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Would You Eat Bugs (Entomophagy) To Save The Planet?
 
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# 1 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:22
 
 
Eating insect is common in some countries and rare or taboo in others.

The main argument in favor of it is that when we are 9 billion humans in 2050, there will not be enough food on earth. Not if we keep eating mammal meat.

1 kg of beef is produced using up 10kg of vegetal food.
1 kg of insect can grow out of 1 or 2 kg of vegetation. It means that there is a huge potential to increase the yield of quality animal proteins we consume.
Some leaf eating insects like caterpillars, or locusts, are qualitatively better sources of food than beef.

This idea is supported by the UN food agency, the FAO.
http://www.fao.org/world/regional/rap/tigerpaper/Paper/TP35_1_FN. etc ...
http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000791/index.html
http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2004/51409/index.html
http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/articles/eating-insects

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# 2 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:26
 
 
I wouldn't have a major problem with it, definitely take some getting used to but I think I'd be able to live with it.
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# 3 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:29
 
 
I wonder why most humans stopped eating insects and grubs at some stage?
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# 4 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:30
 
 
Sure, food is food.
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# 5 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:34
 
 
It would take getting used to but I don't think it would be a major upheaval!

Everything tastes good with ketchup.

I'm sure all of us, unknowingly, have eaten a bug or two (or a bug a boo)!

And I can't see it affecting 1st world countries too much.
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# 6 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 12:44
 
 
I had some type of fried grasshoppers that were seasoned with chili powder or something. They tasted fine, but had to get over the mental revulsion to it. I think that could be overcome in time (or extreme hunger).
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# 7 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 13:13
 
 
What I find surprising is this thread is the lack of disgust and resigned acceptance at the idea of eating gross earwigs and slimy slugs which contrasts greatly with the revulsion manifested in the Breast Milk and Haddock thread.
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# 8 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 13:46
 
 
Meat is meat and livestock is great as long as India and China don't eat them, but they are and in increasing numbers. So a lot of us will be priced out of the meat market, so its either insects lab meat or soylent green.

Would I eat insects, yes, but I would rather not.
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# 9 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 13:50
 
 
They'd make great snacks!

I'd still be wanting a big Sunday roast at me Mammmys though!!

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# 10 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 13:55
 
 
It's a stupid question but yes.


if only people ate less meat there would be more than enough food for everyone.


Currently most of the world's cereal is fed to cattle, most of which is just shat out.

For every 100 kg of vegetable protein they're fed we get like 10 kg, if you're lucky. All so the west can gorge themselves to death on animal flesh.


Stupid, stupid humans.
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# 11 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 13:59
 
 
Someone said :
It's a stupid question but yes.


if only people ate less meat there would be more than enough food for everyone.


Currently most of the world's cereal is fed to cattle, most of which is just shat out.

For every 100 kg of vegetable protein they're fed we get like 10 kg, if you're lucky. All so the west can gorge themselves to death on animal flesh.


Stupid, stupid humans.

Yep
Do we really need to eat meat 4 times a day which on average I probably do.
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# 12 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 15:21
 
 
No I would just become vegetarian. I can't even look at insects for long, nevermind eat them!
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# 13 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 15:25
 
 
Someone said :
No I would just become vegetarian. I can't even look at insects for long, nevermind eat them!

i agree... i'd more easily eat vegetarian than insects... i'm weird about meat - cant eat it if it has bones attached or looks like the animal in anyway - filleting grasshoppers would be way too labour intensive...

veggie stir fry sounds great about now...
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# 14 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 15:26
 
 
There's no ned to be fully vegetarian. I was a vegan and vegetarian for over 15 years but that was by choice. truth is we just need to get back to pre industrial revolution meat consumption. Even in the fifties when my parents were growing up they would only have meat a couple of times a week.


Our meat eating is more like an addiction than actual need. And most degenerative diseases in the West can be traced back to meat addiction, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease...


We think eating meat every day is so "normal" when the truth is most of the world eats very little meat and they're doing jsut fine.
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# 15 : Saturday 12-6-2010 @ 15:30
 
 
We probably eat meat 5 times a week, but always small portions. I can't imagine gorging on meat i'd feel sick for days. However I can't imagine i'd be one for eating insects to replace meat, it would just be psychologically easier to become a vegetarian.
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