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Waiter, There's no fly in my soup!

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Transcript of Waiter, There's no fly in my soup!

The Problem
Exponential Birth Rates

9 Billion people by 2030 (FAO 3)

-death from starvation
-food scarcity

Western world has created a stigma that victimizes insects

Overpopulation --> Western Culture
--> Psychology --> Disgust Factor
Appealing to the Senses
Prepare insects as ingredients that appeal to taste, sight, smell, and touch
Health and Nutritional Value
“According to the Entomological Society of America… insects generally contain more protein and are lower in fat than traditional meats” (“What is Entomophagy?”).

100g of cricket has 121 calories, 12.9g of protein, and 5.5g of fat (“What is Entomophagy?”)

100g of ground beef has 288.2 calories, 23.5g of protein, and 21.2g of fat (“What is Entomophagy?”)

Eating 200g of cricket would be twice as filling, give less calories, more protein, and less fat compared to consuming 100g of ground beef.
Using All of Our Resources
Introducing insects into the Western diet is not a matter of choosing one solution over another; it is about utilizing all available resources to sustain life without exhausting them.

Insects are actually more eco-friendly than livestock.

Predictions Based on Past Trends
1) Cigarettes

2) Crustacean consumption

3) Lobster

4) Sushi

A Possible Solution: Insects, a Source of Nuisance or Nutrition?
Insects should be assimilated into the mainstream Western diet because they would help sustain and improve the health of the growing human population and combat the stigma surrounding insects

80% of the world already consumes insects (Zhao)
Waiter, There's no fly in my soup!

What you can do
be open-minded
educate yourself
try it once
Works Cited
"Despite the benefits of entomophagy, consumer disgust remains one of the largest barriers to the adoption of insects as viable sources of protein in many Western countries” (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations 3).
Out of 20: Are insects a valuable food source?

Before nutrition facts, 2 said no, 7 said probably not, 6 said probably, and 5 said yes.

After nutrition facts, 2 said no, 4 said probably not, 7 said probably, and 7 said yes.

Out of 14: Would you try these insect-products?

14 said they would try insect-based protein powder, 14 said they would try a baguette made from insect flour, and 5 said they would try a whole insect.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "The Contribution of Insects to Food Security, Livelihood, and the Environment." Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Apr. 13. Web. 6 Dec. 2014.

Gordon, David G., Chugrad McAndrews, and Karen Luke Fildes. The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Taylor, Kate. "How Food Makers Are Convincing America to Eat Bugs." Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur Media, Inc, 08 Oct. 2014. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

"What is Entomophagy?" Insects Are Food. Nickwardonline.com, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

Zhao, Grace. "The Solution to Food Security: Eat More Bugs?" The Borgen Project. The Borgen Project, 06 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.

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