Have you ever eaten insects for dinner? Eighty percent of the world eats bugs on a daily basis. You probably have probably too, without even realizing it. Insects are nutritious, there are many environmental benefits to eating bugs and insects are a possible solution to reducing world hunger.
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Food regulations allow insect fragments in a lot of food we consume, such as peanut butter and spinach. Once you get over the fact that you are eating a bug, insects can be quite tasty. Most insects taste like nuts. This is most likely because they have lots of protein natural fats. I was inspired to try eating insects after watching an ASAP Science video called, Should we all be eating insects. I bought some Mexican spice flavoured dried mealworms to try with my school’s Green Team. We were surprised to discover that they tasted like spicy Cheetos.
There are many environmental benefits to eating bugs. It takes 22000 Litres of water to produce 1 Kilogram of beef and it only takes 1 litre of water to produce 1 kilogram of insects. Similarly, cattle emit 2850 grams of carbon dioxide while insects only produce 2 grams of CO2.
Entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, could also help solve world hunger. Since it takes less resources to produce insects than it takes to produce meat, if we all ate bugs it would lower the cost of food by up to 33%. Eating insects in Canada is currently quite expensive because not many people buy bugs. However, if insects became more mainstream the cost of insects in Canada would definitely drop.
If you want to find out what insects taste like for yourself, visit Entomo Farms. You can order anything from mealworms to cricket flour. Be adventurous, try a new food.
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