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Fight Climate Change by Eating Insects

December 14th, 2015

Fight Climate Change by Eating Insects

Climate change is a real serious issue in our world today. The proof is in the ever-climbing temperatures being recorded around the world, something most of you probably noticed during this last extremely hot summer. So, what can we do to stop or reverse it? Some researchers are claiming that humans eating insects is the answer to everything.

Compared to cattle insects are far more efficient at taking the little they eat and turning it into nutrients and the protein we are looking to replace. They use much less physical energy digesting their food, which means more gets translated into nutrients rather than used up during the process. Cattle, on the other hand, eat low-nutrient grass, and emit tons of methane that is contributing to climate change.

Beef has a much larger carbon footprint than insects. A 2012 study found that cattle have six to 13 times the carbon footprint that mealworms have. Not only are insects more efficient at digesting their food, but more of their body is edible than with beef. Basically, any way you look at it, we’re getting way more bang for our buck by eating insects.

Have you been reading about people switching to eating insects in the news? Do you think it is a good idea?

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