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World Economic Forum: We Might Start Eating Insects for the Greater Good of Earth....

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Finding a bug in your food can be a moment of horror that kills the mood and your appetite in one fell swoop. But that might be about to change, according to Meticulous Research, who’ve crunched the numbers on why we’ll soon be voluntarily crunching insects.

The market research company predicts the global market for edible insects could grow to $1.18 billion by 2023. That’s almost triple its current level.
So, what’s behind this anticipated increase in appetite for creepy-crawlies?

There are a number of factors in play and the answer is wrapped up in an understanding of how insects compare with the production and farming of other food types.
Per kilo of live weight, bugs emit less harmful gas than more mainstream farm animals. A cow, for example, produces 2.8 kg of greenhouse gas per kilo of live body weight. Insects, on the other hand, produce just 2 grams.

They also consume fewer resources than traditional livestock. For each kilo it weighs, a cow needs 10 kg of feed. Bugs on the other hand need just 1.7 kg.
Water, which is becoming an increasingly scarce resource in some parts of the world – and which is used liberally in intensive farming – offers another interesting comparison. To produce a single gram of insect protein, you’d need 23 litres of water. That might sound like a lot. But to get that same gram of protein from cattle, you’d need 112 litres of water.

From the farmer’s point of view, raising insects is going to be radically different from raising sheep, pigs, or cattle. No more coping with mud, muck and filth. An end to shifting heavy sacks of feed. And forget about having to go outdoors in all weather to manhandle livestock.

The requirement for investment in equipment will be different too. This will be farming on a much smaller scale, reducing the need for large and expensive machinery.

It may not be too long before we can all buy a bag of edible insects at our local grocery store. Despite being eaten by 2 billion people globally, EU laws have prevented the sale of insects for human consumption.

However, the EU’s new Novel Food Regulation, which came into force in January, might mean insects will become a more common sight on European plates.

In 2017, Switzerland changed its food safety laws and became the first European country to allow the sale of insect-based food for humans. And the same year, the Coop unveiled a range of mealworm burgers and balls in some of its Swiss supermarkets.

In March, IKEA’s external innovation lab SPACE10 revealed it is “reimagining” popular dishes at the retailer’s in-store restaurants. In a blog post, the researchers explain that they are working on bug burgers and mealworm meatballs, but add that the new ingredients are being tested so customers won’t find them on IKEA menus.

As scarcity of resources and sustainability become increasingly important issues for food production and distribution, how long before you’re asking for insects in your food, rather than complaining if you find one?

 

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Fuck this shit. What these dickheads need to understand is there is no "we." It sucks that people are dying of hunger but it's not my problem. They can eat the bugs if they want.

This is some kind of communist "redistribution of dignity" where everyone has to share the indignity that some people are facing even if it increases the total level indignity and makes things intolerable for everyone. Communists get off on stuff like this.
 
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Once we have lab grown meat, why the fuck would you eat disgusting bugs?
First of all, STFU.

Second of all, STFU.

Third of all, lab grown meat is as bad as eating bugs.

These motherfuckers, such as yourself, are trying to take away dignified food from human being for the sake of "climate change".

I will stick my Big Black Dick inside the arse of any person who advocates for this.
 
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I would still like some real meat please. I've had bugs before. bees, ants, bamboo worms etc. depending on how you cook them, they're alright for the most part. but I still would rather have meat if given the choice.
 
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I would still like some real meat please. I've had bugs before. bees, ants, bamboo worms etc. depending on how you cook them, they're alright for the most part. but I still would rather have meat if given the choice.

I've eaten bugs, fried bees we would always order at this one restaurant. Good eats.

I hope you're kidding, because if you're not, then please stay away from me atleast 2 miles away in distance.
 

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I just love this place sometimes. All this tough guy talk, and alpha posturing, but then now and again you can be sure the truth will come out :messenger_tears_of_joy:

It's just bugs. I'll be grinded and processed till you have no idea what you're eating, just like other meats. Or you could have some dried up bugs for snacks. I haven't tried much, but I had grasshopper once. Pretty tasty, had a bit of zest to it.
 
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I just love this place sometimes. All this tough guy talk, and alpha posturing, but then now and again you can be sure the truth will come out :messenger_tears_of_joy:

It's just bugs. I'll be grinded and processed till you have no idea what you're eating, just like other meats. Or you could have some dried up bugs for snacks. I haven't tried much, but I had grasshopper once. Pretty tasty, had a bit of zest to it.
Yeah eating cockroaches is way more manly then hunting and eating animals
 

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I just love this place sometimes. All this tough guy talk, and alpha posturing, but then now and again you can be sure the truth will come out :messenger_tears_of_joy:

It's just bugs. I'll be grinded and processed till you have no idea what you're eating, just like other meats. Or you could have some dried up bugs for snacks. I haven't tried much, but I had grasshopper once. Pretty tasty, had a bit of zest to it.

Why do "progressives" sound so creepy? You keep on progressing off that cliff you're headed for and leave us out of it. It's downright psychopathic how they need to drag everyone else along with them.
 
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I just love this place sometimes. All this tough guy talk, and alpha posturing, but then now and again you can be sure the truth will come out :messenger_tears_of_joy:

It's just bugs. I'll be grinded and processed till you have no idea what you're eating, just like other meats. Or you could have some dried up bugs for snacks. I haven't tried much, but I had grasshopper once. Pretty tasty, had a bit of zest to it.
You should be permabanned for having a lion as an avatar, and yet, sounding like a total bitch.
 

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I just love this place sometimes. All this tough guy talk, and alpha posturing, but then now and again you can be sure the truth will come out :messenger_tears_of_joy:

It's just bugs. I'll be grinded and processed till you have no idea what you're eating, just like other meats. Or you could have some dried up bugs for snacks. I haven't tried much, but I had grasshopper once. Pretty tasty, had a bit of zest to it.
How does not wanting to eat third world shithole country poor people food anything to do with not being alpha?

Explain, boy.
 

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How does not wanting to eat third world shithole country poor people food anything to do with not being alpha?

Explain, boy.
How do you know it's shithole food? Have you tried it?

I just call it as I see it. There's a ton of types in here talking about how everything is so soy and not manly enough, but then the very same types are really rather squeamish when it comes down it.

You should be permabanned for having a lion as an avatar, and yet, sounding like a total bitch.
Well, you are the authority on the subject, so you should know.

Why do "progressives" sound so creepy? You keep on progressing off that cliff you're headed for and leave us out of it. It's downright psychopathic how they need to drag everyone else along with them.
If being open to trying new things is creepy to you, you're kinda proving my point.



Relax guys, it's a joke. No need to get so... Uh, offended.
 
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