Healthy al­ter­na­tives to po­tato chips – ants, crick­ets, roaches

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his home in ru­ral Costa Rica, bi­ol­o­gist Fed­erico Pa­ni­agua joined his fam­ily at the din­ing ta­ble to de­vour sev­eral types of in­sects that he raised on his farm and whose flavour he com­pares to po­tato chips. The head of the Univer­sity of Costa Rica’s In­sects Mu­seum de­cided three years ago to re­place an­i­mal pro­tein in his diet with crick­ets, ants, cock­roaches, bee­tles and other in­sects — and wants to en­cour­age others to do the same. “In­sects are de­li­cious,” he said. “Eat them one by one, with a glass of soda... they’ll go down well,” said Pa­ni­agua. The United Na­tions’ Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion has counted more than 1,900 in­sect species that are ed­i­ble. Their pro­po­nents also note that bugs emit fewer green­house gases and less am­mo­nia than cat­tle or pigs. “They are go­ing to taste like po­tato chips,” Pa­ni­agua said.

Half of high-in­come mil­len­ni­als ages 30 to 34 fear they will have to work for­ever be­cause they won’t be able to save enough to re­tire. That’s one take­away from a re­cent study that fo­cused on high-in­come mil­len­ni­als, those with a min­i­mum an­nual in­come of $100,000 for sin­gle peo­ple or $150,000 for mar­ried or part­nered mil­len­ni­als.

The sur­vey was con­ducted by the Spec­trem Group, a wealth ad­vi­sory com­pany, and of­fers in­sight for the de­mo­graphic that came of age dur­ing Amer­ica’s worst eco­nomic cri­sis since the Great De­pres­sion. In par­tic­u­lar, mil­len­ni­als that are now 30-34 years old — mean­ing that they likely grad­u­ated from col­lege in the depths of the downturn, when hir­ing in many in­dus­tries had dried up — are the most cog­nisant of or con­cerned about fi­nances.

That “mid­dle” co­hort, scarred by mem­o­ries of a dis­mal em­ploy­ment mar­ket, are also far more will­ing to work at a job that they might not like than their younger or older peers. High-in­come mil­len­ni­als un­der 29, who grad­u­ated from col­lege when the US econ­omy had started to re­cover, are more op­ti­mistic, the sur­vey found. They’re more will­ing to hold out for a job they en­joy, and less wor­ried about hav­ing to work for­ever.


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