Tuesday, February 26, 2008

U.N. Conference Promotes Insect-Eating

Three dozen scientists from 15 countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this month, at a U.N.-sponsored conference on promoting bugs as a food source. Crickets, caterpillars and grubs are high in protein and minerals and could be an important food source during droughts and other emergencies, according these scientists. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 1,400 species of insects and worms are eaten in almost 90 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Researchers at the conference detailed how crickets and silk worms are eaten in Thailand, grubs and grasshoppers in Africa and ants in South America. Source: Fox News (via)

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