May 13, 2013
The UN has been working on ways to end world hunger for decades, but
their newest idea does not involve economics, politics, or even food:
The organization is now advising people to eat more insects.
Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security,”
the agency said in a 200-page report released at a news conference at
the UN’s Rome headquarters. The report said that insects are “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat for humans. It added that insects are“particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children.”
University biologists agree, claiming that certain types of beetles,
ants, crickets, and grasshoppers offer nearly as much protein per gram
as lean red meat or broiled fish. Crickets need 12 times less feed than
cattle to produce the same amount of protein.
Insects can also be rich in copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. They are also a source of fiber.
The UN said that insects provide a while slew of benefits outside of
nutrition. The report claims that eating insects is also better for the
environment – according to the agency, most insects are likely to
produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other