Manataka American Indian Council
EATING INSECTS IS SMART AND YUMMY
Grandfather Lee Standing Bear appeared June 15, 2014 in the third segment ofInside Scoop - Emerald Planet Television in Washington, D.C. Hosting the television program is Dr. Samuel Lee Hancock, Executive Director of the Emerald Planet and William S. Busker, Esquire, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at Emerald Planet.
The television program was broadcast live to 2,095 stations around the United States and the links provided to all 214 countries and territories abroad looking for a thousand best practices, technologies, services and the products that are making a difference in the world as we move through twenty-first century. The program is also available to American Indian tribal leadership of hundreds of indigenous tribes across the continent.
The title of the program is Feeding the Nine Billion: Expending Food Sources; Protecting the Environment; Creating New Green Jobs; Enhancing Quality of Life" Dr. Hancock asks, "...With over 7 billion people on the planet and an expected 9 billion population by the year 2050, how are we going to be able to find the food, fuel, fiber and all the infrastructure that will be needed. How are we going to feed another 2 billion people on the planet and increase the quality of life?
Also appearing on the television show is Dr. Jarrod Goldin, chairman of Next Millennium Farms of Ontario, Canada. Currently Next Millennium Farms operates three  farms in Southern Ontario, Canada. The latest human dedicated insect farm produces approximately 12,000 pounds [5,443kg 108.00g] of crickets a month and the separate processing facility converts this into approximately 3,000 pounds [1,360kg 777.00g] of flour. At retail, we sell approximately 100-200 pounds [45kg 359.23g - 90kg 718.47g] a month of whole roasted insects, crickets and worms. Jarrod reports that, “interest and demand keeps growing and we are currently expanding our farms.”
Nichole Kilburn, professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Camosun College in Grand Victoria, British Columbia.
Nicole is also a Food Anthropologist. She has an interest in the political and economic aspects of social interaction in complex societies and she specializes in the ancient cultures of the American Southwest and British Columbia.
Lee Standing Bear Moore speaks on the ways American Indians took advantage of consuming insects as part of our regular diet and the surprisingly tasty dishes that can be made from insects.
The Manataka American Indian Council has teamed up with World Entomophagy, Inc. to bring you fine quality, eco-friendly, safe and wonderfully tasting edible insects that have been processed for ready-to-use recipes.
Manataka believes that eating insects (entomophagy) is very healthy and one day will become a tremendously beneficial food source for the United States and help alleviate the global food crisis. Unlike beef, chicken and other livestock that consumes over one-third of the food crops grown in the U.S., insects can be raised on a small fraction of feed and water. Livestock also creates 20% of polluting greenhouse gases such as methane and ammonia that are 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The total population of insects worldwide do not produce any significant harmful gases. Beef and other grazing livestock also consume a great deal of agricultural land, labor and resources. With insects there are no veterinary bills, no problem with manure disposal, and a lot less cost to process and package.
According to Aletheia Price in our article, Eating Bugs!!, "...Raising insects is environmentally friendly. They require minimal space per pound of protein produced, have a better feed to meat ratio than any other animal you can raise, and are very low on the food chain. They are healthy, tasty, and have been utilized for the entire history of mankind (after all, it is easier to catch a grub than a mammoth)..."
There are over 1,400 recorded species of edible insects that can be raised in eco-clean environments. Compared to beef, lamb, pork, birds and fish, insects contain a lot more protein and less fat and calories. Yet, insects are chalked full of many vitamins and minerals. Eating insects may seem yucky, but you may not realize that every person inadvertently consumes over a pound of insects in their lifetime found in processed foods.
Grandfather Lee Standing Bear
Manataka Elder Council
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