Insects named as the main food for the future of humanity

Insects named as the main food for the future of humanity

Environmental problems, global warming and the growing population of the planet will lead to the fact that insects will become the main source of proteins for humans.

Such scenarios are called experts and representatives of food companies, writes “BBC”.

The number of people on the planet is expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, an increase of two billion.

With this amount of demand, traditional agriculture will find it difficult to provide the required amount of food.

Professor Robin May, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Food Standards Agency, notes that the cost of producing insect proteins is low and that they are also easy to produce with low fat and less environmental impact than traditional mammalian meat.

“Sometimes they can even provide valuable recycling services by consuming waste as their main feed, so the potential benefits to society are significant,” says the professor.

Thus, the Israeli company Hargol FoodTech has launched the production of locust jelly candies with the addition of flavors.

This marmalade contains a high concentration of animal-like protein that is essential for the human diet.

Locust tastes like exotic pecans, mushrooms, coffee and chocolate, said CEO Drod Tamir. At the same time, the marmalade itself can be with orange and strawberry flavors.

According to the head of the Israeli enterprise, compared to the production of beef, the same locust reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 99 percent, reduces the use of water and arable land.

Locusts and mealworms have already been recognized as fit for human consumption in the EU. For example, the French firm Ynsect makes a number of mealworm protein powders that are already found in some brands of energy bars, pasta and hamburgers.

However, the possible negative effects of insect products on humans are still poorly understood.

Researchers have not yet established what allergic reactions insect protein can cause and how it affects microorganisms inside the person himself.

Bridget Benelam, public relations manager for the British Nutrition Foundation, is confident more research is needed.

She recalled that eating certain types of insects can be dangerous because of the toxins and pesticides they contain.

Artificial meat is also gaining popularity in the world. Impossible Foods, the world’s largest soybean meat manufacturer, began selling nuggets in American restaurants for the first time, and the German company Formo raised $ 50 million to produce artificial cheeses.

Food Political