Yeuk! Eating Bugs?

Believe it or not, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) seems to think we should start eating creepy crawlies! Are they really serious? Well, I think the general consensus is they are, and heaven knows what the effects will be, not only on human health, but on the planet.

Bon Appetite!

Bon Appetite!

For hundreds of years, we have detested the sight of ugly little bugs that infest our homes, damage our crops and plant life, and become a damned nuisance. I suppose it would be poetic justice if we now reversed the roles and began to eat them. The pesky little critters wouldn’t know what hit them.

Biscuit Anyone?

Biscuit Anyone?

For sure, there are already 2 billion people around the world who regularly consume insects as part of their diet “because they are delicious and nutritious,”, according to Eva Mueller, director of forest economics at the FAO. The report states that many restaurants in Europe are beginning to feature bugs on their menus. I have to say that the first time I go into a restaurant and see bugs on the menu, I am out of there ‘tout suit’.

There can be little doubt they have a high nutritional value, being high in iron and protein, but not for me I’m afraid. I just can’t imagine catching a fly in the living room and popping it into my mouth as a snack!

Your Favourite Meal?

Your Favourite Meal?

In some countries, beetle larvae and termites are considered a delicacy, I need to find out which countries they and make sure I never go there. I guess I am an old fuddy duddy who, like many westerners would rather swat a bug than eat it.

The FAO pointed out that turning to bugs could help with world hunger and food shortages, which as any intelligent person will know is inevitable as the world population increases. They also point out that we could start feeding bugs to animals, presumably cattle, pigs and poultry etc. as a way to save vital crops for mankind. As you would expect, the animals will not have any say in this.

American Midwest Drought

American Midwest Drought

There can be little doubt as the population rises still further in years to come, there will be many countries joining the likes of Africa with its millions of starving people. In the future, it could even be America, for as we have seen this last year, tremendous droughts caused by climate change have stricken the growing fields of the central states that supply much of the country’s food. Even tiny England has had its agricultural areas smitten by drought. We have only begun to glimpse the effect global warming will have on our planet.

Rise In Global CO2 Levels

Rise In Global CO2 Levels

We have increased food production over the last fifty years to where the soil has long been exhausted, and now will not grow our essential food crops without masses of artificial fertilizer. We are decimating the forests that supply the planet with oxygen to the extent, that atmospheric CO2 levels have reached a record high that has not been seen on Earth for more than 3 million years. Now they want us to start on the bug population that is essential to continuing plant and bird life on the planet. The mind boggles!

Pretty Soon There Won't Be Anything Left For You Chum!

Pretty Soon There Won’t Be Anything Left For You Chum!

In my view, anyone who thinks that our plant life will successfully survive without bugs is a fool. We rely on the humble bee to pollinate our crops and plants for example, and the bee numbers are already in decline from pesticide use, but now the FAO says they are on the human menu! Birds are essential to keeping down the numbers of insect pests and the pollination of crops and plants, but from an estimated world population of between 200 to 400 billion in 2010, the numbers have declined rapidly as we destroy the forests and wooded areas. What does the FAO think that birds and small creatures eat? Well for the benefit of the illiterate among my readers I will tell you – Bugs! If the human race turns to eating these creepies the chances are it will have a devastating effect on bird and small animal life.

Can You Look At This And Say We Don't Have A Problem?

Can You Look At This And Say We Don’t Have A Problem?

There sure isn’t going to be enough bugs around to supplement the feeding of 8 billion people, a figure that is rising year on year I might add, and feed the bird and small animal population. The FAO seems to think that we can ‘farm’ bugs just like we do everything else, so does that mean all the wild ones will be perfectly safe and will not be gathered as food, or to start a ‘bug farm’.

World Population Reality

World Population Reality

We are successfully raping the planet of its natural resources, and no-one, with perhaps the exception of China, is taking any action to stem population growth, which will eventually destroy us all as more people begin starving and the food sources dry up.

It takes intelligence to accept what we are doing and unfortunately, the lack of it, coupled with the selfish attitude of people today, means all the warnings are being ignored. All that remains to be asked is: What of your children and their children?

Roy.

2 Responses to “Yeuk! Eating Bugs?”

  1. Alan Says:

    Saw an interesting piece on one of the foodie progs on TV a few weeks ago. the presenter advocated the consumption of mealworms and opined that such protein rich creatures could be the answer to the high cost of animal meat for the ever expanding human population.

    Ironically, I feed dried mealworms to the garden birds, it looks like that this food resource fit for the birds could be diverted to feed the starving millions.

    You are right with your questions Roy, it seems that the inexorable rise in the human population is positively encouraged around the World; take the UK, I don’t know of anyone who asked for this tiny island to be swamped with people, there is a huge difference between quantity and quality, I know what I would prefer. It seems that growth, growth and yet more growth is the only goal for society – why?? It doesn’t improve the quality of our lives one iota.

    I’m sure that we could keep our individual local MP fully occupied with these questions, best get round to see him!!

    Cheers

    Alan

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    • Hi Alan,
      Thanks for your comment, and yes, I agree with what you say. My main point is that after having caused such harm to the natural environment over the past 100 years, now we could be starting a further phase of destruction. I agree wholeheartedly that bugs could be a vital resource in feeding the world’s starving, but what effect will that have on the ecology? There are only so many bugs in the world, and many species of animal life and plants rely on them for survival. If man starts using them for human or animal feed what happens when they too are in serious decline. Many people say, ‘but there are trillions of bugs in the world’, but we said the same about coal, oil and natural gas and if we keep consuming it at the current rate, that too will run out. And what then?
      In my view, the only answer is to start serious limitations on population growth much as in China: One child per family, especially in countries where the birthrate is rampant like India. Whether we like it or not, it will come at some time in the future, it has to, for it is the only way to ensure the survival of the human species. I just hope the world’s politicians wake up to the fact before it is too late.
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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