Food and climate change are inextricably linked: global warming and changes in rainfall have a major impact on our food security, and our diets are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Agricultural emissions are thought to account for around 30% of global emissions, with livestock responsible for half of these. Although there is a role for improved farming practices to reduce emission intensity, dietary patterns will need to change to avoid catastrophic consequences. … [Read more...] about Eating less meat isn’t just good for you, it could save the planet
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Does the return of Noma suggest that edible ants are back? Promoted as part of the sustainable-food drive, insects are often discussed, but rarely eaten. Ants suffer particularly short shrift, probably because they are small, bitter and viewed as a novelty for events such as expensive album launches. They contain protein, but in the meritocracy of sustainability they pale in comparison to the I’m a Celebrity classic, the witchetty grub, which is high in protein and vitamin C and tastes like almonds. … [Read more...] about Ants in your pans – can I get the bug for eating insects?
The research from the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), an industry group promoting the use of controversial genetically modified (GM) crops in the UK, also suggests that 72% of people support increased emphasis on technology, such as new plant breeding techniques including gene editing, to tackle crop shortages. … [Read more...] about Grubs up: a third of Britons think we’ll be eating insects by 2029
Yet the evidence that our diets are the largest cause of climate change and biodiversity loss is now overwhelming. The global food system is responsible for up to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, the livestock sector on its own accounting for about half of that total or 14.5%. The modern western way of eating is also making very large numbers of people fat and sick as other parts of the world adopt it. Diet-related diseases now cause roughly 11 million deaths a year as preventable cancers, heart disease and strokes, obesity and diabetes have spread along with our way of eating. More than 800 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished, and 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, yet at the same time 2 billion are overweight or obese. In poorer counties you can even find obesity and stunting within the same family as calorie-heavy but nutrient-light processed industrialised foods are adopted. … [Read more...] about The way we eat is killing us – and the planet
In a cafe not far from his home in Bristol, where he has been testing different mealworm diets in his bedroom, Anderson whips out a sketch pad and draws tray, mesh and netting systems he has considered as ways to help mechanically separate his mealworms into their different life stages as part of plans to use automation to lower prices to £25 a kg. “This is never going to approach hitting the mainstream if it is way more expensive than what we currently eat,” he says. … [Read more...] about The worm has turned: how British insect farms could spawn a food revolution