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Fight World Hunger: Eat Insects, UN Recommends

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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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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3555967 francis_sawyer
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Frankly ~ I have nothing against this proposal... Better than 'Soylent Green' anyway...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:28 | 3555984 monkeyboy
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Can we has cake too?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555989 Pladizow
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NO! No cake for you!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3556019 Popo
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:35 | 3556026 insanelysane
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Why would anyone eat insects in SE Asia when they have rivers of dead pigs and other dead animals?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3556043 tmosley
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:53 | 3556057 hedgeless_horseman
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Fight World Hunger: Eat Bugs (Bunny), h_h Recommends

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



Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:03 | 3556159 AldousHuxley
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"Let them eat bugs!"

-Oligarch elites

What's cake?
-the hungry

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:37 | 3556264 Precious
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:38 | 3556300 espirit
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:42 | 3556317 johnQpublic
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alligator is actually quite tasty

grilled medium it tastes kind of like a porkchop

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:15 | 3557057 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You got to properly trim the fat off it though. The fat is really nasty tasting.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:30 | 3556271 Diogenes
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They should start with Cyprus  where they handed over everyone's bank accounts  to billionaire bankers. As for you starving peasants, eat a bug.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:41 | 3556315 johnQpublic
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can i buy insects with my EBT card?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3556065 Herd Redirectio...
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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?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:42 | 3556323 johnQpublic
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soilent cricket

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:59 | 3556108 Doña K
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:59 | 3556144 Lebensphilosoph
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Well, if you eat crustaceans you may as well eat insects ... at leats most of them aren't toxin-laden scavengers.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 14:13 | 3557032 francis_sawyer
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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?...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:41 | 3556044 Divided States ...
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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.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:16 | 3556193 monkeyboy
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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!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3556066 GubbermintWorker
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How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your bugs ?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3555997 true brain
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3556028 fourchan
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3556042 NoDebt
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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!"

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:03 | 3556162 Gold Eyed Cat
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Recipe for stink bugs: 1 small flock of guinea fowl.  Can be served scrambled, over easy, or as omelet.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:23 | 3556250 Theta_Burn
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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

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:04 | 3556392 Waterfallsparkles
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:40 | 3556526 TheFourthStooge-ing
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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.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:49 | 3556566 FreeNewEnergy
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Just a hunch, but I bet if the chemtrails stopped, bees would thrive again.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:34 | 3556505 RafterManFMJ
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So the UN is saying we should eat the banksters? Well, if you insist, UN.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:42 | 3556534 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Batter fried cockroach on a stick.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555985 BobPaulson
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555987 Bearwagon
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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 ...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:41 | 3556049 OpTwoMistic
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go ahead.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:17 | 3556223 Bearwagon
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Well, they proliferate amazingly amazing (as Zaphod would say).

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555991 CrazyCooter
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I can already see the Bugs Bunny product line of insects marketed to kids ... rabbit season! duck season! rabbit season! bug season! <bang>



Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555993 HulkHogan
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I remember eating worms as a child. Slimy, but they weren't that bad.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:05 | 3556170 Lebensphilosoph
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If you eat pork you're already eating worms.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3556005 Petrus Romanus
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I'll have the dung beetle souffle with a nice Chianti please.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3556058 Urban Redneck
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The FDA approval of dung beetles would be intellectually messy.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:33 | 3556015 williambanzai7
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Bon Appetitto!


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3556073 NoDebt
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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?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:14 | 3556204 williambanzai7
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I have a digital vault of 9000 images.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:17 | 3556227 Frastric
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I would gladly eat one of those buggers.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:35 | 3557432 WillyGroper
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I'd really like to pull their wings off!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:40 | 3557461 TuPhat
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Frankly Francis, I liked your former posts better.  The thought of eating bugs makes me sick.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:25 | 3555968 the not so migh...
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my wife and i only eat the ones we pick out of each others hair

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:30 | 3555995 WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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UN is a bunch of needle dick bug fuckers.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3556018 the not so migh...
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let them eat wombats

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3556077 Agent P
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Did you know wombats poop cubes?  Google it if you don't believe me.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:59 | 3556143 the not so migh...
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thats some messed up stuff Agent P

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:04 | 3556164 Agent P
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8th Wonder of the World as far as I'm concerned.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3555969 Aurora Ex Machina
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Told you so; the real money will be in industrializing the process to include waste management from urban centers and producing the "pink slime" version for mass market fast food. The up side is it might also cure some of the obesity epidemic.


