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Insects are the future of food

Insects are the future of food Insects are the future of food
Source: Eric Keller via Artstation
100 Million Years of Food
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100 Million Years of Food
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Considering that crickets produce 50 percent less carbon dioxide than cattle per unit of weight gain and convert feed into food twice as efficiently as chickens, four times more efficiently than pigs, and twelve times more efficiently than cattle, insects deserve to be more popular on menus. Since insects aren't warm-blooded, they don't need to con-sume as many calories as warm-blooded animals when putting on weight. Insects also use up less water than livestock per unit weight of flesh. A backyard operation like this farm, located in a warm climate (insects are small creatures and therefore are more vulnerable to cold than mammals) could contribute impressive quantities of protein for a surging, hungry population, yet the farm could still be readily managed by a retiree. It's hard to deny that edible insects could create a much smaller environmental footprint than equivalent-sized portions of meat, especially in densely populated countries that don't have space for rearing bigger livestock.

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