The United Nations: eating more insects will help fight world hunger

May 13, 2013 in Amazing, Serious stuff

 

According to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, eating more insects could help fight hunger by boosting nutrition and reducing pollution. The report states that more than 2 billion people all over the world already supplement their food intake with insects. The biggest obstacle? Would you eat bugs for dinner?

Bees

“Consumer disgust” is according to the report the biggest barrier in many Western countries. The report states that beetles, wasps and many other insects are “underutilised” as food for people. Among the benefits from eating bugs are their great reproduction rate, high growth and feed conversion rates and little impact on the environment. For example, when compared to cattle, crickets need 12 times less food to produce the same amount of protein.

One suggestion to increase the intake of bugs is to look at the food industry, the report says. It suggests the industry to start including bugs in recipes and adding them to menus in restaurants and thereby “raising the status of insects”. (Via fao.org) Photo: Fae)

 

In North Korea the year is 102, not 2013

May 9, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre

 

The Democratic People’s Repuplic of Korea, also commonly called North Korea, introduced a new calendar system back in 1997. They had previously used the Gregorian or Western calendar which is the most widely accepted calendar internationally. But in 1997 they began using the Juche calendar, which is based on the founder Kim Il Sungs date of birth 15 April 1912.

Kim Il Sung North Korea founder

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The Khasi tribe in India builds living bridges using tree roots

May 2, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific

 

The Khasi tribe in Indian state of Meghalaya is living in one of the wettest places on earth. In fact, the city of Cheerapunji in the region is credited as the wettest place on earth. For the people living in the forests, this is a problem as flooding is quite normal in the monsoon season. The solution? Build a bridge across the waters that does not care if the waters rise. For more than 500 years, the Khasi tribe has used the Indian rubber tree, Ficus elastica, to build natural, living bridges.

Root bridge India Khasi tribe

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