Worry not. There’s gonna be no backyard earthworm digging or centipede gathering for dinner. We’re not stealing the birds’ food or wiping out the entire bee population. Eating insects is surrounded by prejudice and since it isn’t something you’d normally stumble upon while grocery shopping, it’s quite understandable that people don’t feel at home when it comes to the enchanting world of entomology. Yet.
Can beetle powder save the planet?
Not on its own, but when you look at every individual’s climate impact, the things we put in our mouths are responsible for a big part of our CO2 footprint. Meat is, as you probably know by now, a big sinner, and this is where insects get extra interesting.
Nutrition gone crazy
The nutritional content of insects doesn’t only match the nutrition of meat. It beats it. We use powdered buffalo beetles and crickets which contain high amounts of e.g. protein, fibre, B12, iron, calcium, magnesium, Omega-3 etc. Eating insects is like eating wholegrain, fish and beef all at once.
The world’s most sustainable food
There’s no food out there that provides such high levels of nutrition using such few resources. The production of 1 kg insect protein uses very little feed and water and emits almost no CO2. The insects are farmed vertically and are partly fed food waste, which means that the insects (and especially their feed) don’t take up very much space. The space needed for growing feed for livestock is actually one of the biggest sinners when it comes to environmental degradation. Goodbye, rainforest!
1 kg insects vs. 1 kg Danish minced beef
Well, why not just eat plants?
A vegan or vegetarian diet is topnotch and it’s the right thing to do for a lot of people. There are, however, several reasons for the relevance of insects. For instance, you can find nutrients in insects that are difficult to get from a plant-based diet.
On a larger scale, insects can help feed the world’s growing population. Partly because insects can be farmed in places that are unfit for agriculture - for instance because of drought, limited space or soil degradation.
The production of plant-based food for the entire world isn’t 100% planet-friendly either. The cultivation of vegetables and soy costs both water and land, and since insects are extremely nutritionally dense, you need fewer amounts to gain the same nourishment. Which means that it would be ideal to add insects to a varied green diet.
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What change does it make if I eat beetles?
By eating insects today (and we don't mean whole insects, but dried, finely powdered beetles), you support the development of food that potentially can save the food system of tomorrow. So, you basically support the planet. Furthermore, insects taste awesome (of umami) and they grant you a nutrition boost that’s out of this world.
Next step for the planet lover
If insects have sparked your interest, you can either read more about the food of the future here, or try it out for yourself with a pretty good offer on a perfect cocoa orange flavoured beginner’s bar filled with dates, roasted almonds and nutty powdered buffalo beetles. It’s a healthy snack with delicious notes of Jaffa cakes.