Let’s Save the Planet by Eating Bugs – Opinion

Next time you feel the need for some food, why not save the earth?

It’s possible to do this by eating insects from your backyard.

And you’ve got the endorsement of government if you live across the pond.

The European Union approved three types of new tasty morsels earlier in the month. They are grasshoppers (yellow mealworms) and house crickets (house crickets).

So if late at night, you’re looking for a snack, maybe check the corners of your basement.

You can’t beat a meal that chirps so you can find it.

But in case you’re wondering why government bureaucrats spent time telling people to chew on bugs, there’s a Grand Reason at play.

As it turns out, every night when you floss out the antennae and tail pipes, you’ll savor the taste of Earthwide salvation.

From Bloomberg’s December 17th Technology & Ideas Section:

Globally, animal farms consume more than a third of the world’s total grain production. In the U.S. the share is closer to half. Insect-based animal feeds could be this industry’s best shot at building climate resilience, while also helping to manage a food waste crisis.

It was so simple to save the world, who knew?

Let some bugs crawl into your yard by lying in bed in the dark of the night. You might even catch some spiders while you’re ushering in planetary deliverance.

According to Bloomberg, it’ll be “astounding”:

Insect proteins have amazing environmental benefits for both human and non-human consumption. Black soldier fly larvae, in particular, hold promise: Known in the industry by the acronym BSFL, these infant bugs serve as high-quality chicken and fish feed and require 1,000 times less land per unit of protein produced compared to soy production, between 50 and 100 times less water, and zero agrochemical inputs.

If you are concerned about the food you eat, itself:

SFL have a notable advantage in that they are fed with our food waste, which we rampantly produce, especially in the U.S. Every pound of larvae can munch through 10 pounds of methane-emitting food scraps, playing a significant role in keeping the organic waste out of landfills and reclaiming those nutrients so they can reenter the food chain.

It’s the circle of existence.

As for life over the last year, 2021’s been an interesting time for bug stories.

These are the cases:

Beehold: The Return of the Murder Hornet

Their Name is ‘Brood’: America Prepares for a Plague of ‘Trillions’ of Locusts

Pest Control for the Problematic: World’s Largest Insect Organization Cancels a Name That Bugs Them

Just in Time for Mother’s Day: The World Gets Its First Nonbinary-Named Insect

We are all saved by bugs:

Scientists Whip up a New Way of Fighting COVID-19 — With the Help of Insects

And if you’ve got a business mind, perhaps you can start mating mealworms.

As reported by The Associated Press, “EU officials said breeding [insects] for food could have environmental benefits.”

However, a warning!

The Commission stated that allergic reactions to dust mites and crustaceans may develop in people who have pre-existing allergy.

It’s a whole new world. The old system is gone.

Today, people are divided by their race.

If that’s the progress 2021’s bestowed, imagine what 2022 has in store.

Bloomberg: God Bless Us and Our Maggots

The European Union’s landmark decision…was a victory for grubs and maggots — and people — the world over. This approval gives dignity to lowly and protein-rich microbeasts we mistakenly consider pests. It also signals that there is a lot of potential for growth in the insect protein industry. This approval opens up a path for a different protein source, which should be a crucial part of feeding an increasingly populous and hotter world.

We wish you a happy new year. Enjoy your horse flies, cabbage and black-eyed beans.



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