Whilst we were out and about today, Dan got talking to me about a feature within a food programme he watched this morning, which basically said that by the time we get to the year 2020, the world will be so heavily populated and meat will be in such heavy demand due to an increase in consumption – there won’t be enough of it to go around. Scientists say that if we’re to survive, the countries who don’t currently eat insects, will need to develop a taste for them, in order to survive.
Does this make logistical sense? Yes. They’re easy and cheap to farm, like crowded spaces (which will keep the animal rights lot happy) and they are packed full of protein. Does it make food sense? Of course. The need for food is high and increasing. If we’re to feed everyone we’re going to need to come up with new ways. Would I eat insects? Unless I had to, no. I don’t like to look at them, never mind eat them. The concept of eating a deep fried beetle makes my stomach churn. No, no, no, no, no.
Is this just a Britishism? I think so. Apparently a high percentage of countries eat insects with some of the most popular including termites, butterflies and crickets. They are deep friend, made in to burgers, main meals and more. Ew. That said, I’m eating some beetle juice tonight. Chorizo contains a food colouring derived from beetles, as do some cakes to. So yea, it’s also hypocritical. We may all be eating deep friend spiders in our life time – the aisle of Tesco will certainly look more exotic.
Would you eat insects? Do you agree with these scientists? Comment and let me know.
Hayley Jayne xx