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    Default Will humans be forced to eat insects in the future?

    What if the world's food resources run out, due to overpopulation and climate change?

    I have heard some say that people will be forced to eat insects as a staple diet.

    Personally, that disgusts me. I hope it doesn't happen.

    What do you think?

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    Insects are "extremely efficient" in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilo of meat.
    Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said.
    Currently, most edible insects are gathered in forests and what insect farming does take place is often family-run and serves niche markets. But the U.N. says mechanization can ratchet up insect farming production. The fish bait industry, for example, has long farmed insects.
    Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security," the food agency said.
    "Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly," the agency said, adding they leave a "low environmental footprint." They provide high-quality protein and nutrients when compared with meat and fish and are "particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children," it said.
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    Apparently, insects can be very nutritious, and reproduce quickly which make them a desirable food source....

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    We'll get used to it. It'll get processed into foods that don't look bug-like anymore anyway.

    Not too long ago my university's restaurant served those bug-burgers, was a pretty big success, I believe. Couldn't try it though, I'm allergic to dust mites.

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    I can't imagine a scenario where all food resources other than insects would disappear. Maybe that's wishful thinking because I imagine I would starve, I can't get over the psychological barrier of fear & disgust towards them. I know though in desperate times, the mind is elastic and humans adapt but still...

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    No. Once America's hemp industry kicks in (which should occur within the next two decades), we'll never have to worry about protein again:







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    Seriously, people really over-blow our "food problem"... Frankly they should take a good luck at how much land we can honestly still green up and how effective we're actually becoming at greening deserts ( - , - : greening the Sahara or the Arabian Peninsula is no longer a dream) and there's the innovative idea of "high rise farms" or "several story farms" (there's much more ambitious iterations than the ones in Singapore). Now, animals might become a problem/ "farming" them but we'll figure that out too. Also, the "food issue" is often connected to the idea that the world will have too many people to sustain.

    That's just a misconception... Frankly, once the world's population hits what Hans calls "peak child": it'll gradually decrease in size. In fact Europe & Japan for example are slated to decrease in population size over the next century and quite a bit over time after that given their current birth rates (1 child per woman), this is actually a serious-ish problem to the Japanese: [-]

    Too bad I likely won't live long enough to see our species whining about "underpopulation" someday

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    People are gradually in many places doing something about greening up some of the world's land too.. An aunt of mine is working real hard to green-up Northeastern Somalia for example and is succeeding. I've seen some "before and after" images and the work they've done in some areas is staggering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larali View Post
    I have heard some say that people will be forced to eat insects as a staple diet.

    Personally, that disgusts me. I hope it doesn't happen.

    What do you think?
    We know how they'll be served in the South. Battered and deep fried with a side of cole slaw and hushpuppies .

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    I grew up in a farming community and we ate every part of a butchered animal, so insects are not a big deal. You eat plenty of insects you don't even know about.

    Hey insects are good enough for birds. I personally would certainly choose many other foods if available , but if I was starving eating insects would be near my last resort just before starvation or cannibalism. I'm not sure which I would choose if cannibalism or starvation if those two were only choices.
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    lots of cultures eat bugs


    oh and thanks for the close up of the bug

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    We eat them already, fancy a strawberry yoghurt? Enjoy:



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    Carminic acid (C22H20O13) is a red glucosidal hydroxyanthrapurin that occurs naturally in some scale insects, such as the cochineal, Armenian cochineal, and Polish cochineal. The insects produce the acid as a deterrent to predators. Carminic acid is the colouring agent in carmine. Synonyms are C.I. 75470 and C.I. Natural Red 4.
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    The historical importance of the Polish cochineal is still reflected in most modern Slavic languages where the words for the color red and for the month of June both derive from the Proto-Slavic *čьrvь (probably pronounced [t͡ʃĭrwĭ]), meaning "a worm" or "larva".[9] (See examples in the table below.) In the Czech language, as well as old Bulgarian, this is true for both June and July, the two months when harvest of the insect's larvae was possible. In modern Polish, czerwiec is a word for June, as well as for the Polish cochineal (czerwiec polski) and its host plant, the perennial knawel (czerwiec trwały).
    These insects are basically in most red foods you can buy nowadays, always look for E120
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