Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

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Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby tankee » Mon May 13, 2013 10:09 pm

ROME - Beetles, caterpillars and wasps could supplement diets around the world as an environmentally friendly food source if only Western consumers could get over their "disgust", the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.

"The main message is really: 'Eat insects'", Eva Mueller, director of forest economics at the FAO, told a press conference in Rome.

"Insects are abundant and they are a valuable source of protein and minerals," she said.

"Two billion people - a third of the world's population - are already eating insects because they are delicious and nutritious," she said.

Also speaking at the press conference was Gabon Forestry Minister Gabriel Tchango who said: "Insect consumption is part of our daily life."

He said some insects - like beetle larvae and grilled termites - were delicacies.

"Insects contribute about 10 per cent of animal protein consumed by the population," he said.

The report said insect farming was "one of the many ways to address food and feed insecurity".

"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," said the report, co-authored by the FAO and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

But the authors admitted that "consumer disgust remains one of the largest barriers to the adoption of insects as viable sources of protein in many Western countries".

It suggested that the food industry could help in "raising the status of insects" by including them in recipes and putting them on restaurant menus.

The report also called for wider use of insects as feed for livestock, saying that poor regulation and under-investment currently meant it "cannot compete" with traditional sources of feed.

"The use of insects on a large scale as a feed ingredient is technically feasible, and established companies in various parts of the world are already leading the way," it added, highlighting in particular producers in China, South Africa, Spain and the United States.

"Insects can supplement traditional feed sources such as soy, maize, grains and fishmeal," it said, adding that the ones with most potential were larvae of the black soldier fly, the common housefly and the yellow mealworm.

The report also said the insects most commonly consumed by humans are beetles (31 per cent), caterpillars (18 per cent) and bees, wasps and ants (14 per cent), followed by grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (13 per cent).

It said trade in insects was thriving in cities such as Bangkok and Kinshasa and that a similar culture of insect consumption - entomophagy - should be established elsewhere, stressing that it was often cheaper to farm insects.

The report concluded: "History has shown that dietary patterns can change quickly, particularly in a globalised world. The rapid acceptance of raw fish in the form of sushi is a good example."

http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNe ... 22307.html

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby Harlequin » Mon May 13, 2013 10:19 pm

Wow! 不是吧?! :sick:

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby tankee » Mon May 13, 2013 10:31 pm

i wonder whether insects are high in Saturated fats and cholesterol? :?

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby Jennifer » Mon May 13, 2013 10:31 pm

I saw a programme filmed in Cambodia. The villagers collect red ants n use these in every kind of dishes they eat. Only 1 taste in all different dishes - sour. So boring.

I rather eat only vegs than to eat bugs.

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby Harlequin » Mon May 13, 2013 10:43 pm

tankee wrote:i wonder whether insects are high in Saturated fats and cholesterol? :?


Insects got fats mei? I think they are only full of calcium, you know like the shell fish :rotflmao:

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby slmkhoo » Tue May 14, 2013 8:36 am

Jennifer wrote:I saw a programme filmed in Cambodia. The villagers collect red ants n use these in every kind of dishes they eat. Only 1 taste in all different dishes - sour. So boring.

I rather eat only vegs than to eat bugs.

Bugs are high in protein, so they are more a meat replacement than a veg replacement. I think I wouldn't mind eating bugs if they are 'disguised' initially - I'm not sure I can cope with the whole creature! Maybe after a while, I'll get used to the idea.

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby Dora1 » Tue May 14, 2013 8:42 am

:sick:
But I guess for countries where the people, esp the children suffer from malnutrition, insects are really highly nutritous. And they can survive in all sorts of weather conditions, which makes them easy to breed in large numbers.

At the rate we are destroying the Earth, maybe our grandchildren would have to start eating insects because the earth would be too hot for other animals to survive in big numbers :sad:

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby Funz » Tue May 14, 2013 9:52 am

Was about to respond to buds saying she is not that adventurous with food. Wanted to say that I am game to try most things at least once except for bugs and dogs/cats. Then I saw this.

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby buds » Tue May 14, 2013 10:27 am

I :pray: this said "future" does not include me by then.

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Re: Bugs are food of the future: UN agency

Postby buds » Tue May 14, 2013 10:28 am

Tankee, the first two options on your poll are :sick:.

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