Two and a half acres of land can produce about 250 pounds of beef that is full of heart attack inducing saturated fats and pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormone. Beef production, also, releases more heat trapping green house gases than any other food. Also, factory farms are hideously inhumane. If we are going to mass produce animals for food then perhaps we should be mass producing animals that are lower on the food chain, not mammals that feel joy and suffer very much in the same way humans do.
Two and a half acres of land can produce about 2000 pounds of insects. Insects contain about the same amount of protein as a steak and much less saturated fats. And, unlike mammals and many types of our most popular farmed fish, they are ideal for factory farming because they are resilient and can thrive piled one upon the other. If we all ate insects instead of mammals, there would be a measurable impact on Climate Change. Climate Change will result in more floods, droughts, wars, terrorism and starvation than we have ever experienced in human history. It has become clear that our life choices are effecting everything and everyone on the planet.
Eating insects is, to me, mostly about changing the way we look things. Individual changes in perception can lead to individual changes in behavior which, in turn, can lead to vast cultural transformations. If you, as an individual, can change the way you look at things, you can have a huge impact on the world. We certainly don’t have to start eating insects, to make the world a better place, but we can make an effort to eat in a way that is much more open and aware.
That said, you really gotta try my cicadas. I promise you, they will be scrumptious.