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Let them eat bugs!

Posted by Lindy on July 20, 2008


Eating insects does far less damage [than eating meat which uses up a lot of resources to produce]. For one thing, the habit could help to protect crops. Some 30 years ago the Thai government, struggling to contain a plague of locusts with pesticides, began encouraging its citizens to collect and eat the insects. Officials even distributed recipes for cooking them. Locusts were not commonly eaten at the time, but they have since become popular. Today some farmers plant corn just to attract them. Stir-frying other menaces could help reduce the use of pesticides. …… For example, a cow yields only 10lb (4.5kg) of beef for every 100lb of feed it eats, whereas the same amount of feed would produce tens times as much cricket.[ Do the sums – I am not sure they have quite right!]

This an extract from an article which you can this link. It comes from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) – a brillaint site for current information. I have email lists from every week.

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