Yum, yum, insects

What’s for dinner? Well, how about some wasps, grasshoppers, and beetles? The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says insects are good food to eat. They contain protein, minerals, and healthy fats. Earth’s population is just over 7 billion, and is estimated to become over 9 billion by the year 2050. One of the worries of governments and scientists is how we would provide food for so many people. Also, the livestock we raise adds to the global warming issues on our planet.  Insects multiply in numbers quickly, are easy to raise, are high in nutrients, and insect-farming would be less harmful to our planet than livestock-farming. There are close to 2,000 species of insects that scientists say can be eaten. Already, about 2 billion people in the world eat insects. The most eaten insect is the beetle.

Dung beetle (per 100g)  has 17.2g of protein, 4.3g of fat, 30.9mg of calcium, and 7.7mg of iron. As the name describes, these beetles feed on “dung”.  The image is of bamboo worms with green onions.

Here is a video about it.

Did you know?

Dung beetles use our galaxy, the Milky Way, to navigate their way. They check out the light in the sky to figure out how to trod along in a straight path.

Did you know?

The United Nations predicts that by next year there will be more cell phone subscriptions than humans on our planet. Currently, Earth’s population is approximately 7.1 billion and there are 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions.

Image Credits: www.fao.org for the bamboo worms/oinions image