Eating Worms Instead of Meat Will ‘Save the Planet,’ Scientists Say

Scientists: Eating Worms Instead of Meat Will 'Save the Planet'
Facebook
Twitter
Telegram
Reddit
Email

South Korean scientists claim that eating worms could help humanity “save the planet,” according to a new study published Wednesday.

But the researchers also admit that eating the slimy invertebrates suffer something of an “image problem.”

The cooked mealworms, or beetle larvae, with added sugar, creates a “meat” alternative, which researchers claim tastes authentic as an acceptable alternative nutrition source.

“Recently, eating insects has become of interest because of the increasing cost of animal protein, as well as the associated environmental issues,” In Hee Cho, Ph.D., the project’s principal investigator, said in announcing the findings.

By 2050, the United Nations announced that the global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion people and almost 11 billion by 2100.

Those population figures have driven the study to find more ways to feed more people outside of traditional farming methods, which are currently being destroyed as of writing.

Traditional meat replaced with bugs

They add that feeding humans traditional animal meat, like cows, pigs, and sheep, requires more significant amounts of food, water, and land resources.

They also argue that cows are “a substantial contributor to climate change, releasing copious amounts of methane in their burps.”

The solution? Researchers say we can save the planet from climate change by eating bugs.

Also championing the consumption of bugs is none other than The World Economic Forum; here is what they write on their website:

The world’s population will reach 9.7 billion people by 2050. This means that despite only 4% of arable land on the surface of our planet, an additional 2 billion more humans will have to be fed.

To address this impending crisis, world experts and leaders will meet this autumn at the UN Food Summit and then the COP26. Often overlooked in these discussions is the potential role insects can play in helping meet this challenge.

Insects are a credible and efficient alternative protein source requiring fewer resources than conventional breeding. Studies suggest that for the same amount of protein produced, insects, mealworms in particular, require much less land than other sources of animal proteins. A study on crickets suggests they are twice as efficient in converting feed to meat as chicken, at least four times more efficient than pigs and 12 times more efficient than cattle.

Today, 12% of the world’s wild whole-fish catch is used for farmed fish in the form of fishmeal. An alternative to fishmeal can be the products resulting from the processing of insects such as the Tenebrio Molitor. It has been shown that with mealworm, mortality in farmed fish is reduced by 40%.

Insect protein has high-quality properties and can be used as an alternative source of protein throughout the food chain, from feed for aquaculture to ingredients for nutritional supplements for humans and pets. All animal species, regardless of their diet, eat insects in their natural diet.

Protein replacement

“Insects are a nutritious and healthy food source with high amounts of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber and high-quality protein, which is like that of meat,” says Cho, whose team is at Wonkwang University (South Korea).

READ MORE:  Red Hot Chilli Peppers Singer on Sudden Death of Fan: ‘Young People Are Just Dying These Days’

Despite companies attempting to alter the public’s perception of eating cooked whole mealworms as crunchy, salty snacks, people are just not buying it.

Cho even goes as far as suggesting hiding insects in the form of seasonings inside products.

Cho’s team studied mealworms throughout their entire lifecycle, looking at how the compounds present differed in each stage.

They found “volatile hydrocarbons” that evaporated and resulted in strong scents as a possible key to helping lift human consumption.

Raw larvae smelled of wet soil, shrimp, and sweet corn but changed depending on how they were cooked.

Steamed mealworms smelt of sweet corn, while deep-fried larvae were more oily.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Breaking

Trending

Elizabeth Warren Accuses GOP of Creating 'Economic Chaos' to Help Trump Get Reelected
Elizabeth Warren Accuses GOP of Creating 'Economic Chaos' to Help Trump Get Reelected
Senator Elizabeth Warren has accused House Republicans of creating “economic chaos” to help...
CNN's Primetime Viewership Plummets to Just 444,000 as Don Lemon Hits Record Low
CNN's Primetime Viewership Plummets to Just 444,000 as Don Lemon Hits Record Low
CNN’s average primetime viewership took a nose dive to only 444,000 viewers during the week of...
Former NFL Player Jessie Lemonier, 25, Dies Suddenly
Former NFL Player Jessie Lemonier, 25, Dies Suddenly
Former NFL defensive end Jessie Lemonier has died aged 25 years old, the Lions announced Thursday. “We...
Matt Gaetz: "They Had to Accuse Trump of Colluding with Russia Because He Was the Only One Who Wasn't"
Matt Gaetz: "They Had to Accuse Trump of Colluding with Russia Because He Was the Only One Who Wasn't"
Matt Gaetz joined Steve Bannon on the War Room to discuss the Deep State’s reaction to the unfolding...
GREAT RESET: EU Gives Green Light for Two Insect Species to Be used for Human Consumption
GREAT RESET: EU Gives Green Light for Two Insect Species to Be used for Human Consumption
The European Union has given the green light for an additional two insect species to be used for human...
Whoopi Goldberg Tries To Spin Biden's Classified Docs Scandal, Fails Spectacularly - WATCH
Whoopi Goldberg Tries To Spin Biden's Classified Docs Scandal, Fails Spectacularly - WATCH
“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg tried to spin Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal...
John Kerry Gives Bizarre Response When Confronted about Flying on Private Jets – WATCH
John Kerry Gives Bizarre Response When Confronted about Flying on Private Jets – WATCH
Joe Biden’s Climate Envoy, John Kerry, was confronted at the World Economic Forum’s annual...
CRT Creator Makes $100k Per Speech Helping Teachers Push Toxic Theory in schools
CRT Creator Makes $100k Per Speech Helping Teachers Push Toxic Theory in schools
Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, the divisive Critical Race Theory architect, is making massive financial...
BLOWN WIDE OPEN: Democrat Former L.A. City Councilman Pleads Guilty to Corruption
BLOWN WIDE OPEN: Democrat Former L.A. City Councilman Pleads Guilty to Corruption
Former Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar has pleaded guilty to corruption charges after years...
Left-Leaning 'The Breakfast Club' Hosts Stunned as Callers Say "I'd Rather Have Trump" than Biden
Left-Leaning 'The Breakfast Club' Hosts Stunned as Callers Say "I'd Rather Have Trump" than Biden
Hosts of Charlamagne tha God’s left-leaning ‘The Breakfast Club’ were left stunned...
0
What are your thoughts? Click to commentx
()
x

JOIN THE FIGHT!

SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE BREAKING NEWSLETTER STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX! 

We don’t spam! Read our Privacy Policy for more info.