• search
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Insects are an ecological and tasty alternative to meat, advises scientist

By Super Admin

London, July 19 (ANI): A Dutch scientist has advised people to consume insects as a replacement for beef, after he learned that around 70 percent of the world's agricultural land is being used for meat production.

Entomologist Marcel Dicke while speaking at the TEDGlobal 2010 conference in Oxford said that insects are an ecologically sound and tasty alternative to meat.

Dicke, a professor at the Netherlands' Wageningen University, said that while 10kg of feed generates just 1kg of beef, 3kg of pork or 5kg of chicken, the same amount could sustain 9kg of locusts, reports The Independent.

He also said that insects produce substantially less waste than mammals and have nutritional benefits. They are also rich in protein, essential amino acids, iron and vitamins.

According to Dicke the average person eats up to 500g of the insects each year, through processed vegetable-based products and foods dyed with insect derivatives.

Around 1,400 different species of insect are eaten around the world. (ANI)

For Daily Alerts
Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more