Fight World Hunger: Eat Insects, UN Recommends

Tyler Durden's picture

We, and the TBAC, previously made clear there is a massive shortage of high-quality collateral - the stuff that forms the backbone of modern monetary practice- some $11 trillion to be exact , as the insolvent world encumbers every possible asset that is not nailed down with more and more and more debt. However, we didn't realize that the asset shortage has also spread to food. As it turns out, Malthus may have been right after all. But fear not: the UN has a modest proposal how to resolve this particular asset shortage: Eat Moar Insects, at least according to the FAO's latest report: "Edible insects Future prospects for food and feed security."

BBC explains:

Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report.


The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution.


It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.


However it admits that "consumer disgust" remains a large barrier in many Western countries.

Well, that's where central banks come in: after all the whole point of central-planning is that a few Princeton, Harvard or MIT professors think they can change wholesale human behavior using a few simple stimuli here and there. And if they can succeed in getting Joe Sixpack (or Johnny 5) to buy AMZN at a N/M forward multiple believing it is cheap, then eating insects will be the least of our worries before all this is said and done.

Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently "underutilised" as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security".


"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint," according to the report.


The authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content.


They are "particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children".


Insects are also "extremely efficient" in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report.

More brilliance: "raise the status of insects"

The report suggests that the food industry could help in "raising the
status of insects" by including them in new recipes and adding them to
restaurant menus.


It goes on to note that in some places, certain insects are considered delicacies.


For example some caterpillars in southern Africa are seen as luxuries and command high prices.


Most edible insects are gathered in forests and serve niche markets, the report states.

And so on.

But before all our restauranteur readers scramble to the be the first to trademark the McMantis value meal, we are confident the golden arches is already one step ahead, and is already defining the core concept of its brand new "1 cent" value menu.

And since the convergence of events between 18th century France and the current global situation is becoming too close for comfort, we can now predict that at some point soon, a member of the New Normal aristocracy will announce: "Let them eat insects."

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francis_sawyer's picture

Frankly ~ I have nothing against this proposal... Better than 'Soylent Green' anyway...

Popo's picture

Absolutely nothing wrong with eating insects.  High protein and very delicious.  20 years ago Americans were freaked out by sushi.  Now they gobble it down.   The same will be true for insects.   Spend some time in SE Asia and you'll come around on fried bugs.   Absolutely delicious.   And red ant eggs are a fantastic dinner -- although pricey.

insanelysane's picture

Why would anyone eat insects in SE Asia when they have rivers of dead pigs and other dead animals?

tmosley's picture

Sacrificing meat for insects won't help anything.  The problem is NOT a shortage of food, it is THEFT by the political and bankster classes.  Giving up meat to save money will only allow them to steal more, for longer.

Malthus was NOT right.  Keynes was just wrong is all.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Fight World Hunger: Eat Bugs (Bunny), h_h Recommends

...Terrine of Roach just doesn't have the same appeal.



AldousHuxley's picture

"Let them eat bugs!"

-Oligarch elites

What's cake?
-the hungry

Precious's picture

More insanity from the humanity-loathing, title-worshiping, aristocratic British scum.

After you, Gordon Moore, you fraudulent POS.  I'll stick with the lobster.

Anyway, what do the British know about food. They're a bunch of fucking drunks or queers or both. The only use the British ever had for the French is their cuisine. The idiots never could cook anything useful for themselves.

espirit's picture

Lizards and gators and cockroaches, Oh my!

That's about the only thing going to survive in Chapter 2 of the Global Scorched Earth Playbook.

Unless of course the remaining underground oligarchy dine on stem cell recreated filet mignon fresh from their private reserve laboratories.

johnQpublic's picture

alligator is actually quite tasty

grilled medium it tastes kind of like a porkchop

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

You got to properly trim the fat off it though. The fat is really nasty tasting.

Diogenes's picture

They should start with Cyprus  where they handed over everyone's bank accounts  to billionaire bankers. As for you starving peasants, eat a bug.

johnQpublic's picture

can i buy insects with my EBT card?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You have got to love their attempts to convince people to give  up meat.  Makes me think meat is the only product not scheduled to be tainted by GMO in the next couple years.  More meat on the shelves = lower prices = more meat for the elite.  I saw a BBC article about how you could eat for $7 a week. 

Of course, not one bite of meat the whole week...

Lets see the UN become the standard bearer on this one.  Lets see what they are serving at their next big get-together.  Place your bets people!  Filet mignon, or crickets?

Doña K's picture

I read that lobsters are actually sea insects. number of legs, exoskeleton, antennae etc. I don't mind them. And yes sometime ago squid was discusting to Americans. Now it's everyone's appetizer.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

Well, if you eat crustaceans you may as well eat insects ... at leats most of them aren't toxin-laden scavengers.

francis_sawyer's picture



Yes... "GOURMET" appetizers [I might add]... I'm to understand that you serve them to your "hubby" as he's busily refitting fighter aircraft to bomb Syrian civilians...

