Researchers in the Netherlands used three factors — land usage, energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions — to compare the environmental impact of mealworm farms to chicken, pork, beef or milk farms. The study in the journal PLoS One showed that mealworm farming produced more edible protein using the same amount of land and less energy and produce less greenhouse gases than other meat-producing animals.  What they said they are looking for is a ” a more efficient, and more sustainable system of food production”.  They are so off base on this one.  What they should be asking is, “Can you deep fry it and sprinkle powdered sugar on it”?  If the answer is yes then we have a winner for the typical obese American!

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  5 comments for “Mealworms

  1. Horace Tucker
    December 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    What they are not mentioning, or studying, apparently, is the labor involved in feeding, harvesting, and processing the worms. Besides which, as soon as they become a marketable commodity, some parasite will arise to wipe them out.

  2. Doug S
    December 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

    we tried roasted meal worms at a wilderness survival talk and they weren’t bad.

  3. Pat
    December 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Sooo, eons ago, our knuckle-draggin’ ancestors our out on the African plains learned to dig for grubs and mealworms for protein, allowing them to advance in size and powers of reproduction, until they became hunter/gatherers, learned the use of tools, and eventually basic agriculture; small communities began, then grew into larger ones even as new ones propagated into multiple continents and sub-species. The larger communities allowed the first sub-specializations beyond basic subsistence jobs, and along the way, we developed the steak, chicken tenders, and delicious, glorious pork BBQ, certain religious prohibitions notwithstanding. As a whole, not counting luckless Ethiopians, North Koreans oppressed to the point of cannibalism, or vegans everywhere, the human race has gotten happier, despite the afore-mentioned obesity over-correction. Sub-specialization not only allowed the creation of nuclear physicists, Apple, Inc., and pole dancers, but also academics who use someone else’s money to construct idiotic studies designed to reverse all of human progress, and result in culinary Armageddon.

    Come to think of it, evolution might indeed be a lie.

    • Nick C
      December 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      That is the funniest thing I’ve read in days.

      Pat, a small part of what makes this blog great and why I check in almost daily is reading your comments. Merry Christmas!

      • Pat
        December 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

        Thank you sir.

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