Perhaps the factor that most turns people off to warnings about climate change, aside from the haughty insistence that dissenting scientists don’t matter and deniers should be imprisoned, is the laughable recommendations given to halt the impending disaster. Moderating consumption or increasing energy efficiency, these make sense if anthropomorphic climate change is real. Stopping cow flatulence, no.
These extreme recommended measures undermine the seriousness of climate change alarmists, but examples never stop coming. This week’s edition is a brand new climate-saving diet. To keep the planet from becoming a ball of fire, you need to eat more…insects.
This according to a study published on April 22 in the journal Global Food Security, entitled “Could Consumption of Insects, Cultured Meat or Imitation Meat Reduce Global Agricultural Land Use?” Apparently, growing insects is among the most land-efficient ways to produce food.
In its report of the researchers’ findings, an unnamed writer at Phys.org wrote, “Replacing half of the meat eaten worldwide with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third, substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, researchers say.” (Emphasis mine)
Yum. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
The story goes on to quote the following from the study:
“We conclude that although a diet with lower rates of animal product consumption is likely to create the greatest reduction in agricultural land, a mix of smaller changes in consumer behaviour , such as replacing beef with chicken, reducing food waste and potentially introducing insects more commonly into diets, would also achieve land savings and a more sustainable food system.” (Emphasis mine)
Disgusting diets is becoming something of a liberal forte as of late. Consider, for example, Michelle Obama’s school lunch program.
Still, even she was clearly attempting to feed kids something they wouldn’t eat on their own. On the other hand, it is more efficient fiscally just to let kids eat bugs during recess — and apparently more healthful for our planet.
On the other hand, I doubt this was what God meant when he said, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.” John the Baptist’s diet of locusts and honey was included as descriptive, not as an example for us to follow.
Few people are going to follow the recommendation to introduce more insects into their diets either. Scientists would do well to refrain from such laughable suggestions, but in the meantime, they are fun to laugh at.