So what we all want to know is... Can you recommend a good "wine" to go along with that?...

Divided States of America's picture

This is the Global Central banks are flooding the world with more money everywhere, yet more people need to eat insects as food because they cant afford real food?? Oh yes insect does provide good nutritional value to the diet, according to effin scientists who wouldnt touch the bugs themselves. This world is so fucked up.


monkeyboy's picture

Why would anyone eat insects in SE Asia when they have rivers of dead pigs and other dead animals?


 Hmm well that's a funny bit of synchronicity, Australian news seem to be pumping this 'new' Chinese/Saudi bird/man/bear/pig death flu thing. Lots of pics/footage/imagery linking the floating dead pigs, sars, bird flu & the movie Contagion.

Can you say meme/warning/what's to come ;)

We should also eat more insects here in Oz according to the UN. Don't they know that insects here in Oz eat people?!? Strewth!

GubbermintWorker's picture

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your bugs ?

true brain's picture

Bees are insects. let's start eating bees. They're quite nutritious, and they give you an added buzz in your mouth, like champagne.

Fucken idiotic UN. It's time for total collapse.

Law of conservation is the same. If you eat  insects, what will insects eat to propagate enough mass to sustain you? Ever think about that dumb UN person.

fourchan's picture

they have been pushing this for 20 years, may i reiterate?


Get the un out of the us, and the us out of the un.

NoDebt's picture

Funny you should mention bees.  Remember that whole "Colony Collapse Disorder" thing from a few years ago?  IT'S STILL GOING ON AND GETTING WORSE.  They still have no idea how to stop it.  You may get the collapse you're looking for if there's nothing left but African honey bees.

In other news..... anybody got a good recipe for stink bugs?  We've had ZILLIONS of them the last few years in the N.E. United States.  There's an "underutilized food source!"

Gold Eyed Cat's picture

Recipe for stink bugs: 1 small flock of guinea fowl.  Can be served scrambled, over easy, or as omelet.

Theta_Burn's picture to with the stink bugs...

I've tried 3 diff poisons, (no dilution) and those fuckers are back the next day

You know stink bugs are an Asian invader right?

Some clever individual will make millions extracting the "stink" from these tough fuckers for the best natural insect repellant

Waterfallsparkles's picture

I have had stink bugs too but a day after they come in the die.  I think it is because I sprayed my carpet with Raid flea spray, as I have cats and need to make sure that I do not get fleas in the house.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Waterfallsparkles said:

I have had stink bugs too but a day after they come in the die.  I think it is because I sprayed my carpet with Raid flea spray, as I have cats and need to make sure that I do not get fleas in the house.

Food grade diatomaceous earth (as opposed to the stuff they use in pool filters) can be used both on your carpets and on your cats directly to take care of the fleas. Since it's non-toxic, fleas and other insects can't develop a resistance to it and you don't have the other problems associated with the use of poisons.

It kills other insects, so it'll probably take care of stinkbugs as well.

Make sure to purchase food grade, made from the remains of ancient freshwater sea diatoms. The pool filter grade is made from the remains of ancient saltwater sea diatoms and carries the risk of silicosis from inhalation.

It's good for a lot of other things as well.

The best deal, even with shipping, is buying it by the 50-pound bag.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Just a hunch, but I bet if the chemtrails stopped, bees would thrive again.

RafterManFMJ's picture

So the UN is saying we should eat the banksters? Well, if you insist, UN.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Batter fried cockroach on a stick.

Bearwagon's picture

I agree. If it tastes good (a question of spices, me thinks), why shouldn't we eat it? Nutritional value is quite high, and insects proliferate amazingly ...

Bearwagon's picture

Well, they proliferate amazingly amazing (as Zaphod would say).

CrazyCooter's picture

I can already see the Bugs Bunny product line of insects marketed to kids ... rabbit season! duck season! rabbit season! bug season! <bang>



HulkHogan's picture

I remember eating worms as a child. Slimy, but they weren't that bad.

Lebensphilosoph's picture

If you eat pork you're already eating worms.

Petrus Romanus's picture

I'll have the dung beetle souffle with a nice Chianti please.

Urban Redneck's picture

The FDA approval of dung beetles would be intellectually messy.

NoDebt's picture

Excellent.  But I have a question.  How do you do that so fast?  Do you have "inside information" about upcoming ZH articles pumped to you through your Bloomberg terminal?

williambanzai7's picture

I have a digital vault of 9000 images.

Frastric's picture

I would gladly eat one of those buggers.

WillyGroper's picture

I'd really like to pull their wings off!

TuPhat's picture

Frankly Francis, I liked your former posts better.  The thought of eating bugs makes me sick.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

my wife and i only eat the ones we pick out of each others hair

WhyDoesItHurtWhen iPee's picture

UN is a bunch of needle dick bug fuckers.