Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have proposed that the world begin eating insects, as opposed to traditional animal meats. The reason? The researchers claim that bugs produce less greenhouse gases than animals such as pigs, and therefore we should all begin chowing down on crickets and locusts. While this sounds ludicrous, and it is, real problems could arise if the United Nations or other powerful organizations begin backing this ridiculous ideology under the guise of environmentalism.
Eating Insects to Save the Planet
Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the Wageningen University researchers compared the greenhouse gas emissions of mealworms, crickets, locusts and pigs. Particularly with methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), the insects produced far lower emissions than pigs did overall. The study also examined ammonia emissions, which were lower in bugs. The true insanity of this study can be found in the fact that the researchers are actually advocating a worldwide adaption to the ‘bug diet’. Instead of mentioning the fact that the global climate changes in regards to the solar cycle, the study goes on to pretend that animals emiting carbon dioxide is the main reason for global climate change – and thus people should being eating insects. Yum.
What the researchers did not examine, however, is how producing bugs for human consumption could affect the environment. In addition, it was not mentioned how the farm animals were raised. Organic farms that do not use antibiotics and hormone injections lead to more environmentally-friendly results. Besides the lack of information in regards to how eating insects might affect the environment, the study also forgets to mention that CO2 is vital to plant life. Plants need CO2 in order to survive, and when they take in CO2, they release oxygen for humans and other mammals to breathe. Bringing CO2 emissions down to extremely low levels will lead to less plant life, and thus take a toll on the environment as a whole.
While real environmental preservation efforts exist, such as targeting the pollution of toxic gases in major cities worldwide, forcing the world population to begin eating insects due to lower CO2 emissions is not real environmental change. The insanity that goes along with pushing such extreme “green” practices is quite astounding. On a consumer level, oftentimes many “green” products are loaded with even more environmental contaminants than other products on the the shelves.