Would you eat insects as a source of protein?
Bugs as a sustainable source of protein.
Yes, you’ve read it right, bugs as a sustainable source of protein. What for many people in western countries is a disgusting idea in other parts of the world it is a delicious and nutritious meal, insects!
Nowadays we seem to face a problem when it comes to feeding a growing population. The planet has limited resources, the production of cattle is affecting our environment; it is very water-consuming and forests are being cut down in order to make space for farms and grow grains to feed cows and pigs. But, when it comes to insects, studies show that they are extremely sustainable; cricket production, for example, is 20 times more efficient as a protein source than cattle, and it produces 80 times less methane. Plus, they feed on organic waste which means that less grain is needed.
From a nutritional point of view, insects are considered one of the healthiest sources of protein and minerals. The numbers are the following: for a 100 grams of beef you get 29 grams of protein and 21 grams of fat, instead for 100 grams of grasshopper you eat you obtain 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat.
It’s because of its nutritional benefits that the edible insect market is growing fast in countries like the USA, the food industry is coming up with ways of making it easier and more appetizing for people to eat insects, like protein bars or flour.
So what do you think, are bugs a yay or a nay?