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A new United Nations report from the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization says that we should add insects to our diet.
THREE REASONS GIVEN BY U.N. ON WHY  ADD INSECTS TO OUR DIET

  • They are good for our health since insects are high in protein.  It’s a nutritious alternative to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish.
  • It is better for the environment than breeding cows, sheep, and other animals. Insects need far less feed than cattle and produce far less greenhouse gas than pigs.

  • Finally, “insect farming” would help millions of poor families around the world eat and start a small business.  It’s easy to farm in large quantities using very little space.

Many cultures already include insects in their diet. The report says that they eat insects out of choice, largely because of the “tastiness”.  More than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food. Also the report says governments need to educate people from those developed countries about the benefits of eating bugs so they get over the “disgust factor“.

Contributed by: TEACHER EVA

 

Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. nutritious – provide and sustain a person’s body such as food containing the required vitamins and energy
  2. alternative – one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; the other choice
  3. mainstream – the prevailing, popular, current of thought
  4. staples – something useful and necessary for which demand is constant
  5. breeding – the production of animals or plants by inbreeding or hybridization
  6. feed – food for domestic livestock
  7. bugs – general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  8. disgust factor –  a part of which gives strong feelings of dislike

 

Perspective Exchange:

  1. Have you tried eating bugs? What kind of bugs? What’s the taste?
  2. If you haven’t eaten any bugs, would you like to try it? Why? Why not?
  3. Do you think eating insects could alleviate hunger in other countries? Do you think it will help our environment? How?

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