UN Says to Starving People: Let Them Eat Insects

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Occupy Corporatism
May 16, 2013




The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a report entitled, “Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security” wherein they suggest that eating insects would feed the hungry populations across the globe.

The report asserts: “Insects are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish.”

By eating insects are environmentally-friendly because agricultural land is not necessary. Less greenhouse gases would be emitted and the flatulence cows produce would not contribute to the deteriorating atmosphere.

The FAO asks “why are insects not eaten in western countries?”

The report surmises that: “Western attitudes of disgust towards eating insects have arguably also influenced the preference of people in tropical countries.

According to Silow (1983): ‘It is known that some missionaries have condemned winged termite eating as a heathen custom’ and for that reason a Christian person told him that ‘he would never taste such things, valuing them as highly non-Christian’. In Malawi, research has shown that people living in urban areas and devout Christians react with disdain to eating insects (Morris, 2004). …”

In other countries, the UN explains that “beetles, wasps and caterpillars are also an unexplored nutrition source that can help address global food insecurity.”

Between nutrition and less farmland used for livestock, there are health benefits to eating – worms.

Eva Muller, director of the division of forest economics policy and products at the FAO, said: “Insects are not harmful to eat, quite the contrary. They are nutritious; they have a lot of protein and are considered a delicacy in many countries.”

By 2030, the UN estimates the world’s human population to be 9 billion. Livestock will need to be raised. Water and other resources will have to be allocated to feed those burgeoning populations.

Afton Halloran, consultant for the FAO Edible Insects Program, at the FAO, explained: “Domesticating and rearing insects can help sustain insect populations while also helping counter nutritional insecurity and improve livelihoods. Farming insects has a huge global potential for both animal feed and food production. We are already seeing producers creating animal feed from insects and research. And development is occurring around the world in order incorporate insects into menus and processed foods.”

Insects are eaten in cultures all over the world. The focus is on getting the West to eat them and add them as notorious supplements to their diet.

Unlike cows and pigs, insects do not require the use of resources and can be easily harvested. The FAO says this is a safe and healthy alternative to meat that will ensure new job creation, income and long-term employment.

The report states: “Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint.”

To coerce people to eat more insects, the report suggests that the restaurant industry add insects to their menu and create new recipes to include insects as ingredients.

The report reads: “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.”

In 2006, the FAO published a report entitled, “Livestock’s Long Shadow” that described how cows are damaging the planet with their methane emissions. The FAO says that cows are responsible for 18% of CO2 in the atmosphere. When burning coal to transport and process the meat is added to the massive amounts of fertilizer necessary to feed them, they have been deemed unsustainable.

The report states that livestock are responsible for thousands of acres of land being deforested which adds to pollution.

Cows overgraze the land to depletion and even cause acid rain.

Human eating habits have to be curbed because it is claimed that 55 square feet of rainforest is destroyed for each quarter pound hamburger that is produced. Therefore humans should be encouraged to eat vegetables; and insects as an alternative to protein.

Mainstream media decries that “cows’ farting and burping must be brought under control because they’re causing global warming problems.”

Even more articles maintain that: “The emissions produced by [cows, pigs, sheep and goats] contain a nasty mix of many gasses, among them methane. Though carbon dioxide is the first gas that comes to mind when we think of greenhouse emissions, pound for pound, methane is more than 20 times more powerful in terms of its global warming potential. Methane doesn’t linger in the atmosphere quite as long as CO2, and it’s not produced industrially in anywhere near the same quantity, but it does its damage all the same — and livestock toots out a surprisingly large share of it.”

One way of taking care of the problem could be to genetically engineer cows that did not fart.

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