The Bugs are Back: Another Eating Insects Study

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A new study suggests that people could be eased into an eco-friendly insect protein diet by slipping insect protein into pre-packaged foods.

Edible insects could play key role in cutting harmful emissions

May 4, 2017

Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change by reducing harmful emissions linked to livestock production, research suggests.

Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers say.

While consumers’ reluctance to eat insects may limit their consumption, even a small increase would bring benefits, the team says. This could potentially be achieved by using insects as ingredients in some pre-packaged foods.

Using data collected primarily by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, scientists have compared the environmental impacts of conventional meat production with those of alternative sources of food. It is the first study to do so.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College considered a scenario in which half of the current mix of animal products is replaced by insects, lab-grown meat or imitation meat.

They found that insects and imitation meat—such as soybean-based foods like tofu—are the most sustainable as they require the least land and energy to produce. Beef is by far the least sustainable, the team says.

Read more: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-edible-insects-key-role-emissions.html

The Abstract of the study;

Could consumption of insects, cultured meat or imitation meat reduce global agricultural land use?

Peter Alexandera, Calum Browna, Almut Arnethc, Clare Diasa, John Finnigand, Dominic Moranb, e, Mark D.A. Rounsevella

Animal products, i.e. meat, milk and eggs, provide an important component in global diets, but livestock dominate agricultural land use by area and are a major source of greenhouse gases. Cultural and personal associations with animal product consumption create barriers to moderating consumption, and hence reduced environmental impacts. Here we review alternatives to conventional animal products, including cultured meat, imitation meat and insects (i.e. entomophagy), and explore the potential change in global agricultural land requirements associated with each alternative. Stylised transformative consumption scenarios where half of current conventional animal products are substituted to provide at least equal protein and calories are considered. The analysis also considers and compares the agricultural land area given shifts between conventional animal product consumption. The results suggest that imitation meat and insects have the highest land use efficiency, but the land use requirements are only slightly greater for eggs and poultry meat. The efficiency of insects and their ability to convert agricultural by-products and food waste into food, suggests further research into insect production is warranted. Cultured meat does not appear to offer substantial benefits over poultry meat or eggs, with similar conversion efficiency, but higher direct energy requirements. Comparison with the land use savings from reduced consumer waste, including over-consumption, suggests greater benefits could be achieved from alternative dietary transformations considered. We conclude that although a diet with lower rates of animal product consumption is likely to create the greatest reduction in agricultural land, a mix of smaller changes in consumer behaviour, such as replacing beef with chicken, reducing food waste and potentially introducing insects more commonly into diets, would also achieve land savings and a more sustainable food system.

Read more: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211912417300056

From Table 2 of the full study;

… Consumer acceptability barriers in some regions. A lower level of uptake in combination, perhaps as an ingredient, e.g. in pre-packaged foods, seems more likely. …

Read more: Same link as above

Packaged food is already substantially contaminated with insect waste, the FDA allows shocking levels of insect contamination in everyday foods. So it could be argued that they are simply allowing the insects to have a bit more of a munch on the goods before they reach the consumer.

Nevertheless I don’t think intentionally eating insects is going to catch on, even amongst greens. Greens seem to be mostly hypocrites, WUWT frequently showcases the amount of petroleum based synthetic fabric on show at your average anti fossil fuel eco-protest.

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173 thoughts on “The Bugs are Back: Another Eating Insects Study

    • Hence, the best way to combat GHG-induced warming is to reduce the termite population. Chimps can’t be wrong to fish for termites.

      Of course if the Green Meanies really want to reduce CO2 emissions, their best bet is to reduce the number of humans emitting 40,000 ppm of the noxious substance with every breath.

      • Anyone with an ounce of critical thought and perspective on Ehrlich-Holdren knows that depopulation to ~100 million humans globally is their “idealized” objective end. An end state of which CO2 emission reduction via curtailed fossil fuel use is just one of several means of control and mass starvation.

      • Joel,

        No one knows better than I their agenda. Holdren and Ehrlich were my TA and prof at Stanford, aka Prophets of Doom as their hipper students called them.

      • Chimp, I thought you’re a regular Chimp but it turns out you are an old academic Chimp! :)

        What a position to say an opinion on Holdren or Ehrlich! What reminds me of a thing: is the CAGW meme a hippie one? And is it gonna disappear once the generation educated by them is retired? Or is this something in-built in humans – a few people are always doom-sayers, the doom just varies. Be it gods, ice age, warming, war, toxins, overpopulation…

      • Hugs,

        I was immunized against the “blame humanity first” meme, but I don’t know if kids these days have those critical thinking barriers to indoctrination.

        Recall that between the Population Bomb and CACA memes, Ehrlich was also a main perp of the Nuclear Winter meme. Putting CACA in contest, it’s clear that’s it’s just the latest in a long line of the Marxist religion calling down biblical destruction on the cities of the plain.

        Only the sin varies. For Sodom and Gomorrah, we now have CO2 and “sustainability”.

      • I dont mind reducing to 100 million peole provided its the greens and the left who get ‘reduced’

      • Chimp,

        has anyone calculated what the human population increase has been over the last 100 years is, and what that means in terms of CO2 tonnage added to the atmosphere from our breath?

