The Earth, alongside current eating habits, simply can not support tens of billions of people, but soon we will be so. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are hungry, and today’s livestock farming and agriculture practices can not live well. New protein sources are needed and can be provided by insects. We are presenting some of the companies who are attracting buyers and venture capital investors with cricket desserts, grilled gooseberries, chili sliced muslin and ants made with gin.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, there are more than a thousand types of edible insects in the world, but there is still a long time to go to insect reproduction. The introduction of foreign cuisine is a decade-long process, and this is not the case with insects.
In the four-fifths of the world’s countries, insects are common – they practice two billion a day – but at most exotic restaurants in the West take up their taco soup and fried silkworms like New York’s Toloache or Santa Monica Typhoon. There will be no cricket-based protein slices or insect biscuit biscuits on the shelves of the polar spacers tomorrow. The Hungarians will eat at least insect if they are riding in a laugh without a helmet.
Behind the hysterical insect repellent not only desire for new flavors is lark but also a necessity. Today, 80 percent of the areas that can be cultivated crop up for the food that makes up 20 percent of the Earth’s population. 90 percent of the water is already threatened by overfishing. And we could also mention environmental reasons:
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In comparison, 800 million people worldwide are hungry today, and by 2050 they can be tens of billions. Do you like it? If the growth of the population does not slow down, there will soon be two billion new fellow human beings, and they will have to feed them somewhat. And there is no cake and sausage for everyone, so it’s better to get used to the insects’ taste, whatever Sándor Fazekas says about the incompatibility of insect reproduction and Hungarian taste buds.
Philanthropic organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations see enormous untapped protein sources in insects and support such initiatives. According to nutritionists, insect can be the future of food, and demand is clearly growing.
All Things Bug In 2014, only 4,500 kilograms of cricket protein were sold to startups such as Exo, Chapul and Six Foods; a year later it was one and a half times as much. Initially, they made 200,000 dollars each year, but the sale of millions was not an unattainable goal either. And they are not alone: in the 2010s they have set up at least 25 startups, both trying to insect intake in the United States and Canada. The turnover of companies that produce edible insects and feedstocks can reach half a billion dollars by the end of the decade.
Insect distribution startups are basically idealistic, and they mostly argue with the effectiveness of insect reproduction. If we were to inject more insects, we would lessen the environment, we should not kill dead animals, find a sustainable source of food, and eliminate the malnutrition and starvation in underdeveloped societies. But there is the disagreement that we feel in the Western world with sneers, worms and bugs.
Two arguments could be raised against disagreement that seemed to be overwhelming:
Insect reproduction is environmentally friendly. According to the UN report, keeping insects and using foodstuffs will produce less volume of greenhouse gases than large-scale livestock farming, and the size of land required is also incomparably smaller.
The insect is nourishing. Their protein content is comparable to other protein sources, such as beef or milk. 100 grams of crickets have 21 grams of protein; the beef is 26 grams. Four crickets have as many proteins as a glass of milk, and in a beetle bug, there are more iron than a steak in a steak.
Still, nutritionists are interested in dieters and bodybuilders, environmental protection and greenpeace hippies. The average person is basically minded to taste and texture. In Europe, therefore, the cricket is likely to be the most popular catch, because it is easy to process it to be recognizable – for example, flour can be used in today’s recipes.
One of the main evangelists of insectomy (entomology), Marcel Dicke, says Europe and the United States have to overcome disgust, so it is worth concentrating on products so that consumers do not know what they actually ate. Powder can help the majority to overcome fears. Many people are open to the matter until they bite a crunchy cricket. Dicke said.
Source: index.hu Photo: HáziPatika.com