'The Economist' Advocates Eating Insects Instead of Meat Because of Global Warming
The Economist (September 25th, 2014)
The Economist wants to replace meat with insects due to global warming and an increase in population.
"You see a lot of bug-eating primarily in places where people are very very poor and obtaining pork and chicken is a serious financial burden."
"The Economist is handing out 'insect' ice cream in London today, and throughout the coming two weeks, in order to attract new readers...The magazine is seeking to illustrate that consuming less meat and eating more bugs could boost food supply and therefore feed the world sustainably...The Economist has a history of urging people to turn their backs on beef and lamb in favour of weevils and beetles. In September 2014, it carried an article headlined Why eating insects makes sense in which it explored the notion of feeding the world’s ever-growing population with arthropods."
"A red and white food truck giving away waffles at the edge of Bryant Park on Wednesday attracted a steady stream of foot traffic. Even in the weekday bustle of Midtown Manhattan, people tend to stop for free food — so what if that food is topped with bugs? Most customers remained undeterred by the choice of dry-roasted crickets or dry-roasted mealworms sprinkled over a drizzle of Nutella, chocolate fudge, whipped cream or the gingerbread spread Speculoos...So what was up with the bugs? The stunt was The Economist’s latest promotional campaign. Staff outside the truck, which was branded with the publication’s logo and an offer advertising 12 issues for $12, were armed with iPads to take credit card information...A promotional flyer handed out with the waffles included an article from the title on why eating insects makes sense as a sustainable way to feed a growing global population."
"Researchers from Ohio State University have described insects as 'micro-livestock', while the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) earlier this year held a special conference on their benefits...Entomophagy's proponents acknowledge that Westerners will take some persuading to ingest insects"
"do crickets really have the potential to be the new beef? Not yet, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. When researchers raised crickets on several different diets and tried to see how much protein they could squeeze out of them, they got some disappointing results: just not a whole lot of protein. In the experiment, researchers raised crickets on one of five different diets. They replicated each diet three times and harvested the crickets after two weeks. One group ate corn-, soy- and grain-based feed, while others survived on food waste or crop residue. The researchers measured how big the crickets grew and how much edible protein they produced. Diet made a huge difference, the study authors found. Those that ate a diet of processed food waste had feed and protein conversion rates no more efficient than that of chickens. Nearly all those fed straight food waste died before they could be harvested. And the most successful crickets were those that ate a grain-based diet similar to what most poultry eat. They had a 35% protein conversion rate, which is only slightly better than chickens...Swapping chickens for crickets–while feeding them the same thing—is unlikely to make a real difference."
"At some point The Economist needs to stop trying to make us eat bugs. We're not going to eat bugs, give it up." - @Birdyword (January 23rd, 2020):
Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2013):
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