Use in­sects as food, says UK re­port

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

A RE­PORT by the UK gov­ern­ment's Waste and Re­sources Ac­tion Pro­gramme (WRAP) has stated that in­sects should be­come a part of peo­ple's sta­ple diet around the world as an en­vi­ron­ment­friendly al­ter­na­tive to meat. But per­suad­ing con­sumers to over­come the yuck fac­tor would be dif­fi­cult, says the re­port, which as­sessed chal­lenges to the de­vel­op­ment of the food sys­tem in the next 10 years. The re­port also rec­om­mends in­creased consumption of sea­weed. Lab­grown meat is sug­gested as an­other al­ter­na­tive pro­tein source be­cause it re­quires 99 per cent less land to pro­duce and emits 96 per cent less green­house gases. www. down­toearth.org.in

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