Humankind will have to eat maggots and other bizarre ‘superfoods’ to avoid malnutrition, according to a new report.
UK researchers say traditionally-eaten plant-source foods, like barley, maize, fruits and vegetables, and animal-source foods, like meat, fish and eggs, are ‘innately exposed to various acute and chronic stresses.’
These include pests and disease, as well as environmental changes brought on by human-driven climate change.
The solution is to farm maggots (insect larvae) of the black soldier fly, house fly and mealworm beetle, at a mass scale for human consumption, they say.
Insects are well-known to be packed full of protein, nutrients, potassium, magnesium and three times more fatty acids than omega-3 in salmon.
They’re already being sold in some supermarkets as a niche snack – but the scientists, from the University of Cambridge, say we’ll have to bump up production to ‘mitigate global malnutrition,’ one of the largest humanitarian crises.
The researchers believe maggots, as well as other future foods like kelp, can be more easily grown as distributed among isolated communities in remote regions with limited access to plant and animal-based foods.
‘Our current food system is vulnerable,’ said lead author Dr Asaf Tzachor at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge. Read more…