Hollywood actress and director Angelia Jolie was spotted eating insects with her children.
According to BBC News: ‘the actress was seen frying a scorpion and eating the leg of a spider which she said had a “really good flavour”’.
A report by the Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stated that livestock production accounts for 70% of all agricultural land and 30% of the planet’s total surface area. By 2050 the world’s population will rise to 9 billion (FAO report) which means that in order to satisfy demand for the world’s meat consumption we will need to double protein production.
Insects present a more sustainable form of protein. It is estimated that insects already form part of the diets of at least 2 billion people worldwide (FAO report). Undemanding of water and nutrients, insect farming requires very few raw materials in comparison to animal farming which demands large amounts of land and high levels of raw materials.
We are able to eat between 80 and 100% of insects bred whereas we only eat 40-60% of cows and others livestock. Insects have a high food conversion rate, for instance crickets need six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and chickens to produce the same amount of protein.