No, we still won’t eat the bugs!
As warnings of empty shelves and growing food shortages have us quivering in our boots, and inflation turns our bank accounts into vaults full of green-tinted toilet paper, the European Union has come to our rescue with a new (and totally not premeditated at all) food alternative. No, it’s not Soylent Green (yet).
However, it’s the next best thing. European member states have placed their seal of approval on a rainbow of edible bugs: house crickets, yellow mealworms, and grasshoppers can now be sold in frozen, dried, and powdered forms. Bloomberg, the megaphone of the ruling class, which wrote about the development last week, apparently wants to see much more insect action in our cuisine, from expanding on which bugs can be farmed and their uses beyond pet food and livestock operations (presumably to human plates), to reminding us that 80% of the world’s population thinks bugs are a yummy treat.
It’s no coincidence that bugs feature prominently in the popular meme of resistance to the ‘New Normal’ as served up by the World Economic Forum, international banking cartels, and other entities even slimier than the bugs they want us to eat. Insects are seen as gross, inconsequential creatures that breed out of control and make a mess of our worlds. This is uncannily similar to the way in which the elites seem to view most of the planet’s people.
The ruling class seems to have finally gotten the message regarding edible insects – “we will not eat the bugs; we will not live in the pods.” Thus, Bloomberg strives to distance the insect approval from our dinner plates, insisting the real game-changer is that these bugs will be used to feed livestock. But there’s more at hand here than merely bulking up cow-chow with a few grasshoppers – the outlet can’t resist trotting out those statistics claiming almost everyone on earth loves them some bugs, so why don’t we just shut up and suck down a six-legged snack.
After all, Bloomberg points out, Protix BV, owners of the largest insect farm in Europe, are champing at the bit to “commercialize insects as a sustainable protein alternative in dishes various types of food [sic], such as cereal bars or dried pasta.” And for those already bored with cricket flour or cockroach crispies, the company says they have an application for black soldier flies “in the works”! What more could a domesticated population want?
Lamenting Americans are “slow on the uptake, even as the US Food and Drug Administration approved insects for human consumption decades ago,” the narrative managers helplessly gesture at a niche market of insect-based protein bars before returning to the song-and-dance routine about how insects will save the climate by feeding the (presumably still farting) cows and other livestock. It’s like they can’t help themselves.
But there’s no way the edible-bug market will be limited to bulking up nutrient-rich slop for our four-legged friends. Global investments in insect proteins almost doubled last year, and analysts suggest the market will grow to exceed $4.1 billion within five years. A Rabobank estimate suggests the number of insects farmed annually will grow to 50 times its current amount by 2030. That’s human-food numbers.
Of course, that’s the year we’re supposed to own nothing and be happy in, according to the WEF and its ultra-creepy CEO Klaus Schwab. Perhaps that means we will only be renting our insect feasts.
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