It has long been established that the meat industry is one of the leading causes of global warming. Because cows and other livestock produce so much manure, which contributes harmful greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the ozone layer is eroded, and the future of humanity is threatened. One farm in the United Kingdom believes it has an alternative to beef that is not only environmentally sustainable, but it also tastes better than the original.
If this British farm gets what it wants, the world will be eating WORM burgers as they save the environment. The burgers that are being created by this farm are not only environmentally friendly, but they’re extremely tasty, according to the producers. But would you eat worms instead of beef?
The worms that this farm is producing are not only delicious (according to them), they’re rich in protein. The worms also come rich with omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, which are great for overall health. Worms are also much lower in calories compared to the original beef.
Experimental chef Tiziana Di Costanzo is the founder of the farm, where she works with mealworms and crickets to come up with alternative sources of protein that could help save the environment.
While the taste is not exactly the same as beef – Costanzo says her worm burgers have a “nutty to earthy flavor” – they are very good for the environment and your health. With just some bran and vegetable peels, she said that she could create enough worms to feed a family of four. That has the potential to great a vast environmental impact, considering how many natural resources cows and other livestock demand in order to be sustained.
“Let them crawl into your menu once, and you’ll be hooked!” Costanzo promised. “Once you get past the ‘yuck effect,’ you’ll find that they actually taste really good. We are hoping to scale up the operation to a production of one hundred kilograms per week in the next six months. All of this with zero-waste.”
Whether or not you ever think you’ll eat a worm burger or not, Costanzo is certainly creating an interesting product.
She farms the worms on plastic trays and moves them into a wood building once they grow too large. This allows for no waste byproducts at all. Mealworms do not require water to be farmed, which helps lower costs on water and preserve more drinking water for human beings.
The farm also takes donations of other fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go into the garbage. She uses these to feed the worms that she then turns into burgers and other meat alternatives.
Although they may be “yucky,” insects contain a lot more protein than meat or fish. The most protein-rich bugs are wasps, bees, and ants. They contain between 13—77 grams of protein per 100 grams. That’s a lot of protein. Crickets contain between 23—65 grams of protein. Mackerel contains just 16—28 grams of protein per 100, while beef has only 19—26 grams per one hundred.
Whether you like it or not, insect burgers might be the wave of the future.
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