      • I dont mind reducing to 100 million peole provided its the greens and the left who get ‘reduced’

        Reducing to 100 million means 99% of the world population is gone.

      • Couple problems with this: (1) People only are willing to eat insects if the alternative is imminent death by starvation; (2) There is no shortage of beef and other traditionally consumed meats; (3) There is no “emissions problem” of CO2 and methane except in a theory that has been just about debunked now; (4) Unfermented soy products not only block the absorption of other nutrients, but are full of phytoestrogens which might have a TON to do with the sudden proliferation of low sperm counts, male gender confusion and biologically unviable “sexual expressions.”

        Who pays for idiotic “studies” like this, or are they produced for entertainment value?

      • Go9ldrider,
        We pay for them – us taxpayers.
        We might as well seek the humour in the good watermelons’ attempts to get us to starve to death, because the wind power wasn’t working, and it was cloudy, so the fridge went off, and all the food spoiled [short version, of course].
        And isn’t Laughter the Best Medicine? Or has even the RD swallowed the Kool-Aid?

        Auto – looking for laughs, besides the benighted Jeremy Corbyn.

      • HotScot May 5, 2017 at 1:47 am

        Not that I know of, nor the net effect on CO2 of cutting down forests to plant food crops.

      • The Chimps fish for termites as a part of their weight reduction exercise program.

        All that hard work for some meat and some half digested wood !

        g

    • Doubt they would listen to this fact any more they listen to facts about the pause, models running hot, fewer tornadoes and hurricanes, etc..
      Imagine the gall and phony self righteousness of these people who would lie and deceive people by sneaking insect insect parts into innocent consumers’ food.
      Imagine how they would scream if those skeptical of ACGW were to sneak pork into all organic vegetable food? Of course skeptics would never suggest such things or try to do them.
      The point I am trying to make is the radical leftist warmunists feel the ends always justify the means while the skeptics do not. Skeptics value the truth and scientific methods and seek the truth on climate change issues or they would not be skeptical.

    • Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers say.

      Someone needs to ask those morons ….. just where do they plan on “farming” those billions of tons of crickets and mealworms, ….. and where do they plan on getting the food to feed them ……. and how many people will be required for collecting and processing each and every ton of “insect” protein?

      • You don’t understand! Progressives live in a world where the flowers grow 10 feet tall, unicorns fart butterflies and rainbows and bills never come due. It’s just wishes and emotions, like dealing with a 3-year old child. Utterly impossible to have a rational conversation with people in the grip of a utopian fantasy.
        I often wonder if this was fueled by 60’s-era acid trips.

      • There’s a cottage industry that produces freeze-dried crickets and mealworms for use as small reptile and fish food. Emphasis on small. Could take a sampling of the yearly budgets of individual operations and extrapolate.

      • The other question not asked and certainly not addressed is:
        Assuming “consensus” theory correct, what would be the resulting temperature reduction if everyone on earth ate bugs instead of meat?

      • I always fear someone has yet to learn how to use a calculator correctly, when I hear statements like that.

        Just looking at what incredible amounts little insects do eat if they have a chance… and that by the billions. Ask the Africans what is left after those travelling grass hoppers have passed? So much for land-savings.

        And I wonder how big my bag of crunchy dry bland crickets would have to be to meet similar nutrient amounts as a steak. How do I cook them? Wait no cooking -we have to save energy. Eat them? Really, I think I could as well eat wood shavings. Can you eat enough crickets to fulfill your daily nutrient needs? And what nutrients DOES it contain? I suppose it will be lacking in many regards.

        And how high is digestibility of the few and small amounts of nutrients of a cricket for us humans? Anyone figured that out yet?

        Too many questions. I stick to real meat for now.

    • Right, I want to see the studies that describe the CO2 emissions and nutrient usage of the insects equivalent to a beef cow. Having those millions of little units making protein might very likely not be as efficient as one big unit. It would be humorous to find that there is economy of scale.

      • And do they emit CO2? And does the consumption of same cause increased CO2 emissions in humans? Or for that matter,methane?

    • I’m sure we used to eat insects, and they tasted like s***. But we also ate figs, and they were very tasty, so even then, we preferred figs over insects.

      Trouble was, our monkey companions up in those trees also ate figs, and being smaller than us, they were able to get way out there where the best figs were, so they got better figs than we did.

      But then we applied our subhuman ingenuity; an early Treetop Valley, invention.

      So we let those little monkeys get all the good figs, then we grabbed them and smashed their brains in and ate them instead of figs.

      Early findings were that it was better to eat monkeys than figs.

      Later on we discovered that zebras and gnus taste better than monkeys, especially when roasted on a grassy Weber wildfire.

      Eventually we grew our own Chateaubriand on the Hoof, and stopped eating gnumeat, and zebra striped steaks.

      So between you and me, I much prefer the Steak and mushrooms, over the cicadas, and hissing cockroaches.

