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With population growing sporadically and with more mouths to feed, scientists are attempting to incorporate insects into our food.

According to Reuters, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.1 billion by 2050. This number means that a 70% increase in food production is needed.

Researchers in Wroclaw Poland are trying to see if insects are an option for feeding the potential mouths to feed. Hence, these scientists are putting insects into chocolate, salad, etc. All this is an effort to make the idea of eating insects a little more appetising for the future generations.

 

One of the researchers Joanna Biesiada says: “Generally, they have more protein than fat so for some this is important. In addition to high protein content, they also have large amounts of elements such as iron, potassium and sodium.”

Why are insects an option?

Insects could be a cheap — and importantly, a really efficient — source of protein. Here are other reasons the researchers chose insects.

1. Insects require less water than crops

2. They require fewer resources than poultry and beef

3. Insects don’t produce as much methane as cows

4. They’re also able to turn a lot of what we throw away into energy, so we’d be cutting down on global waste.

Nigerians are way ahead

Termites, often known as “esusu” and “chinge”, are a common snack for some parts of Nigeria and are one of the weird things Nigerians eat. These insects come out of the bush en masse when rain falls and start circling around any source of light that they see.

 

Nigerians pack them and roast them with salt inside the pot. The white fluid that sometimes comes out of them is not pleasing to the eye.


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