Key words: black soldier fly farming.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:35 | 3555970 Ratscam
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Soon they,ll recommend to eat rats.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3555973 U4 eee aaa
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My Spidey sense is tingling

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3555975 ToNYC
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Lobsters are sea cockroaches. I'm in.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3555976 yogibear
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So when the IMF, US etc all hyperinflate out of debt and regular food becomes too expensive start eating insects.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3556017 francis_sawyer
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Y'all are missing the whole fucking point...


PAPER commodity market in 'insects' coming in 5...4...3...2... ETF ticker symbol = 'BUGS'

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:48 | 3556076 oddjob
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The BUGS inverse ETF could have the symbol RAID

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:25 | 3556245 francis_sawyer
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Now THAT was funny (+1)


No more 'oddjobs' for you... You're clearly gifted... A career in banking awaits...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3555977 pan
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Paleo diet bitchez!


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3555981 BobPaulson
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I ate the grasshoppers in Mexico recently. There are more disgusting things than that I guess. It's all about the spices.

Every new innovation in crop yeild and food industrialization facilities more population growth man. Just got to get the few countries that continue to have exponential population growth to get over that hump and we may have a chance. If you look at the strongest indicator of flat population it is women's education. Girls go to school, we eat less grasshoppers...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3555983 fonzannoon
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who actually get's these reports?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3556080 kito
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hey fonz, they are creating a hybrid insect/rabbit that reproduces at high rates........they are going to call it bugs bunny..............

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555988 Bastiat
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Lobster is a sort of seagoing cockroach, so I'm in.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3555990 Winston Churchill
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The Burmese used to eat deep  fried grasshopper as a snack.

Didn't care for it myself.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:56 | 3556127 Pure Evil
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Don't asians like to eat fried scorpions?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:05 | 3556168 TSA gropee
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Yup, seen em' served up on a stick like a kabob.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:30 | 3555992 Doubleguns
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Should start an insect farm. Do bugs eat bankers. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:33 | 3556016 U4 eee aaa
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Better get FDA approval first

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3556037 MsCreant
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I wouldn't abuse the bugs that way. I'd serve them dog shit first...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:30 | 3555996 colin
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we should eat the banksters

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3556006 mayhem_korner
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Banksters should be a couple notches below insects on the food chain.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3555998 mayhem_korner
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Big 17 year locust brood out in the US this year.  Bag 'em up & serve 'em with honey as a John the Baptist special.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:48 | 3556092 Totentänzerlied
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Cicadas. Up to a 1.5 million per acre. Once the ground hits about 68F, watch out.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3556000 kito
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the developed world throws away something to the tune of 50% of its food.......and we tell the developing world to eat insects............................something about that just bugs me.......................

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:43 | 3556055 Dr. Engali
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Buh dump bump.....ching

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:48 | 3556086 kito
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the good news doc is that they dont have to waste ammo to go insect hunting.................

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3556001 Martin T
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A rate became the unit of a currency...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3556002 squidhockey
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Beats the shit out of eating overly processed, nutritionless GMO shite like refined wheat and soybean oil. I'm in.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3556003 dolph9
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Remember when you were young, and you were manipulated and shown pictures of starving African kids, and Bono sang to you to keep on giving aid to feed the world?

This is the result.  7 billion people eating insects.

Bono never sang to you about giving condoms and birth control to people, did he?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:33 | 3556013 mayhem_korner
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If Bono sang to you when you were young, you are still young.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:35 | 3556025 Bearwagon
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Well, at least "Birthcontrol" did sing about that. (I admit that it was much longer ago.)