      Thanks for the offer, but I like modern machine made foods over that dug out of a termite mound.

      g

  1. For just a moment there, I thought I was reading an old article from Vegan Times or something.
    Well, I don’t take it kindly when I find a roach in a can of tomatoes, and I certainly have no interest in eating bird food, i.e., mealworms and crickets. If I wanted to eat bugs, I could transmogrify into a grackle or a robin, but I don’t want to eat bugs. Butterflies don’t taste very good and bees make me sneeze. And besides that, eating bugs deprives birds, spiders and chickens (also birds) of food. I think that takes a lot of nerve, to starve those poor darlings!
    No, I think that the people who propose these things should be the first in line at the feeding trough – er, cafeteria door, where they can munch up all the cockroaches old apartment buildings have to offer.
    I’ll just stick with my juicy cheeseburger and fries, thank you!

    • Oh it’s just that you are not educated as a child. People have taboos which are taught to them in childhood. I can eat some insects, as I eat crabs and other seafood that looks taboo creatures when not cooked. I eat horse and reindeer, if somebody makes them. Whale no problem. Dog I think I haven’t. Haggis is good. If you think you can’t eat them, it’s OK but it would be nice you didn’t reproduce the idea of taboo to children of your own or others, as it is much easier to visit friends when there is not a freaking long list of issues with food.

      The animal taboo is one of the worst, as it limits a lot what is offerable. But being just pork-deficient or hypofished is inconvenient as well.

      I suspect many of these eat insect protein people are veggies themselves, with a taboo to eating insects

      • “it is much easier to visit friends when there is not a freaking long list of issues with food. ” O k a y ….
        if you say so ….. remember , a million flies can’t be wrong…eat sh1t !
        I’m pretty sure you are ok with that taboo…. 8.))

      • Jewish and Muslim taboos on eating pork were sensible health regulations in their time. Wild pigs are scavengers and carry many nasty diseases and parasites. It’s only in the last 300 years or so that pork has become relatively safe to eat.

      • I started trying something new once a month about 15 years ago. No preconceived notions were involved, just give something a chance. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to use it again. Found out I don’t like caviar because of its texture, but I do like trout if it’s prepared properly, and I really don’t care for fish. As others indicate clearly, there are bugs in our processed foods, which means that you really can’t miss it.

        One bug that no one, especially birds, seems to like is the box elder bug. Even birds won’t eat it. As an experiment, I could catch a bunch, let them die and dry, pound them into flour and make a batch of biscuits with it and send that off to the pompous asses who want us to eat bugs. After all, fair is fair, isn’t it? They should be eating bugs first.

        I don’t understand this desperate need they have to to throw off the balance of things on this planet.

    • I don’t get the obsession with insects. I really don’t. We can get far more protein far more easily just by switching to beans. If they’re properly prepared, the gas issues will be minimal.

      • Yeah, I don’t either, but these are the same kind of people who go into panic attacks when domesticated bees, the European variety honeybee, is pronounced in decline, when they fail to recognize that there are literally dozens – nay, hundreds – of other pollinating species of bees such as the very beautiful green halictid bee, that aren’t domesticated.
        The ignorance from the science end of the room is astonishing.

      • Somehow flowering plants managed to get pollinated on this continent for millions of years prior to the importation of European bees.

      • Leftists love and live for posturing, preaching and ‘bet-ya-never-thought-of-that,huh’ moments because they are profoundly incompetent morons (but they mimic competence well sometimes). And they’re getting worse…

    • How much of the can could one termite possible have eaten ?

      Just take it out, and ask the chap at the next table if he would like to have it.

      g

  2. Cricket will be the new turkey. Cricket pepperoni anyone?

    Living well is the best revenge. I had a medium-rare ribeye steak for dinner. Steak & eggs with the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow.

    • There must be somewhere you can get a cricket, mealworm and kale pizza with extra cheese and a gluten free crust. Probably want jalapeños as well …

      • And a good stout pint of whiskey to chase the taste off your tongue as quickly as possible.

      • Well I’m sure that your bacon, would not taste any better than a pig’s bacon; so I would worry about anyone coming after your bacon.

        g

      • We English like cricket.
        A game that can last for five days, and still not reach a result.
        [There was a Timeless Test in the 1930s, when the game was abandoned as a draw, because one side’s Ocean Liner was leaving that evening, after eleven days of play . . . .]

        Crickets, the bugs, not liked so much, I fear, although doubtless available somewhere in London.

        Auto

      • Well that’s how they learned to jump.
        You just try dropping onto red hot coals, and see how high YOU jump.

        g

    • I can’t stand the noise of crackling roasted cricket.

      Cricket is much better to play, than to eat !

      g

      • I still think we need a crash National program to develop foods made out of ordinary rocks.

        After all isn’t that how Mother Nature makes food; it just pops right out of the dirt, and rearranges its molecules into Lobster or clams.

        g

  3. Bet they didn’t include the grazing factor. Grass grows faster and thicker when it is grazed. So when meat eats grass, grass absorbs more CO2.

    • Never thought of that. I wonder how is that taken into account when meat production emissions are calculated by our green fiends.

      • All in all, the critical factor is land use. To feed the world’s population, we need to carefully think how to increase productivity. CO2 is one factor improving productivity. I have no problem accepting that some insect proteins are more efficient in terms of land use than say, bovine grazing.

