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U.N. Reports on Untapped Food Resource: Insects

eating instectsThe United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a report yesterday stating that edible insects have the potential to significantly cut worldwide hunger.

The report praises the great nutritional value of edible insects. They are high in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and fat and already consumed regularly by more than 2 billion people worldwide.

While the organization is not advocating for everyone to start eating insects, it is suggesting western countries look into the benefits of using insects as food, particularly as animal feed. The report also makes a case for forest conservation, as many edible insects inhabit forests.

Some of the most commonly eaten insects are grasshoppers, ants, scorpions, and grub worms. Insects are typically fried, salted, and eaten with a sauce depending on regional preferences. Next time you’re out camping, try to add an insect or two to your meal!

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