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Eat an Insect
It is good for your health. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, insects are rich in protein and good fats. They also are a good source of calcium, iron and zinc. Exo uses cricket flour in their protein bars. They claim that cricket flour has more iron than beef, almost as much calcium as milk and is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Eating insects is good for the environment. Raising insects will ultimately slow the environmental degradation process. Crickets, for example, are so much more sustainable as a protein than beef. A single cow can produce up to 132 pounds of methane a day which is roughly equivalent to a car. A cricket, however, produces 80 times less methane than a cow.
Insects help provide better livelihoods for those in extreme poverty. The business of insect harvesting and rearing is low-tech and does not require a huge investment in capital. It is a business option that is available to the poor who do not own land.
The rest of the world already eats them. Over 2 billion people in the world already eat insects as part of their regular diet. Eating insects is definitely not a new concept. In fact, more than 1,900 species of insects have been identified for human consumption.
Still not feeling brave enough to bite into a grasshopper? That’s okay, but you might at least agree that using insects for food is one sustainable solution to food insecurity. Consider looking into other ways to use insects, like using them to feed livestock instead of taking up valuable land to grow grain for feed.
To end the global food crisis, we all must do something. If you can’t imagine eating insects, maybe you can imagine supporting our alliance partner Food for the Hungry, who uses other techniques to end hunger in the name of Jesus.