        What we desperately need now is government funding, meat tax, insect subsidy, UN regulation and insect education in all schools. And more research.

      • Barryjo May 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

        No I won’t but I will gladly let the livestock have my share.

        ‘Graze’ can also indicate that a rancher puts her critters in a place where they can eat grass.

        Farmers can now graze their cattle on the mountain.

        link

    • they never do!! its always using CAFO torture pens and grain feeding and using soy n corn GMO usually to add insult the corn is the dregs of the biofuels process waste.
      naturally grassfed cattle are happy the manure is deposited direct where it should be and the dungbeetles n worms process it really quickly so little to no methane, unlike the stinking ponds from pig n cattle confined areas.

      • They do in the US. It’s just that there isn’t enough such scrub land to grow all the cattle needed.
        Dregs? Your biases are causing your brain to fart again. That’s high protein feed with just the carbohydrates removed.

    • Izzat why my front lawn is growing like a house on fire ?? I refuse to give it any water; but my wife’s gardener mows it every Friday, and I can just watch it grow. Crazy !

      g

  4. Australia has depleted carbon soils which wold be better nourished by better management while still achieving better cropping and beef yields.
    One farmer keen to understand more about his soil carbon is Greg Olm who fattens yearling cattle at Yambella Park, a 320 acre former soldier settlement block in the Brigalow district of central Queensland.

    Mr Olm said a lack of productivity in one of his paddocks prompted him to test his soil carbon levels.

    ”I hadn’t used fertiliser and did not really want to — I wanted to see if I could build up the production naturally,” Mr Olm said.

    He initiated a ley pasture program which involved planting Purple Pigeon grass Setaria incrassatea, Bambatsi grass Panicum coloratum and snail medic Medicago scutellate.

    “The cattle did extremely well. Up until then they were averaging about 0.5 kilograms per day in dry conditions,” said Mr Olm. “But after using the (grass and) medics as a ley pasture, the cattle put on just over one kilogram per day.”

    Mr Olm said when the pasture began to show signs of stress after 10 years, he ploughed it out and re-planted the paddock to wheat which was harvested in October 2011.

    “We were yielding about 18 bags to the acre and while the crop wasn’t making Prime Hard it was achieving 12.6 per cent protein,” Mr Olm said.

    “Most of the crops in this district were getting between 9 and 10 per cent protein, so to get 12.6 per cent was a very pleasing result.”

    http://www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/climatechange/climate/communication/factsheets-case-studies-and-dvds/case_studies/Soil_Carbon_North.pdf
    This is an older article and still has the narrative that warmer weather as part of climate change will cause drought in QLD.
    Large parts of Qld are presently in drought, other parts were inundated.
    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/

    Maybe some cultures will be prepared to eat insects, however Australians have a win win attitude to grow beef and beef up the carbon in our soil at the same time.

  5. the environmental impacts of conventional meat production with those of alternative sources of food. It is the first study to do so.

    Nonsense! People have been doing the “Beef Vs. Bugs” study since forever. Also, it is bogus.
    Any optimal strategy to feed people will involve herbivores. These animals convert stuff people cannot eat into stuff people can eat.
    Also, grasslands need to be grazed to be healthy. When grasses mature and die, the resultant dry cellulose is quite resistant to bacterial degradation. The best way to get the degradation process started is to pass the plant material through the digestive system of a ruminant. Then the nutrients and organic matter get returned to the soil.

    Rural folks have always known the secret to a great garden.
    It Cometh From A Cow

    • Besides, most herbivores are quite tasty, especially when cured and/or barbecued. If man still ate bugs and twigs, we would never have gotten smart enough to know there are tastier alternatives.

  6. Let’s create large Praying Mantis and have them eat Greenies.
    I tried a cricket but it fell through the grill and burned up.
    Just found out smoked turkey goes well with white wine.
    Or red wine. Or Rose. So does grilled steak, grilled chicken, or grilled sausage.
    And grilled Asparagus.

    • “Let’s create large Praying Mantis and have them eat Greenies.”
      Consider it done.

      • I’m just waiting for the show redos
        Greenie Acres
        My Favorite Greenie
        Greenagain’s Island
        I Dream of Greenie

        Some Greenie producer is probably out there right now thinking that exact thing

  7. Meal worms? Uhmmm, no thanks! I suffer from ‘insectile dysfunction’!
    I’ll just have the meatloaf, with mashed potatoes and gravy……

    • Could make a tasty protein drink mix though
      Bot Fly Banana
      Roach Raspberry
      Cricket Coffee
      Locust Lemon

  8. This is a revival of the anti-beef canard that producing beef somehow reduces the available food supply. Millions of acres of Australia produce mainly rough grasses which are no use whatever until some bos taurus or bos indicus obligingly converts some of the grass to tasty valuable animal protein. In so doing, the herbivore improves the environment and upgrades the paddock.

  9. Cattle degrade the natural environment around creek beds in Outback Australia, I’m afraid. Cloven-hoofed animals (cattle, sheep, goats) also pack the soil down in such areas which leads to the creation of hardpans.

