The UN has released a report pointing to insects as a food source for the future. This should open our eyes to a new way for us to feed ourselves. In a time of economic stagnation this food market can employ and create profit. Cultivation of insects can be a new economic industry with enormous potential.
Feeding the world's population is becoming harder and harder. The population is growing at exponential speed. By worldometers.info's calculations the earth will populate 8 billion people in 2025. Simultaneously, more and more people are escaping poverty. With more money to spend, higher demands are set to the food that is eaten. As people leaves poverty vegetarian meals are replaced by meats. This change, when happening to large populations, becomes a burden for nature. Instead of meat, the UN says we should look to insects.
The eating of insects is nothing new. Today over to billion people have bugs and insects on their diets. They are highly nutritious, low on fat and contain calcium, iron and zinc. Compared to traditional western meats, insects is a far healthier alternative. It is in this part of the world the greatest challenge of persuasion is needed to have people include insects in their diets, but that also means this is the place with the biggest potential market. Some places this commodity is already available and markets established. People who wants to establish themselves in this industry, can therefor look to these markets to learn this trade's know-how.
Economically, the positive sides of insect farming is almost unlimited. Today there is limited industrialized cultivation of insects for the food market. Farms for insects need little physical space, and can therefor be established both rurally and urbanely. The undiscriminating nature of this industry makes it highly competitive. It fits both low and high investments levels, simply depending on the degree of the credit available for the investor. The physical work favors no one and can employ both men and women, rich and poor. Insect cultivation can be done anywhere, by anyone, in almost any way. This is an opportunity waiting for entrepreneurs and investors world wide.
The UN report offers the reader a new way of thinking of food. Insects and bugs are resources that surrounds us. They offer an opportunity for a growing population and for economic entrepreneurship. To read the UN report, use the link http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3253e/i3253e00.htm