Insects could just help solve world hunger

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 16:37 PM.

What they lack in size, they more than make up for in weight. The bio-mass of ants alone far exceeds that of the entire human race.

But weight alone is not a solution. If it were just a matter of poundage, one big tree could feed a family for years.

Insects happen to be hugely nutritious. Researchers have tested and analyzed the whole class and their findings are amazing — if you can switch off your imagination.

Butterflies and moths in the larval and pupae stages are full of protein and iron. I’ve already sort of "gone there" via the agave worm in a bottle of mescal. Eating it is supposed to be religious, but it’s sometimes accompanied by blue lights and handcuffs.

Certain bee eggs, larvae or pupae are said to taste like peanuts or almonds. Wasps are said to have a pine-nutty flavor.

Ants are the Weight Watchers of the six-legged world. One hundred grams of red ants provide 14 grams of protein – more than a chicken’s egg – almost 48 grams of calcium and a good hit of iron, among other nutrients.

Mother Nature already knew where the human race probably would have to go to feed its ever expanding populace. Her biggest whale and biggest fish thrive on the smallest of morsels — and that just may be a lesson for us.



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