Eating Insects – Alice Zhou

What if I told you that there was a way to eliminate food insecurity while reducing our carbon footprint? That you could be boosting your protein intake with a healthier, more nutritious alternative to beef, chicken, pork, or even fish?

Eating insects will increase food and feed security and is beneficial to our health. The proteins that we’re eating right now are not viable for long-term sustainability. 1 lb of beef requires 10 lbs feed, 1000 gal water, 200 sq. ft. pasture (2 acres/cow). On the other hand, 1 lb of insects only requires 2 lbs feed, 1 gal water, and 2 cubic ft. land space. Additionally, cows cause desertification of land, loss of biodiversity from the land space, and 240 lbs methane/cow/year. Pigs and chicken also produce lots of manure which still has to be decomposed. In contrast, bugs don’t require much space or water. They’re also easy to produce (very fertile) and do not require special machinery. Moreover, bugs offer high nutrition, with an excellent protein to calorie ratio. According to Phil Torres, an entomologist, 100 g of crickets has around 13g protein but only 120 calories (100g chicken contains 24g protein but 219 cal). Ethical issues are also not a problem. By slowly freezing insects, they die by going to sleep. Because of this, many vegetarians are open to the idea of eating bugs.


Works Cited


Bosler, Cayte. “To Save the World, Eat Bugs.” The Atlantic. 25 Feb 2014. Web. 02 November 2015.


Cassimally, Khalil A. “Why Should We Eat Insects? It’s the Future of Food.” Nature. 06 June 2013. Web. 02 November 2015.


Martin, Daniella. Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet. New Harvest, 2014. Print


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