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Kieran Cooke – Tasty insects benefit poor and climate

LONDON, 13 October, 2016 − Eating insects may not be to everyone’s taste, but crickets have for centuries been eaten in many parts of the world − particularly in Asia Pacific region countries, where they are seen as a nutritious snack food, containing far more iron than spinach and other greens.

And now scientists say that eating insects such as crickets can also help lessen the impact of climate change.

Nutritionists point out that crickets have twice the protein level of beef. And curbing meat consumption is seen as an important ingredient in the battle against climate change.

Cattle consume vast amounts of crops and water, and also produce large volumes of methane – a greenhouse gas far more powerful in the short term than carbon dioxide.

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