UN to the Hungry Masses: Let Them Eat Bugs

Slimy, yet satisfying. Ban Ki-Moon is doing his best Marie Antoinette impression, telling the world’s hungry to eat bugs. The AP reports:

A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency’s Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.

Insects are “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilo of meat.

Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said.

With a brood of cicadas about to hatch in the DC area, daring eaters will get a chance to put their money where their mouths are. We haven’t tried them ourselves, but cicadas are edible and apparently taste like asparagus. So, intrepid Beltway-area readers, take advantage of this cicada cornucopia and send us your favorite recipes. It’s what the UN would want.

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  • USNK2

    Mr. Mead’s snark about dietary insects is a sign he is over-extended on topics, and has no researcher.
    Locusts are highly nutritious, but better stir-fried than raw.

  • Tim Godfrey

    This reminds me of am immigrant from Africa who was appalled when he went out with friends to a restaurant that served giant bugs.

    The restaurant?
    Red Lobster.

  • How do we know it isn’t asparagus that tastes like taste like nasty cicadas?

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