Why Kenyans need to start eating insects and worms

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With climate change expected to reduce global crop yields by more than 25 percent, there is an urgent need to identify alternative ways to meet the need for additional food.

This is why the United Nations is urging people to eat insects and worms to fight world hunger.

The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes that over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.

National Geographic says some of the edible insects include ants, crickets, grasshoppers, locusts, some variety of flies and mosquitoes, beetles and bees.

As well as being a very good source of healthy fats and protein, insects are everywhere, meaning they are a very accessible, cheap source of food – a fact that could really benefit Kenya, where food shortage and malnutrition is common.

Part of FAO’s statement on insect-eating reads “Because of their nutritional composition, accessibility, simple rearing techniques and quick growth rates, insects can offer a cheap and efficient opportunity to counter nutritional insecurity by providing emergency food and by improving livelihoods and the quality of traditional diets among vulnerable people.”

Edible worms like earthworms, agave worms, sago worms and buffalo worms have been termed the ‘wriggling superfood’.

This is because of their high levels of iron and amino acids which breakdown food. They also contain protein comparable to the one you would receive in eggs and cow milk.

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