Secret Site Map
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Home News Insects as Food for a Growing Population?

Insects as Food for a Growing Population?

International News

A panel of experts recently discussed how insects could be used as a food source for a world population reaching 8 billion, McClatchy reports.

| June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON - As the world's population continues to grow, the issue of how to feed so many people will continue to loom ever larger. McClatchy reports that at a recent panel discussion hosted by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, experts floated a potential new food source for a ballooning world population.

The source, of course, is bugs.

From McClatchy:

"Currently, 70 percent of agriculture land is being used for livestock, [Wageningen University Laboratory and Entomology Head Marcel] Dicke said. But eventually, the demand for livestock will be too great for the land available. When that time comes, Dicke said people will have to turn to other, more sustainable sources of food – however icky they may be.

Insects from more than 1,900 species form parts of the diets of roughly 2 billion people worldwide, according to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The crunchy critters are a good source of protein, iron and calcium."
 
Read the full story at mcclatchydc.com
 

Top news

Rollins Acquires Critter Control

Critter Control is 100% franchised with 114 franchises operating in 40 states and two Canadian provinces. It is the largest wildlife control company in the United States.

Rentokil Acquires Buffalo Exterminating

Rentokil North America has acquired Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Buffalo Exterminating, a leading pest control company in Western New York. The deal closed on Jan. 6, and terms were not disclosed.

Gerbils, Not Rats, May Have Caused Black Death

Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a new study suggests.

More 2014 Angie’s List Award Winners Announced

Angie’s List recently announced the following companies as 2014 Super Service Award winners: Arizona Pest Control, Tucson, Ariz.; Braman Termite and Pest Elimination, Agawam, Mass.; Inspect-All, Conyers, Ga.; and Gannon Pest Control, Solvay, N.Y.

Vetter Pens New Book on the Brown Recluse Spider

‘The Brown Recluse Spider,’ a new publication from spider expert Rick Vetter being published by Cornell University Press, educates readers regarding the biology of the spider and medical aspects of its bites, to reduce the incidence of misdiagnoses, and to quell misplaced anxiety.

x