r/Futurology Oct 07 '22

A Sustainable Life: Eating insects can be good for the planet Environment

https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/lifestyle/a-sustainable-life/27080-a-sustainable-life-eating-insects-can-be-good-for-the-planet
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u/FuturologyBot Oct 07 '22

The following submission statement was provided by /u/vpuetf:


Decarbonizing food is a major problem, and meat alternatives and low carbon meat are the future to solve the climate crisis. We need all meat alternatives to be cheap and widely available. This requires huge investments to decarbonize meat from government and industry, and probably carbon taxes on meat. It's the only way we can have a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world in the face of climate change.


Please reply to OP's comment here: https://old.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/xxn57v/a_sustainable_life_eating_insects_can_be_good_for/ircyfpd/

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u/noodleq Oct 07 '22 Take My Energy

You will eat bugs, and only bugs.....you will have nothing, and be happy about it. And you will eat more bugs, and tell your friends to eat bugs, because, you will save the planet.

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u/mistbrethren Oct 07 '22

Let’s start serving them up in wealthy establishments then! Until its normalized and prices go down!

/s

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u/ooru Oct 07 '22

They have. There's fancy Mexican restaurants that serve grasshopper tacos.

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u/xXSpaceturdXx Oct 07 '22

They are really trying to push the bug thing. I don’t see it happening in America. in an ideal world where that’s not gross and they taste Good, maybe. There will be outliers but we’re not gonna see a lot of this on supermarket shelves.

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u/ooru Oct 07 '22

They were already at my local grocery store a few weeks ago, sold as a protein snack. In Texas.

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u/jgiovagn Oct 07 '22

It can easily get normalized quickly if they can come up with something tasty that doesn't look like bugs. They certain can't just put bugs on the shelves and expect people to buy them, but I imagine they are smart enough to know they have to market them right to normalize them.

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u/SmokeAndPancake42 Oct 07 '22

ITT: lots of people feel very passionately about not eating bugs

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u/EyeSeaYewTheir Oct 07 '22

I'll eat bugs when celebrities and politicians preaching this shit stop flying private or charter.

In other words, I'll get through this chest freezer full of a cow my kids met and named "Bobby". And the next one. And the next. And the next.

Because Bobby is fucking delicious.

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u/Expensive-Safe-5916 Oct 07 '22

Hell no I won't eat bugs even If they told me I fucken die with out eating bugs.

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u/Short_Matter_9955 Oct 07 '22

This is a shitty WEF pushed agenda while they keep destroying the planet and eating meat etc. fuck em and fuck eating bugs

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u/GeneralPokey Oct 07 '22 Snek

So is wiping your butt with a leaf but it’s not how a man gets around!

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u/mtn-man-1965 Oct 07 '22

I will keep my real meat thanks.

There are better ways to help the environment

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u/doomtoothx Oct 07 '22

I will not eat bugs or anything concocted in a lab and I will not become a vegetarian 🤷‍♂️

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u/Random_182f2565 Oct 07 '22 edited Oct 07 '22

This is really stupid, we already have legumes and the law of thermodynamics still apply to bugs.

Bugs are not a real solutions to low the carbon emissions, they still need protein, water and energy to exist, just like mammal cattle, bugs still follow the laws of thermodynamics it's really inefficient to convert one source of energy like corn into another like meat.

If you really care about the environment and know about basic science the best source of food are plants, because you don't have any intermediary that cause a loss in efficiency, if you are concern about getting enough protein there are many crops that can sustain you like legumes for example beans, lentils, chickpeas, soy, peanuts.

Our current model of production is vegetable (corn, soy, etc) -> animal( cattle) -> humans.

Replacing mammals and poultry with bigs don't make a change in the model.

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u/ZIdeaMachine Oct 07 '22

I mean, if it tastes the same and is not gonna waste so many thousands of gallons of water I suppose why not.

Killing countless insects is probably better than killing countless chickens, cows, pigs and lambs etc that have a higher level of intelligence anyways.

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u/mascarenha Oct 07 '22

It's the not eating of meat that matters. If you don't like bugs, eat plant based foods.

Of course, if you do not care about the environment, then don't bother.

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u/StuckinReverse89 Oct 07 '22

Save the planet and get revenge on those pesky noisy bugs lol.

But in all seriousness, some insects taste pretty good once you get over the ick factor. Friend bamboo worms are a good source of protein and actually taste pretty good.

Problem is getting over the image and also cost (bugs are quite expensive here).

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u/vpuetf Oct 07 '22

Decarbonizing food is a major problem, and meat alternatives and low carbon meat are the future to solve the climate crisis. We need all meat alternatives to be cheap and widely available. This requires huge investments to decarbonize meat from government and industry, and probably carbon taxes on meat. It's the only way we can have a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world in the face of climate change.

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u/DreCapitano Oct 07 '22

I'm not eating any fucking bugs.

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u/Dlax8 Oct 07 '22

Bug protein powder is basically just the same as any other type.

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u/DreCapitano Oct 07 '22

That's great but I don't want to consume fuel like I'm a robot. I've eaten crickets and they taste like ass.

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