    • Cattle hooves disturb the soil, which enables new growth from dormant seeds and opportunistic pioneer plants, distributed and fertilized by the grazing animals. Roots of new- growth plants make channels into the soil and enhance the soils carbon content with each die- back, to the benefit of all life on the local level.
      Grazing cattle may indeed speed up the process of soil erosion on steep banks, but could be viewed as having the same sort of involvement within the web of life as any herd grazing animal, with far less obvious modification of the local environment than say, elephants.

    • Any successful ecosystem includes herbivores, but due to local rainfall and retained moisture, as well as the limitations of local inorganic soil composition, for some ecosystems, any grazing is “overgrazing”. On the other hand, the richest soils in the world are found in the great prairie ecosystems, which would not have evolved into their rich bio- diverse state, without grazing herds. It all becomes rather circular…

    • yeah they do make a mess…but then they poop and add TO the poorsoils nutrient and some rains etc and those areas tend to do rather well later
      remember the greens gotta rip ALL the willows out of the riverbanks cos theyre not native stunt?
      so they did
      and then??
      the river banks eroded the shade n leaves that fell and were incorporated and made rich soils all went with those willows,
      another highminded sounds good idea
      proven to be the opposite of doing good.
      we’re still ripping pines out all over cos theyre not native..so windbreaks and soil slippage holders and shade shelter for native critters also got vanished!
      more ultra green pureminded must plant ONLY native crap ideas!
      most of our native stuff is basically the woody weeds that managed to survive the iceages n droughts
      given their options the native animals n birds are quite happy to move to introduced plants n trees.

  10. The original Greens are the Club of Rome “Limits to Growth” types, trying to pull up the drawbridge, so no one else becomes prosperous. I reckon they are status anxious, wealth isn’t zero sum, but status is.

    Then there are the Watermelons, Marxist retreads after power.

    Next are the opportunists, following the money.

    The biggest group are the virtue-signalers, for whom the Green theology serves the worst functions of religion; it gives them a rational for feeling self-righteous, and virtuous.

    • Some scrawny twit in the butcher shop yesterday came in to pick up some things for her boyfriend. If she said “I’M A VEGETARIAN!” once she said it 15 times. I was -this- close to saying “Who the eff CARES??” Just imagine for a minute if there were no virtue-signalling and no junk epidemiology and people just ate what they LIKED?

  11. Trendy and virtuous meal of insects would be perfect for the trendy tiny- house holder.

    And you think you’re so clever and classless and free…” – John Lennon

      • A primal termite tapped on wood,
        And tasted it and found it good.
        And that is why your Auntie May
        Fell through the parlour floor today.

  12. No problem, we already eat a mix of bacteria with artificial processed milk and chemical stabilizers. (yoghurt with strawberry aroma) Why not mix some cockroaches to it. :))

  13. Quote: Eating insects instead of beef could help tackle climate change …

    Sounds good to me. Let me know when Al Gore, Barmy Bananarama and the authors of the article convert. I’ll be in the queue behind them. Way behind them.

    • And the Christian rules are….

      Leviticus 11 : 20

      But you may eat certain insects that have wings and walk on four feet. You may eat those that have legs with joints above their feet so they can jump. 22 These are the insects you may eat: all kinds of locusts, winged locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers. 23 But all other insects that have wings and walk on four feet you are to hate. 24 Those insects will make you unclean, and anyone who touches the dead body of one of these insects will become unclean until evening. 25 Anyone who picks up one of these dead insects must wash his clothes and be unclean until evening.

  14. You know, this perfectly illustrates the problem with the modern world of the media – it’s been taken over by activists of one kind or another.

    Either we have to change our eating habits, our cars and holidays, our education, our hobbies – what ever it is, someone with a bee in his bonnet is trying to force us to change…

  15. (1) I’ll believe it’s a problem when Leonardo DiCaprio starts eating lots of bugs.

    (2) I took an edible seaweed class. What I learned was that the fact that something is edible is not sufficient reason to eat it.

    (3) Eating habits are extremely hard to change. I used to use the following example when training Peace Corps Volunteers.

    Did you know you can get much more usable protein from a milk cow than by just milking it? In Africa, some tribes open a vein in the cow’s neck and fit it with a removable plug. Each time they milk the cow, they remove the plug, collect some blood and mix it with the milk. The result contains much more nourishment than the milk alone, particularly for children. Since there is no refrigeration it is drunk right away. Doing this allows a cow to provide much more protein over a given time period.

    Now, despite the obvious nutritional and overall productivity advantages … how many Americans do you think would like a nice warm drink of a mix of unpasteurized milk and blood?

    Like I said … eating habits are hard to change.

    w.

    • My father grew up in a South Oxfordshire village and one of his aunts ran the village abattoir . He and his friends would often go to the aunt to be given a “milkshake” consisting of fresh milk mixed with warm pigs blood . Very delicious he would say , as my brother and I retched at the thought. And of course full of fat and protein at a time when real meat was expensive for working class families .

    • In Sweden blood-based food has always been common. For example we have “blodpudding” (yes, it means the same in Swedish). You cut in into thin slices, fry it lightly and serve with lingonberry jam. Very nutritious, lots of iron and quite nice taste. Foreigners think so too, and will eat it quite happily as long as you don’t tell them what it is made from.

