Bug larvae

You can’t say we didn’t warn you. Now, with beef cattle increasingly becoming fauna non grata because of their propensity to emit methane gas, meat producers are scouting alternative forms of sustainable protein. Tyson Foods, one of the globe’s largest meat producers, has hit on a solution that other producers are likely to adopt. It has invested in insect protein.

CNN reports that the company is partnering with “Protix, a Netherlands-based insect ingredients maker. Tyson is not only taking a minority stake in the company, but is working alongside it to build a US factory. That facility will use animal waste to feed black soldier flies, which will then be turned into food for pets, poultry and fish.”

The fact that bugs subsist on waste doesn’t make the prospect of ingesting them more palatable for many. But the sooner we accept the bounties of our brave new world, the better off we’ll be.

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