Why sustainable foods will ensure the future of the human race
Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? That eating a certain kind of food will help guarantee our future. But it’s unequivocally true. Our children’s children’s lives depend on what we do, right now. And right now, we’re in a bit of a pickle…
There’s 7.5 billion of us, all living side by side on this planet we call earth. We all need to be sheltered, kept safe from harm, hydrated and crucially, fed. By 2050, the United Nations predict that we’ll be pushing 10 billion in number, and that’s an enormous number of mouths to feed.
Globally, the demand for animal-based protein is increasing. The UN have predicted that this demand for meat will increase by 75% between now and 2050. This is in part due to an increase in wealth in countries such as China and India. This wealth means more meat on the tables of homes across these nations.
But eating meat at this rate, isn’t sustainable.
What Is Sustainable Food
The definition of sustainable is, ‘a system that maintains its own viability by using techniques that allow for continual reuse”.
So in terms of food, it relates to food that can be produced using fewer resources, using a system that can be maintained and is viable. The problem is, at the moment the world’s food producers aren’t that good at sustainability.
For example, to produce 1kg of beef takes 15 times more land than producing 1kg of grain. This measly 1kg of beef requires a relatively huge 10kg of feed to produce. Hardly sustainable or mindful of scare resources, huh?!
So short of all becoming vegans, what can we do?
Well, we could try eating crickets…
It takes 12 times less feed to produce the same amount of protein from farmed crickets than it does cattle. For every 15 litres of water used to farm crickets, it takes a whopping 30,000 litres to farm cows. For every 15m2 of space dedicated to cricket farming, cows use up 250m2. Resource-hungry beasts, hmm?
So you can begin to see how sustainable crickets are. And once you’ve got over your squeamishness, and perhaps even tasted some of our outstanding superfood cricket flours, protein powders and pastas, you’ll see how sustainable, and nutritious, the future could be!
The world’s resources are finite. Space, water, fuels; they’re all running out. What gives us the right to use everything up? For the sake of humanity, get on board the cricket train and make a difference!