Chirping crickets are sustainable, but not that protein-rich.
There's a lot of buzz around insect-based protein these days. You can find pasta sauces like One Hop in many gourmet grocery sources, substituting crickets or mealworm for beef to make bolognese. Paleo dieters are intrigued. Lucky Peach says even if people are squeamish about eating grilled crickets, insect protein can be added to other foods to fortify them. Even Nas is convinced.
Among the benefits: they're vastly more sustainable, generating down to a hundredth the carbon footprint. The one doubt is whether bugs actually have enough protein to sustain us.
Everything is great about algae, except the taste.
"2017 might very well be the year of algae." Spirulina is already used as a protein-rich ingredient by many food manufacturers and health-conscious home chefs, but algae is poised to explode in popularity.
It's packed with vitamins, rich in omega-3s, and sustainable. The barrier here is flavor, with even NASA rejecting it for tasting weird, so the protein's path to market is likely as an additive or substitute for now.
Beef consumption is really bad for everything but your taste buds.
The beef with beef:
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