      • The last part is vital. It’s like the horse meat in metwurst. Good but people could spoil it by sillmatning on the food if they are suddenly told.

        I’m considering patenting a method of creating halal food from insects. That must be double-good plus.

  16. Here’s something to chew on. Beef and other grazing animals eat renewable CO2 absorbing grasses and other field plants. These grow fully back to where they were after the animal has been eaten. We use this idea when we grow corn for making fuel which makes greens happy or when we cut down hardwood forests to burn in power plants They are all carbon neutral. Indeed, it should be a virtue to grow beef for burning in thermal electricity plants – probably pigs would be better.

    And refute this: how would you feel about chickens, ducks, geese eating the insects and we eating the chickens. I’m good to do my part for saving planet this way. Using fowl as a proxy for eating my quota of insects is perfectly sustainable.

    Finally, grasshoppers eat grain and grass seeds and other seeds. Other insects eat leaves, wood, shrubs, succulent plants. To feed the world, they would have to be farmed in an organized way. Try to imagine any other way.

    Scientists can be immensely stupid when they get out of their laboratories and put their naive minds to engineering problem solving or try their hand at commercial or industrial arts (astronomer Desch at U of AZ who wants to pump salt water to freeze on top of freshwater ice in the Arctic and estimates, $50,000 each would build a bouy to hold a windmill for the million units pumping it – try a couple of million bucks per)

    A major article should he done to pole ax the illogical notions and embarrassing stupidity of scientists wandering away from their work stations. A TED talk would be a good start. We have to do something about the cost of this kind of chaff for feeding the designer brained minions clogging our streets and our lives.

    • Yep. There’s a reason annual Sea Ice grows from the bottom down, the salt leeches out of it for it to freeze. Bottom down, this salt remixes with the ocean water. Top up and it collects on the surface making the Polar Bear habitat briny during the summer thaw and destroys their freshwater melt water pond drinking sources. Then it would promote greater melting in the summer due to the salt-ice-temperature effect

    • That’s it. While farming has increased for petrol use to save the planet, how can farming ruin the environment more if the same stuff goes through a cow instead?

      OTH there are business opportunities here. Imagine a brand new product series, isolated from anthropogenic carbon pollution. In a tiny jar, like cosmetics, same price too.

  17. In the movie Snowpiercer, they tried to stop global warming, and ended up freezing the earth. Humanity ends up on a large train, with the elites at the front dining in luxury while the rest are in the back eating bugs.

  18. There was a young fellow from Crew
    Who spotted a bug in his stew.
    Said the waiter, “Don’t shout
    Or wave it about,
    Or the rest will be wanting one too.”

  19. Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers say.

    Yes, but will the same researchers eat factory crickets and GMO mealworms? lol.

    Besides, if we want, we can already efficiently make proteins from bacteria/yeast in a tank, fed with nitrogen made efficiently using the Haber process with hydrocarbons as an energy source. If I was forced to change my diet, I would do it in that direction, not as these pillocks would like me to do.

    Go long on Marmite, not maggots.

  20. Insects are not kosher food, except some types of locust.

    https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Leviticus-11-22/

    20All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
    21Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
    22Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
    23But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.

    • I’m sure I’d check Leviticus to know whether I eat well. But yeah, a PC argument because tolerance.

    • Insects have six legs, so the last bit clearly does not apply to them. And beetles are about 40% of all insects, so any competent theologian should be able to turn that piece into an insect-eating commandment.

      • The four leg thing is really strange. One would reckon the Creator should know which animal is endowed with how many legs.

        Those “fowls that creep, going upon all four” sound much like bats instead of insects.

      • I long puzzled over that passage.

        It appears that the Hebrew word “oph”, here translated as “fowl”, at least originally, meant any flying creature, but later came nearer to the restricted meaning of the term in English, ie a particular group of birds.

        Even a casual observer, without eating them, would note that insects have six legs, and indeed orthopterans use all six of them when walking, ie “creeping”, including the big back ones employed for hopping. So I conclude that “going on all fours” here isn’t meant literally, but to connote “creeping”.

  21. lol this is so funny … you have been eating bugs for yrs .. all processed food contains up to 5-10% bugs or what not ..
    when I worked for a lrg supplier of liquorice we would have an outbreak of flour weevils flour bins crawling with them .. so they just stopped delivery’s of flour and used what they had till it was gone a week or more :)
    and yes they are allowed by law ..

  22. food industry newsletters i follow are pushing cricket flour to add to snacks, as well as todays latest uck why? gem
    which is?
    algae oils
    yup
    to replace butter etc
    theyre looking for an extra market to reuse the waste they generate inc washwaters,
    so plant material gets processed for the supplement industry(think the orange/citrus peels beet pulps for colourings etc grape seed n skins tomato skin waste etc etc)
    then those dregs are now targeted for extra sales to insect feed.
    the poor animals that used to get the peels n rinds pretty fresh , now no longer see it, it comes back as the utter dry drained dry dregs baked into pellets with some added chemicals to make it claimable as some slight form of nutrition and a HUGE cost increase as well.
    grow the grass n root crops etc and feed the animals direct!

