A couple of weeks back we wrote about how climate change might affect the types of crops we grow here in the UK (find it here). The good news was that we may be headed to a more exotic selection of arable foods, such as herbs, spices and chick peas.
Well, that was the vegetarians catered for, which will be great news for the Window Man (who is also vegetarian). But the latest news about meat production may have far more of us becoming vegetarians than was planned for… that’s because food experts are suggesting that in 20 years time we may have to be eating insects! So say the food futurologists.
Unsurprisingly the rest of us do appear to be quite so open minded and the vegetarians are most certainly having their own beliefs very much reaffirmed.
The case of insectoid meat is compelling with animal meat prices set to double over the next five years. Insect farming will have far less impact on the environment than current meat rearing methods and some people feel less “squeamish” about the killing of bugs… but that depends on your personal beliefs.
For people in the Western world the idea of a plate full of crickets is more likely to have us reaching for the sick bag but elsewhere people are far more open minded about where they get high protein foods from. In fact in some countries they are regarded as a delicacy.
So how on earth do you get us fussy westerners to chow down on insects? Experts feel that the model is pretty much already in place in our supermarkets. How many thousand tons of fish are consumed each week that does not look like fish? How many sausages do we go through a day? Our favourite burgers have about as much in common with a cow as they do a Frisbee. So, will we make the leap to insect burgers and sausages or would we rather pull our own arms and legs off?
Often the suggestion of what we are eating determines how we will feel about it. Many people will enjoy something familiar, like a burger, if we think it is a “beef” burger. But even if we find that delicious, can we make the leap into eating them regularly. Certainly many food experts will insist that an insect sausage is no less gross than a cheap burger made from “mechanically reclaimed meat”.
As open minded as you have to be about these things you can’t help feeling that the food producers are going to have as much difficulty getting us to eat insects as the government did in Charlton Heston’s seminal sci-fi nightmare, Soylent Green; where the nation’s favourite food biscuits turned out to be made from dead people.
Don’t go panic buying fish fingers. Usually these stories are a little exaggerated. But the truth is that climate change will affect our diet in some way. And you can affect climate change in a small and positive way by insisting on our Eco Diamond Windows which will reduce your carbon footprint. They’ll also reduce your fuel bill. Request an online quote today.