Birthcontrol, 'Gamma Ray':

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:56 | 3556607 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The 20-minute version of Gamma Ray from the 1974 Birth Control Live album is amazing:

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3556036 Seasmoke
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I think that was what With or Without You , was about.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:42 | 3556051 e-recep
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Bono's net worth : $600 Million

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:52 | 3556104 Agent P
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I remember learning the concept of irony when I was young from a very overweight Sally Struthers telling me about starving children in Africa.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3556007 mademesmile
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 Eat gummy worms.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3556009 Dr. Engali
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Isn't that the point of chained CPI? One day you're eating steak and before you know it you're eating worms. Granny on SSI starts out eating Fancy Feast and ends up eating Alpo.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:43 | 3556060 NoDebt
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Chained CPI is a different maipulation.  Your're thinking of the other one that lets new iPads have higher value (lower cost) than old iPads.  I forget what it's called but it's a different manipulation scheme.

You gotta keep your manipulation schemes straight or those numbers might just lose all statistical value!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:53 | 3556099 Dr. Engali
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No you are thinking about hedonic regression ,which where if they add a new feature but keep it the same price then that is deflationary. Chained CPI is when people start out with a higher quality item (steak) then trade down to a lower quality item (worms)because of cost factors.The lower quality item then becomes the reference point for inflation metrics.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:55 | 3556123 Agent P
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You can call it whatever you want, I ain't eating no fucking bugs.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:24 | 3556469 FieldingMellish
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Indeed it is. I see this as a wonderful opportunity by our statists to apply both! Switch from steak to worms (chained) and then from worms to new GMO worms with improved benefits! Tastes more like chicken! Inflation? What inflation? Buy bonds and eat your worms.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:55 | 3556124 Herd Redirectio...
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Hedonics.  A relative hedonics adjustment or modifier.  Some nonsense like that.

Apples are up, but its ok, because you have a newfound love for oranges!  And when you get tired of oranges, and the price of apples is still high...  Uhhh.... 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:33 | 3556012 Hulk
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I believe I will continue to let my chickens continue to be the intermediary. They seem to love the little buggers and are already low to the ground...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3556021 caimen garou
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hey UN how about you eat shit, oh sorry you already do!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3556022 white_guy
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let them eat yellowcake

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3556039 Bearwagon
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That's way too valuable ...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3556032 e-recep
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Marie Antoinette moment of our era.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3556033 ross81
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South African readers will be familiar with the Parktown Prawn. Yummy!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:59 | 3556146 Frank N. Beans
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The prawns in District 9 are much bigger


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3556040 Mad Mohel
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If they ground the buggers up and served them in McPuke burgers no one would notice. I bet they would be more nutritious than whatever shit is in there now. Not a bad idea.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:52 | 3556355 espirit
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Probably working on it right now... in India.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3556041 LeisureSmith
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Grow more Hemp. Fiber, Food/Feed/Fuel and pest/weed control all in one. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:42 | 3556053 Bearwagon
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So now everyone knows the reason, why that's illegal nearly everywhere ....

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:51 | 3556107 LeisureSmith
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Yep. "Competition is a sin" and all that jazz. Fuck that jazz.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3556045 tuttisaluti
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I have abundant giant african snails around my property. somebody interested??

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:53 | 3556360 espirit
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Must be in Miami-Dade.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:23 | 3556421 Aurora Ex Machina
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Ever wondered why Miami is so bat-shit crazy?


Hint: Mercury. You couldn't pay me to live there.



Today, Atkeson heads the Department of Environmental Protection’s Mercury Program, which since its launch in 1992 has seen, all told, about $12 million poured into a search for answers to Florida’s troubling mercury dilemma. The issue goes beyond the oft-told story of mankind’s insults to nature and touches on the physical and chemical characteristics of a dangerous environmental contaminant that’s in a class of its own.

The Chipola River mercury finding in 1983 is an example of what scientists like to call “counterintuitive,” that is, the facts don’t seem to add up the way common sense might dictate they should. Although mercury is a natural element and as such is ubiquitous in the environment, whenever it’s found in any elevated levels in fish or other wildlife it’s usually associated with pollution. Most of that is tied to mercury’s use in a number of heavy industrial processes--from the burning of coal in power plants to the smelting of iron and other ores. The peaceful Chipola lay many leagues away from any such operations, and except for the vestiges of the Sapp assault, flows in seagreen coils through near-pristine wilderness even today. [1997]

Mercury study to congress, EPA [1997 Warning PDF] - back when it did what it was supposed to and wasn't entirely captured.


