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Edible Insect Industry expected to double by 2050

 
The United Nation's food agency says an estimated two BILLION people eat insects worldwide... and the edible insect industry is expected to double in size by year 2050.
 
Korea... is also jumping in to invest more in what may become the food of the future.
Kim Hye-sung has the details.
 
Patients eating...pudding, served by the hospital.
 
It looks like any other pudding... but it's actually made with WORMS.
 
The worms contain large amounts of protein and are known to help patients recover faster.
 
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, a 100-gram grasshopper contains 21 grams of protein, close to the 26 grams of protein provided by an equivalent amount of lean beef. Insects are also high in calcium and iron... and more efficient to raise than livestock.
 
100 kilograms of food for a cow produces six-point-five kilograms of meat for consumption, while the same amount of food for insects produces 54 kilograms.
 
With the world population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, the edible insect business holds a promising future.
 
edible insect industry
 
The Korean government is cashing in on the potential with a five-year plan to dramatically increase investment in the industry.
 
: "We will work harder to develop a variety of dishes made with ingredients like beetles and crickets, and create a sustainable market through promotions and advertisements."
 
Currently, there are five insects the Korean government says are safe to eat. A handful of restaurants are serving them in dishes like pastas, soup, and cookies throughout Seoul.

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0 #1 Janis Chan 2016-04-10 18:05
This sounds interesting. Wonder how it tastes.
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