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Bugs In Food System as Climate Change Solution

May 18, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Experts on “CBS Saturday Morning” highlighted the potential of insect-based diets as a sustainable solution amidst climate change, reports Fox News. Insects offer a nutritious protein source while minimizing the environmental impact caused by conventional farming practices. By incorporating insects into our diets, we can diversify our food sources and reduce reliance soybean derived products, meat, and other on high-carbon foods. Some believe that embracing insect farming can contribute to a sustainable future for our planet and its inhabitants.

“We all know how important insects are for the environment, but climate researchers say bugs could be a game changer in the fight to protect the planet in ways you may not have imagined,” host Dana Jacobson said.

Reporter Tina Kraus explained, “Adding some insects to the mix is customary in the kitchen in some parts of the world. Now climate experts think the protein-packed pests could offer a real solution to the global food crisis. Scientists in Germany are not pushing to get the critters your plate, they see another benefit.”

One scientist interviewed said their intention is not to force bugs onto menus but be used as an alternative for animal feed. 

“To have a more sustainable production of proteins, we need this and I see insects as a perfect tool,” the scientist argued. “And you can make so many things out of insects, and to make the world better.”

Kraus explained that this development is a reaction to the “large-scale growth of soybeans” that has been “blamed for extensive deforestation” while farming bugs require less food and water to sustain.

“It’s estimated up to 1.2 trillion insects are raised on farms each year as companies race to find a high-protein, low-carbon solution to feed animals and the world’s population,” Kraus stated. 

Climate change activists, along with global leaders and celebrities, are urging people to include bugs in their daily diets as a sustainable solution for the planet. Recent research from Michigan State University suggests that bugs are likely to survive and flourish in warmer climates, contrary to previous predictions.

Nevertheless, the movement to promote bug consumption faces strong resistance in the United States. In March, a video surfaced showing a Utah school teacher insisting to her students that eating bugs is crucial for environmental preservation.

“We don’t want to eat bugs and it’s gross. But should we be eating bugs? Yeah, because we’re killing the world by raising cows and animals. So we need to, not get rid of cows, but like, try to balance our diet so that not so much of our land is being used to raise cows, cause it’s killing the Ozone layer,” the teacher said. “All the evidence has suggested, that we probably should be eating bugs – it’s good for the environment, etc. But I didn’t know that that was an offensive topic to indicate.”

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