  23. If there is life there is CO2 consumption (plants and algae) and CO2 production (animals and microbes). If it is not farm land or crop land it will still be plant covered, support animal life and participate in the CO2 cycle. The only way to satisfy the “CO2 is bad fetish” is to scorch the planet. There is no logic in this idiocy, just superstitious magical thinking and antihumanism.

  24. I guess they want us all to return to being apes !! (except for the liberal elite, of course) !

    • The elites see us as apes already. The NYT occasionally sends an adventurous reporter into Flyover Country to report incredulously on zoological wonders like farmers, hillbillies and coal miners.

  25. and after eating all those insects we’ll have to find a way to replicate the functions they provide to the environment.
    so….plastic bugs with microcontrollers buiilt using oil….

  26. It’s only a matter of time before some kook goes full Soylent Green and says we have to eat dead people to save the planet. Where’s the over/under? 3 years?

  27. My analog: Reasearch suggest that even a moderate increase of Beano(tm) could substantially reduce human methane emissions in countries where the predominate protein is legumes. The cost benefit analysis shows that even moderately modifying methane emission there far out weighs trying to reform the existing economic structure of meat production. Prior research on including Beano(tm) on the product was ineffective due to the breakdown that occurs during boiling. Consumers, in the study group in Columbia, a simple spray at the end of cooking might be most effective. Unfortunately carbon footprint studies indicate that a real question as to net methane reductions would have to take into account the plastic spray bottle lasting over 100,000. applications requiring the need of educational development as well. A target study was purposes that would including a district in Columbia, last 10 years, and only cost $27 million. WHI and the WB were very excited but felt US governmental funding was important.

  28. When I was in elem. school in the ’70s a kid ate a grasshopper on the playground during recess. Then he started crying. They sent a note home to his parents about his abnormal behavior. He was forever stigmatized as the kid who eats bugs.

    In the ’70s it was abnormal, anti-social behavior to eat bugs, now we have Phds encouraging people to eat bugs.

    It’s amazing how fast cultural norms change.

    • During Plebe summer at the Naval Academy in 1965 the upper class made us eat roasted grasshoppers as part of our hazing.

    • He should’ve pulled the back legs off first. Those are hard and spiny and could really abrade your throat and esophagus on the way down. That’s probably why he started crying; it hurt like hell.

    • In grade 8 a kid ate a witchetty grub he found when we were all out digging something and the rest of us just thought it was cool. It looked white and tasty, something like seafood. Mind our boarding school diet left something to be desired.

  29. The subject of population reduction came up in this thread. It is actually quite surprising to me how often , in a discussion of all kinds of things (not just climate related), I can turn the subject round to a considered bit of thinking about cost/benefit analysis. Then, as a “curved ball”, I produce my back of an envelope calculation which shows a 1,2, or 3 magnitudes benefit to the solution of free condoms, free birth control pills and free abortion on demand as the clear winner in the argument.

    Try it out ! The reactions can be “interesting”.

    So, on a simple consideration of economics we get, for many problems, the simple truth that it wouldn’t be a problem if we weren’t here in such an “unacceptable density”. It’s the leftist “guilt” thing we have identified relating to CAGW but it’s provable via my method.

    Why? (I am hoping your answer includes horse sh1t).

  30. Beef is a good source of other nutrients: Iron, B vitamins and magnesium. Are bugs?

  31. That is it!
    I am going home and grilling up a fat juicy steak!
    On second thought…make that two steaks!

  32. This is how it begins, in the odd news section. Then years later an over reach administration makes it mandatory eating or be fined or taxed on the other foods to force the desired outcome. Think ethanol.

    • For a horrid thought, it is a very good thing that entomophagy did not become a popular theme a few years ago, or Michelle Obama would have pushed it in her school lunch program.

  33. The future is even farther down the food chain. We should skip eating insects and go directly to eating single celled protein. There is a fake meat product out there now called Quorn. Their slogan should rip-off the Seiko Quartz ad and be “Someday all food will be made this way”.

    • I tried a piece of that once. I suspect that if that’s the future of food, a lot of people will turn to cannibalism to avoid it.

      Someday someone will actually get close to synthetic meat – mind you they’ve been trying on dairy for decades without much success.

  34. What opponents to meat eating seem to forget in those types of studies comparing land use and production issues is that most meat is produced on land not suitable for much, if anything, else.
    Of all land currently used for some form of food production there is only approx. 30% that is suitable to be worked over with machinery. In general that is land with an incline of less then 8 degrees. Other relatively flat land is just not fertile enough to sustain cropping of any kind, this is where you get the ratio of 1 animal to 10 acres and more. In Spain they use that kind of land to build cities of hothouses which now provide food for northern Europe. Just to show that waste land can be used for productive alternatives.
    Of the land that is suitable to be worked with machinery and fertile enough the laws of economics play the major part (in some regions historical use but that is a different story). The farmer will grow, dairy-grain-fruit-vegetables-whatever is the most lucrative on that land in that location.
    Not a lot of beef is raised on land that can be more economically used for a crop.
    Land suitable for cropping is more expensive making it unsuitable for beef anyway.
    If you ever look at land for sale and it says “suitable for goats” in the ad, it means that the land is very steep or dry that nothing else can be done there. Too steep or dry for beef even.
    The major exceptions being traditionally grown rice in Asia and grapes in parts of Europe. Steep hillsides, a lot of manual labour.
    Insect farms will be build on land that is as flat as possible to minimise building costs. In other words more then likely it will be on land currently used for anything other then meat production.
    They will be close to cities which in itself will mean that any application to build one will be mired in court battles for the next 1000 years as nimby ism sets in. Although it might be a good use for some of the old, crumbling, empty factory buildings in the US’s New England area.
    Nothing wrong with eating insects though and some of them and/or their larvae taste really good. But no need to pay for these sorts of studies. If it would be commercially interesting Unilever and Kraft would be right onto it.

