Add edible insects to our diets to reduce meat consumption. #Climate change


By Rudo Matsveru

Our diets are a highly personal thing. However, it can also be something that we take for granted. Often, this leads to quite large differences in opinions especially on the matter of meat consumption. Meat consumption can provide protein, amino acids and several essential micronutrients to our diets.

However, meat consumption is responsible for releasing greenhouse gases such as methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. These gases contribute to climate change, such as global warming in several ways for example in raising livestock, animals such as cows and sheep create large amounts of methane as they digest food. The manure that ruminant animals produce also releases methane. Another way meat contributes to climate change is via the destruction of forests and other habitats to make way for pasture.

In order to reduce meat consumption to curb the risk of climate change, edible insects therefore need to be added to our diet. Edible insects are not only a healthy source of protein and minerals, but their commercial production has a much lower impact on the environment than meat in terms of greenhouse gas emission and water consumption.

Add edible insects to our diets to reduce meat consumption. #Climate change