Scientists say that very soon the planet will switch from meat to eating insects!
Put aside the burger and pay attention to the "meat" of crickets and worms. Scientists say that replacing beef with all kinds of insects will play a huge role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
What are you ready to go to save the planet? Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that replacing half the meat that is eaten in the world with crickets and mealworms will help reduce the amount of land currently used in agriculture for cattle grazing. Moreover, it will also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The transition of even a small number of people to the "meat" of insects can be useful for the planet, the researchers believe. Even such small changes in consumer behavior, like using chicken instead of beef, reducing the amount of waste from food,as well as the use of insects in the diet, will save natural resources and, therefore, will benefit the planet.
This opinion was voiced by Dr. Peter Alexander from the School of Geography at the University of Edinburgh and the Rural College of Scotland.
What to replace the beef
In the Global Food Security journal, research results appeared, during which scientists first compared traditional meat production with alternative food sources such as insects, meat substitutes, such as tofu, and laboratory-grown meat.
Insects and meat substitutes are currently the most profitable, because their production requires a small amount of resources, such as energy and land. Beef production is the most costly, since emissions from cattle breeding constitute a significant portion of anthropogenic greenhouse gases — as much as 65 percent, according to United Nations data.
During the study, tested and grown in the laboratory of meat. Scientists have discovered that the same area of land is needed for its production as for raising chickens and getting eggs, but the energy that is spent in the process requires much more.Laboratory-grown or “cultured” meat is often called the next big step for the meat industry and the environment.
However, this study suggests that the claimed benefits of producing cultured meat cannot be justified. The whole process — from laboratory testing to processing the product using sterilization and hydrolysis — is ultimately no more efficient than poultry farming. In addition, at present it is quite an expensive process. Scientists say that in the near future it is worth exploring the advantages and disadvantages of large-scale insect rearing.
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