expensive
efforts to #grow
beef and pork.
Insects, they point out, are much easier to grow than large animals.
And there are plenty of them. Of the 1.1 million #species
of insects #scientists
have identified and named, 1,700 are #edible
They’re cold-blooded #creatures
, which makes them much more efficient in converting energy to protein — no wasted heat.
Bugs don’t use much water the way cows do. They have a hard #exoskeleton
and a shell with little holes used for breathing.
They can also shut those holes and seal up their bodies so they don’t lose water when it’s hot.
Insects are more #efficient
and don’t waste much water.
The big advantage of eating insects is that they are generally healthier than meat. A six-ounce serving of crickets has 60 percent less saturated fat and twice as much vitamin B-12 than the same amount of ground beef.
You don’t have to sell the #idea
to the people of #Madagascar
; they eat about 15 different species of insect.
And other countries — including #Thailand
— consume #vast
quantities of bugs.
Bugs also don’t spread #disease
to humans the way #cows
— think mad cow disease– or pigs can. #California
Academy of #Sciences #entomologist
Brian Fisher put it this way: “I do realize that insects do have a bad #rap
. Most people see insects are pests or as dangerous. But it’s just the opposite.”
“Insects are less dangerous and less of a problem for humans in terms of disease.”
“We do have concerns about disease jumping from animals like pigs and cows to humans. But there are no worries about a disease jumping from an insect to humans.”
“The more #evolutionary
distant we are from our #food #source
, the less danger there is.”
“There is almost zero chance that any disease that affects an insect could actually impact a #human
after it’s cooked.”
article via: @pbs