“CBS Saturday Morning” aired a segment suggesting that adding insects into a diet could benefit a world affected by “climate change.”
The segment said that meat alternatives include soybean-derived proteins, or other high-carbon food, while describing the efforts by climate “experts” and scientists to explore farming bugs to protect the planet.
“We all know how important insects are for the environment, but climate researchers say bugs could be a game changer in the fight to protect the planet in ways you may not have imagined,” host Dana Jacobson said.
“Adding some insects to the mix is customary in the kitchen in some parts of the world. Now climate experts think the protein-packed pests could offer a real solution to the global food crisis. Scientists in Germany are not pushing to get the critters your plate, they see another benefit,” reporter Tina Kraus explained.
One of the scientists interviewed said that their intention is not to force bugs onto restaurant menus but instead use them as an alternative for animal feed.
“To have a more sustainable production of proteins, we need this and I see insects as a perfect tool,” the scientist argued. “And you can make so many things out of insects, and to make the world better.”
Kraus explained that this development resulted from a “large-scale growth of soybeans” that has been “blamed for extensive deforestation” while farming bugs require less food and water to sustain.
“It’s estimated up to 1.2 trillion insects are raised on farms each year as companies race to find a high-protein, low-carbon solution to feed animals and the world’s population,” Kraus stated.
Jackson concluded by saying that insect farming is gaining popularity worldwide and that researchers are busy trying to find dietary solutions that are “climate-friendly.”
CBS segment highlights how adding bugs to the food system 'could be a game-changer' to fight climate change
If you thought masks were bad, wait until they try to make you to eat bugs
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Climate change activists, including world leaders, have advocated for people to incorporate bugs into their diets to protect the planet.
In March 2023, a Utah school teacher was caught on video asserting to her students that eating begs is essential to help the environment.
“We don’t want to eat bugs and it’s gross. But should we be eating bugs? Yeah, because we’re killing the world by raising cows and animals. So we need to, not get rid of cows, but like, try to balance our diet so that not so much of our land is being used to raise cows, cause it’s killing the Ozone layer,” the teacher said.
“All the evidence has suggested, that we probably should be eating bugs – it’s good for the environment, etc. But I didn’t know that that was an offensive topic to indicate,” the teacher added.