The concentrations of Hg in wet-only and bulk precipitation samples varied seasonally, with the concentrations being 2-3 times higher during the wet season months. The volume-weighted mean concentrations for the urban (FM, AT, FL, EN) and rural (FS, TT, EG, EGG) sites in southern Florida were very similar, while the northern (CV, LB) andmarine sites (CK, BS) were significantly lower (Table 1) [2001 FAMS report - warning PDF]


"Women in Martin County have the highest methylmercury contamination nationally, according to data from similar studies: Martin County women were at 25 percent, Duval County at 7 percent, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were at 16 percent, while 12 percent was the national average." [2011]

Miami, Florida – Florida’s power plants emit more mercury pollution than power plants in 35 other states, according to brand new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data outlined in Environment Florida’s latest report, America’s Biggest Mercury Polluters. The report found that in total, power plants in Florida emitted 1,522 pounds of mercury pollution in 2010. Environment Florida’s report comes as EPA is set to finalize a standard to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants next month.[2011]



That's good for your genetics and IQ.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:05 | 3558211 trader1
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i thought it had to do with the bath salts...?

and all the other hardcore drug use...


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3556046 Spastica Rex
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I once ate some deep fried giant water bugs. Really weird, but tasty.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:41 | 3556050 Dr. Engali
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I ate chocolate covered grasshoppers as a dare when I was a kid. I about choked to death on one of the legs.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3556047 Magnum
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Everyday is Halloween in the New World Order.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:42 | 3556052 Spastica Rex
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And Ministry used to be a new wave band.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3556048 Quinvarius
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Why do I get the feeling I am suddenly going to find out I have been eating insects all along?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:17 | 3556229 Village-idiot
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Most people in N. America are unknowingly eating GMOs so why not insects as well!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3556061 muleskinner
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Everybody will have to eat insects or the insects will take over the earth!


We need something to hold up the sky so it won't fall!


What, the ocean going to be empty of fish?


20 billion birds on the North American continent and plenty of wildlife, but insects are the food of choice?


Stupidity is infinite.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:19 | 3556430 Aurora Ex Machina
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20 billion birds and 300 million people eating a bird every two days. Can you work out how many days supply that is?


The USA alone produces / consumes 36,406,000,000 pounds of poultry flesh per year (USA Chicken Council) which is significantly higher than your rough estimate of actual populations, given you get more than 1lb of meat per chicken.



Again, maths, you're not good at it. Nor do you have any idea about the scale of industrial farming.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3556062 gamera9
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So would a 1996 Cicada be a rare vintage?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:15 | 3556214 Village-idiot
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Maybe. But it's not as rare as my 1954 Beetle.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3556064 XitSam
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How come people object to horsemeat in their burger, when insect eating is advcated?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:14 | 3556208 Village-idiot
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Few people object to eating horse meat. The problem is many of the horses in the European meat were given a drug that is used in horses but is dangerous to humans.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 05:35 | 3559502 swiss chick
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and it was fraud!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3556068 news printer
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But, but insects are contaminated with chemicals just like plants :)

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3556071 cherry picker
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Will insects continue to be free, or will .gov and big corporations find a way to get their cut before you stuff that fat juicy cockroach down your throat? :)

Hunger is not a funny thing and neither is what they are doing to us.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:47 | 3556083 Catullus
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Ah, normative economics. Thanks for telling us that bugs are underutilized. Spam is underutilized too when you just as well eat ham. But that's just the rest of the world being "irrational" accordIng to some model that you developed.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:51 | 3556109 They trynna cat...
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Rather than resorting to eating insects, here's a radical, revolutionary suggestion for third worlders who never seem to have enough food:

Stop having so many damned kids.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:06 | 3556175 Herd Redirectio...
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I am pretty sure that one American kid will eat three times as much food (never mind consumer goods) as the avg. African or SE Asian kid, during his childhood.

So then ask yourself, are there 3x as many new births in the 3rd world, over the developed world?  No.  Maybe about 2.5 times as much.   So which kids are the ones causing overconsumption?  The African and SE Asian kids?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:11 | 3556189 Village-idiot
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Your argument is BS. Americans have one third as many children so the one child gets three times as much as the over-producing third-world children.

