Eating insects in the futureAs the population rises, depleting our current sustainable food sources seems less like just a doomsday fantasy. At this point, it’s all but inevitable. And eating insects instead of a juicy burger may seem like a Fear Factor challenge, not a reasonable diet. But experts claim diets rich in caterpillars and silkworms offer a healthy, sustainable alternative to current food habits. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN), insects “contain high quality protein, vitamins and amino acids for humans.” So put down the can of bug spray and pick up the frying pan. Because we’re all going to be eating insects in the future when our current food sources run dry.
By the year 2050, experts project that the global population will expand to a staggering 9 billion people. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this increase will result in a shortage of agricultural land, water, forest, fishery and biodiversity resources. With farmable land and livestock growing thin, humans will need to turn to other food sources for energy.