After years of careful research, the United Nations has proposed a single solution to both hunger and obesity around the globe: Eating insects.
While bugs are already a food staple of roughly on third of the world’s population — typically in poor countries — a new 201-page U.N. report details the economic and health benefits of a creepy-crawly diet, even in wealthy countries where palates might be more accustomed to cheese-slathered beef or McRib sandwiches.
The authors argue that the critters who scamper down your drain when you turn on the bathroom light are actually a far superior source of protein — low in fat, high in minerals.
There is only the teeny, tiny matter of the aesthetics of eating bugs — a problem the authors call the “disgust factor.”
“In the West we have a cultural bias, and think that because insects come from developing countries, they cannot be good,” Arnold van Huis, a Dutch scientist who is a co-author of the report, told Reuters.
Without it, Americans might be noshing their way to sveltness on antwiches and beetle meringue cookies.
Pass the spiders?