If Africans had fewer children then those children would have more food available.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:14 | 3556210 Herd Redirectio...
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You tend not to have fewer children when you are constantly worried your child(ren) won't live past age 6.

What I am saying is, people in the (former) first world need to be less critical of consumption habits in the third world. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:09 | 3556414 They trynna cat...
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The reality is that many in Europe and America forego children or have less than they want because they--shocker--actually consider the cost of raising them before ejaculating inside a female.

The third worlders who were born in Europe and America, just like their kinsmen back in the third world, think of nothing but their own immediate gratification before they ejaculate in a female. To make matters worse, like the Haitian security guard in my office building once told me 'Don't worry, man, in America government pay for your kids.'

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:14 | 3556207 Lebensphilosoph
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So which kids are the ones causing overconsumption?


The ones whose parents can't sustain them. Next please.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:16 | 3556220 Herd Redirectio...
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Yes, Africa's resource curse was self-forming...  Not like their leaders were bribed by American/Euro corporations to sell out their people...  its their own fault for being sold out by corrupt leaders.  Is that about right?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:31 | 3556268 Lebensphilosoph
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Yes, Africa's resource curse was self-forming...


Most of Arica's land is not, has never been, and will never be arable. There is no possible way to sustain 1 billion lives on that continent without food coming from elsewhere.


If you're having more children than you know you will be able to feed then, yes, your food resource problem is 'self-forming'. Oh those poor little victimised non-sentient black people, what? Can't think for themselves, can they?


Not like their leaders were bribed by American/Euro corporations to sell out their people...


Yes, just as it happened in Zimbabwe, right? You know, the former breadbasket of Africa under the rule of the evil Englich colonists. Get out of here, you know-nothing.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:05 | 3556400 Herd Redirectio...
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For sure, the Israelis (Mossad) Americans (CIA) British (MI6) and Mugabe had nothing to do with each other...

And that is worthless, no one is interested in destabilizing countries, you know, by installing despots, having them pillage a formerly self-sufficient stable coutnry.  How do you make money from that? 

"In 1982, the Reagan administration added Zimbabwe to its list of countries eligible to receive US military aid."

"From 1983-1987, Mugabe conducted a genocidal campaign of violence against the people of Zimbabwe's Matabeleland."

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:06 | 3556405 Herd Redirectio...
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BTW, because your posts start with italics they can't be down-arrowed.  Lucky, and in this case, convenient as well.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:47 | 3556555 XitSam
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Again, it is not italics that make posts easily unvoteable. It is blockquote. Note: I upvoted his comment the hard way.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:42 | 3556319 cherry picker
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God's first commandment, written in the book of Genesis, before Moses brought down the other ten rules, was "Go forth and multiply"

Seeing that a large part of this world's population believe in the Abrahamic religions, they are doing what God wanted.  :)

There is a bit of problem there isn't there.  :)

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 05:39 | 3559505 swiss chick
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like bankers, doing Gods work!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 10:57 | 3556136 NobleSavage
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I would like to see the POMO crew eat some NYC cockroaches.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:07 | 3556179 Village-idiot
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Wouldn't that be canibalism?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:06 | 3556173 Village-idiot
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Many insects such as flies carry parasites. I see some serious parasitic diseases, especially intestinal, arising in the near future. Some never seen before in the Western World.

I think I'll leave the insects in my back garden alone. The birds need them more than I do, to feed their young.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 12:22 | 3556462 Aurora Ex Machina
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Some species do not.


And insect <> mammal disease vectors are well studied (*cough* malaria *cough*).

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:11 | 3556194 the tower
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Actually, insects could very well be used to make all sorts of fast food, where the insects are just used for their protein value. You would never know that you're eating insects.

Also, we could eat lab-grown meat instead of "real" meat:

I would trust this burger meat more than the stuff everyone is gobbling up now...

Seriously, if you get over yourself, and over the fact that we WILL have food shortages with all the billions of people still being added to the world population, it's all not that bad.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:21 | 3556240 Lebensphilosoph
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Also, we could just arrange humans like sardines in vats of liquid nutrients and hook up their minds to a virtual reality system.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 04:38 | 3559475 Jam Akin
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Allright then. Shit patties for everyone.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:12 | 3556199 B2u
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I tried wasps buy my tongue is swollen from all the stings.

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