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.
Feb 28, 2017
The fate of the planet could hinge on the success of a veggie burger.↩︎ The Ringer
Subway's "chicken" meat is only half chicken.
The other half is soy, according to DNA tests carried out by Canadian journalists. None of the fast-food chicken tested came out at 100 percent, but Subway was the only one with results so drastic the team decided to test it twice.
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:
—28: Times more land required to grow a gram of beef protein compared to chicken or pork.
—95%: Projected increase in beef consumption between 2005 and 2050.
—289,000: Hectares of forest lost per year in Bolivia, driven in bulk by beef.
—47%: Percentage of California's water footprint that goes to meat and dairy.
—$735,000,000: Healthcare costs averted if people just didn't eat more meat than guidelines prescribe.
The Editors' Longreads Picks
- An excellent essay on poverty and writing by Starr Davis. Updated May 31, 2022
- Novelist Héctor Tobar tries to understand the 1992 Los Angeles riots through the experiences of a single high school.
- Steven Johnson with a long assessment of the current state of A.I. and language. (The illusion has gotten very good.)
Welcome to The Morning News Tournament of Books, 2017 edition.
- Our championship match is decided in the Tournament of Books, with news of a Rooster surprise debuting this summer. Updated Mar 31, 2017
- In Thursday's action, Reyhan Harmanci sets up a colossal final.
- The Zombie round opens with Buzzfeed's Isaac Fitzgerald reading The Nix and The Underground Railroad.
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- "Will Putin expose the failings of American democracy or will he inadvertently expose the strength of American democracy?" Updated Mar 3, 2017
- Wilbur Ross just wanted to make some money in ethically gray areas (that should've prevented him from taking office).
- Jeff Sessions's spokeswoman can't help but continue to lie.
The oceans are under assault, and not just from the White House and friends.
- Trump's assault on the environment begins with American headwaters. Updated Mar 1, 2017
- Don't just blame the oil companies for destroying the oceans—blame sushi restaurants.
- Nothing escapes the deepest trenches of the ocean floor. Not light, not nutrients, not pollutants.