However creepy the thought, in the future, eating insects could become a commonplace part of our everyday diet. And it’s not as if we’ll be dropping live creepy-crawlies down our throats. They’ll most likely be hidden (and cooked, I’d hope) in lovely, crunchy burgers or protein-filled snacks.
Research last year showed that nearly a third of people in the UK believe that these sorts of insect-based food will be part of our mainstream diet within the next decade. More surprising, 72% of people in this study from the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC) said that they’d support these kinds of technologised food habits.
Amongst things like lab-grown meat and urban farming, this trend is part of a growing effort to find different ways to feed a growing population at a time when traditional farming is becoming more and more stretched due to soil exhaustion and erosion. And rearing cows or producing vegan-alternative soybeans are bad for the climate as they use a disproportionate amount of water and land space. With the population set to grow to nearly 10 billion, any additional food sources must be explored. Imagine the difference it would make if we were to partially replace these resource intensive foods with insects, which need hardly any water, feed or land to harvest; and thus may be the perfect protein addition to feed the proverbial extra 385,000 people showing up at our dinner table each night.