Being born and raised in San Francisco, caring for the environment was an integral part of our lives. Everyone I knew recycled and composted, and everyone was an environmentalist of some sort. It wasn’t until I got to college where I felt my bubble burst and I realized, my small city and its small group of inhabitants were actually the anomalies.
I’m not here to tell you that global climate change exists or that we should all be trying to save the planet, but I’m here to tell you about a few cold hard truths that exist in our world and how eating insects can make an impact.
Truth 1: There are millions of people who die from starvation every day. What if I told you that by eating from lower on the food chain, there would be 10x as much food in the world? Ok, maybe not exactly 10x the amount of food but there would be significantly more food. Eating lower on the food chain means eating more vegetation (bottom of the food chain) and less animals (top of the food chain). Raising livestock consumes enormous amounts of resources per year. In fact, the Daily Green reported about 70% of grains is used to feed livestock rather than being directly consumed by humans. Take a pound of beef for example, to product one pound of beef consumes about 1800 gallons of water. Theoretically, if the US continued to produce the same amount of grain but limited its use for direct human consumption, we would have 3x the amount of grain to feed our own. May I note that this is only for the amount of grains grown in the US, and it does not account for other forms of vegetation, water or numerous other resources we put into raising livestock.
Truth 2: The humankind’s carbon footprint is larger than it’s ever been. In fact, greenhouse emissions have never been higher due to the rapidly growing population and further advancements in technology. Raising livestock requires resources such as water, land space, and crops to feed the animal. Animals also produce greenhouse gases, only to be terminated at the end of their life span. In comparison to a bug farm, a bug farm will only take up minimal amounts of space and their lifespans are short (crickets are 6 weeks!), therefore also consuming less resources.
Living in NYC, the most urban city there is, we don’t get access to a lot of farms or agriculture. However, a bug farm could be built anywhere and not take up too much of that real estate! Maybe we’ll build a rooftop bug farm and we’ll blog about it when it happens.