  35. “suggests further research into insect production is warranted”
    The day I see a study that says “further research is not warranted,” is the day I believe the science is settled.

  36. “Animals, including insects, are important or even sole sources of numerous necessary nutrients, such as the eight essential amino acids, vitamin B12, riboflavin, the biologically active form of vitamin A, and several minerals. (See table below.) Insects are particularly high in protein, with levels comparable to beef and milk. House crickets, for example, contain approximately 21 grams of protein per 100 grams of cricket, while ground beef contains about 26 grams per 100 grams of meat and powdered whole milk contains about 26 grams of protein per 100 grams. Insects are also particularly rich in fat, and can thus supply a high caloric contribution to the human diet, particularly in famine-stricken areas of the world.”

    Yummy.

    I actually had three scorpions on a stick last time I visit Beijing. Perhaps it is the tourist thing to do. They were boiled and spiced and it was like eating rice crispies, lol. So just like animals, I don’t mind eating insects so long as they aren’t moving :-)

    • What is the comparative volume of 100 grams of crickets and 100 grams of beef?

  37. “Animal products, i.e. meat, milk and eggs, provide an important component in global diets”

    Not people’s diets, or human diets, in globalist borgspeak indoctrination lingo, but global diets . .. Sorta like deplorables diets I take it, without the hint of potential eye contact . .

  38. Insect protein would definitely assist with hunger in the 3rd world like Africa and India etc and would be a quick and easy way to provide easily farmed processed insects. As has been noted here by other commenters, our foods like cereal grains here in the 1st world already can legally have a fairly high percentage (5%) imbedded in processed foods without any acknowledgment of such. It is actually a healthy food, and will not harm anyone.

    I see there is a move afoot to eat raw insects, some even alive. Now, I will have to be starving before I do that, but eating processed dried insects in some type of packaged meal is not that far fetched. After all, some people like eating raw fish with worms in it, and they call it Sushi. Or raw fish eggs from Sturgeon, and they call that Caviar. It is only perspective and conditioning that make us feel yucky about dried insect protein. Probably a huge business going forward when Earth’s population keeps growing.

  39. Sorry, not into de evolution, you want to eat garbage? Go right ahead. Cannot imagine throwing a juicy worm on the grill during a bbq. Let the fern fondelers and climate change morons have their fill.

  40. To reduce agricultural and use, all they have to do is cancel all of the evil and ill-intentioned BIOFUEL programs. Pressure to use more land is caused by the use of land for a failed idea, which decreases the food supply and adds pressure to use more land.

  41. Greens so hate humanity that they won’t be happy until we’re all eating nothing by pond scum instead of plant crops and protozoans instead of insects. And even then they’ll say that there are too many of us.

  42. Seems like I’m ahead of the game as I took delivery of 10kg of dried mealworms yesterday but I have no plans to eat them myself they are for the Blackbirds, Starlings, Robins and Sparrows that are the main visitors to my garden.

    James Bull

    • If you eat any form of cereal, bread, biscuits, etc, you will be eating quite a bit of insect protein. When grain is milled, the insects are not removed and so become part of the product. Bon Appetite!

  43. Ever wonder why Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace and any other Marxist Watermelon Environmental organization never produce any “green products” that actually prove the theories they are supporting will actually do any good? The reason is simple, the economics simply aren’t there. Watermelon groups spend most of their money lobbying the government to spend tax dollars to fund their projects.

    https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/watermelon-environmentalist-economics-more-waste-inefficiency-and-incompetence-than-conservation/

  44. freasysite
    This from The American Bug ebookhttp://links.survivallife.com/a/216/click/3371255/338576459/_78fe7622056d13367ed59fce6c6af6a79aefc8c7/3fa709651c87a1c965787100dc2ce80fd740d22e

  45. That didn’t come out right
    Insect meat is very much like a shrimp or crab but with more omega-3 fatty oily stuff. The chemical composition of related species may vary as it often depends on the plant they eat, so the nutritional value is location specific. However, some generalizations can be made. The protein content is comparable to conventional meat. The fiber content (chitin from the exoskeleton) is higher than in conventional meat and similar to that of cereal grains. All food insects are a significant source of short-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, a good source of iron, calcium and vitamin B complex. In general as a food group, insects are nutritious, rich in protein and fat, providing ample quantities of minerals and vitamins. The amino-acid composition is in most cases better than that of grains and legumes.
    The American Bug Eater’s Handbook 4
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