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According to numerous studies, we’re not producing enough healthy food, and indeed, we’ll soon run out of it. The cockroach sandwich creeps ever closer…
We often wonder whether we eating enough healthy food. According to numerous studies, the answer is a flat no.
According to Nutrition Australia, 96% of us do not get enough vegetables each day. Their findings indicate that Australians eat less than half the daily recommended standard. But, strangely it might not be our fault, as the University of Guelph believes that if everyone opted for a healthier diet, there wouldn’t be enough produce to support our choices.
“We simply can’t all adopt a healthy diet under the current global agriculture system. Results show that the global system currently
overproduces grains, fats and sugars, while production of fruits and vegetables and, to a smaller degree, protein is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the current population,” said co-author of study, Evan Fraser.
Futurism believes that we’re producing far too much unhealthy food. Instead of the recommended eight servings of grains per person, it produces 12. And while nutritionists recommend we each consume 15 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, the industry produces just five.
Conversely, due to climate change, the United Nations believes that we’ll likely experience international starvation by the 2040s. The solution may be that we embrace the flexitarian diet, one that primarily focuses on plants and only features the occasional serving of meat.
The other option is that we look for alternative protein sources. The push toward edible insects has long been pushed, and while we bristle at thought, the cockroach is extremely high in protein and nutrients. If that doesn’t suit your palette, a variety of insects such as crickets, silkworms and caterpillars will soon be on the menu. The current system cannot stand. The insect is the next logical step. Livestock heavily impacts the environment, insects don’t. For instance, the humble cricket requires six times less food than your average cow.
It is, a question of adaption. One day, necessity will force our hand.
Besides, beetle bourguignon might be good. Give it a chance.