Count Norwegian chef René Redzepi among those who think insects could help solve world hunger. He points out the properly prepared insect dishes are considered delicacies in many parts of the world.
Redzepi has earned a reputation as an innovative and experimental chef. He runs a Michelen two-star restaurant, Noma known for reinventing traditional cuisines. The eatery has won four “Best of the Year” awards in international competitions and it was the best meal Brian Torchin and I ate on our Europe trip. So the man has some credentials for considering what people eat.
According to National Geographic, 99 countries around the world have bugs as part of the national diet. It turns out even tiny insects can provide a healthy amount of protein. Insect advocates point out that large-scale farming of insects for food would take less land and create fewer waste products than raising cattle, sheep or pigs currently does.
The idea of putting more insects on the menu, or entomophagy, has drawn some criticism. Many species play a vital role in fertilization for plants. If human demand began to reduce native bug populations it could have disastrous consequences for the lifecycles of domestic crops and wildlife. While not related to insect harvesting a declining population of honeybees in North America has caused concerns among farmers who rely on the bees to pollinate their crops.