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Can Insects Feed a Hungry Planet?

Can Insects Feed a Hungry Planet?

This post was written by Nicole D’Alessandro and originally appeared on EcoWatch.

Earth’s population is ballooning every day, which increasingly presents a host of challenges, from housing to resource depletion to food.

The issue of feeding billions of people on a warming planet—along with related concerns such as food wastewater usage and greenhouse gas emissions—continues to be explored.

It has been widely established that factory farming contributes to climate change and even that eating less beef will benefit the environment. But what about eating … bugs. Bugs?

Two billion people around the globe eat insects. Major areas of consumption include Latin America, Southeast Asia and Central Africa. As new ways are examined to feed a rapidly expanding global population, and with a minimal environmental impact, will entomophagy—the consumption of insects as food—be taken seriously in other parts of the world?

Folks at EnsiaAnna Egelhoff, John Sisser and Todd Reubold—put together this infographic to address that very question:


Have you ever eaten an insect? Would you?

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1:25AM PST on Nov 19, 2014

Live long and prosper

7:34PM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

Nobody should eat animals. Insects are animals.

12:42PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Thank you

12:01PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Merci pour le partage.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Can humans stop breeding?

12:27AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

9:20AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

4:16PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

Am I the only person on the planet that recognizes that all the problems of this planet, every single one, can be linked to one main issue: population overgrowth. Reduce the human population drastically and our descendants and, more importantly, the planet that sustains us and them, just may be turned back from the brink of annihilation forever.

10:01PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

No thanks

11:25AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Yes Zannie T, people should have as many kids as they want, and why can't companies pollute the air and water and dump as much carbon dioxide into the air if they want? And why can't someone kill all the elephants and rhinos if they want? All these things are killing the Earth. When do other peoples rights trump yours? Overpopulation will condemn future generations just as sure as pollution and global warming. When will we wake up?

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