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Eating Insects - The Most Eco-Friendly Meat

Eating insects GREENHOUSE ARE CONSIDERED AN IMPORTANT CAUSE OF GASES (GHGS) GLOBAL WARMING. THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS ARE CARBON DIOXIDE (co2 METHANE (CHA) & NITROUS OXIDE (N20) Global Warming Potential (GWP) is a measure of how much a GHG contributes to global warming. CARBON DIOXIDE has a GWP of 1 NITROUS OXIDE has a GWP of 298 Based on a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of entire production process of animal products, livestock contributes: 65% of Earth's Nitrous Oxide Earth's Methane 35-40% of 9% of Earth's Carbon Dioxide According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the livestock sector generates more of Earth's GHGS (18%) than transport (14%)! (later studies debated the validity of this claim). 18% of GHG 14% of GHG Where are all these animals located? Over 50% of the US's hogs are located in: In lowa, there are 6 hogs for every 1 person (18,662,000 hogs to 3,007,000 people). lowa Minnesota North Carolina illinois In South Dakota, there are 4 cattle for every 1 person (3,700,000 cattle to 812,383 people). Worldwide consumption of beef and pork expected to double by 2020. 2011: 2020: So, what can we do about this... insects not cattle To reduce livestock-based emissions, one study suggests insect farming could be a more sustainable & affordable form of meat production. (This is because insects produce significantly less GHGS per kilogram of meat than cattle or pigs.) GHG production by insects, cattle & pigs (measured by grams per kilogram of mass gain): BEEF CATTLE 2,850 CO2 eq. PIGS 1,130 co2 eq. PACHNODA MARGINATA (Sun Beetle) 121.86 co2 eq. BLAPTICA DUBIA (Cockroach) 37.54 co2 eq. LOCUSTA MIGRATORIA (Locust) 17.72 co2 eq. TENEBRIO MOLITOR (Mealworm) I7,58 co2 eq. ACHETA DOMESTICUS (Cricket) L1.57 co2 eq. So. Want fries with those crickets? FOOD SERVICE FSW PREPARED BY WAREHOUSE (insect study) (hog stats) (cattle stats) METHANE has a GWP of 25

Eating Insects - The Most Eco-Friendly Meat

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A study in the Netherlands showed that the farming of insects would be a far more eco-friendly means of food production than traditional livestock. We gathered up some of the interesting statistics an...


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