Via Melissa Banigan

 

On an alternative source of protein…

Elementary school student Holly Hook takes a deep breath, crinkles her nose and pops a cricket into her mouth. Chewing thoughtfully, she looks up and smiles: “It’s good!”

Although the thought of eating insects might make many parents in the United States cringe, people living in the 80 percent of the world’s countries that consume bugs probably wouldn’t bat an eyelash over Holly’s crunchy snack. Neither would a small, but growing, team of renowned chefs and scientists from across North America who are trying to persuade kids to eat insects at the Brooklyn Bugs festival.

By 2050, there will be more than 9 billion people on the planet. The United Nations estimates that to feed everyone, sustainable food production will have to increase by 70 percent, and bugs will need to be a critical source of protein.

Read on at The Salt.

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