Monday, August 2, 2010

Scorpion on a stick, anyone?


Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is taking seriously the farming of creepy-crawlies as nutritious food

Damian Carrington
The Observer, Sunday 1 August 2010

A Chinese woman selling scorpions on stick

[In the photo above:  A Chinese woman selling scorpions on stick waits for customers at a stall in Beijing, where the delicacy is fried in cooking oil. Photograph: Claro Cortes/Reuters]

Saving the planet one plateful at a time does not mean cutting back on meat, according to new research: the trick may be to switch our diet to insects and other creepy-crawlies.

The raising of livestock such as cows, pigs and sheep occupies two-thirds of the world's farmland and generates 20% of all the greenhouse gases driving global warming. As a result, the United Nations and senior figures want to reduce the amount of meat we eat and the search is on for alternatives.

A policy paper on the eating of insects is being formally considered by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The FAO held a meeting on the theme in Thailand in 2008 and there are plans for a world congress in 2013.

Kent comments:

If you needed (another) reason to think that ‘global-warming’ loonies and United Nations nitwits need to immigrate to Mars, here it is.

If you would like to eat insects, have at it.  Please don’t make me watch.  And to forget not to bite directly into the business end of that scorpion!

But if you cannot see that the words “United Nations and senior figures want to reduce the amount of meat we eat” are an unmistakable description of a bit of tyranny, then you just aren’t paying attention.

Just a bit of reminder, because the constant propaganda war tends to make us forget:

Our climate today is actually a warm interval between these many periods of glaciation.”

Warmer is better – it makes things grow better, things we like to eat, for example.  Over 31,000 scientists agree that:

There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

Remember those “boxes” we are supposed to “think outside of”?  The great global warming hoax is a prime example of one of those, and not just because it might convince some to go for scorpions on stick!

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