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FAO suggests consumption of insects to fight hunger around the world

Grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world are nutritious and contains high percentage of protein and minerals

 
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FAO, UN organization for Food and Agriculture, suggested the consumption of insects as a weapon in the fight against world hunger.

According to the UN report, on Monday (13), grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world, are nutritious and contains high percentage of protein and minerals that are beneficial to health. It is estimated that eating insects is part of the traditional diet of 2 billion people worldwide.

In addition, the FAO states that the creation of insects can also be a source of jobs and income. "Right now, it is one more operation homely, but has the potential to achieve industrial scale," says the director of the UN José Graziano da Silva.

With over 1 million described species, insects account for more than half of the living organisms on the planet.

A survey by FAO in partnership with Wageningen University, the Netherlands, showed that more than 1900 kinds of insects are consumed by men, women and children worldwide.

The most consumed are beetles, bees, ants, grasshoppers and crickets. "Many insects are rich in the" good fat ", besides being rich in calcium, zinc and iron. This case, a steak, for example, is 6 mg iron per 100 grams. Single locust has up to 20 mg iron, "said the director of the Forestry Division of FAO, Eva Muller.

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