UN urges people to eat more insects
With world hunger an ongoing problem, the United Nations is suggesting that people should turn to new food sources to boost nutrition. And what does the UN recommend? For starters, eating more bugs. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization notes that over two billion people around the world already supplement their diet with insects--wasps, beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers are all viable options as food, according to the UN.
The new UN report points out that insects are nutritious, high in protein, fat and mineral content, including calcium and iron. The report’s authors argue that insects could be an important food supplement in undernourished children and could be more sustainable than traditional foods. They note that crickets, for example, require 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein. Insects also release fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than livestock, the UN reported.
Despite the nutritional, environmental and sustainability benefits, the UN acknowledges one major barrier to insect consumption: consumer disgust. The report suggests that the food industry could help in "raising the status of insects" by including them in new recipes and adding them to restaurant menus.