21 Apr '11, 3am

How do you solve global malnutrition? This man says eating insects is the answer

How do you solve global malnutrition? This man says eating insects is the answer

This picture shows vendors of fried insects handing over a plate of fried grasshoppers at a local market in Vientiane. -- PHOTO: AFP VIENTIANE - SERGE Verniau is a man with a mission: to persuade the world to swap the chicken wings and steaks on their plates for crickets, palm weevils and other insects rich in protein and vitamins. Verniau, the Laos representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is only half-joking when he says his dream is 'to feed the big metropolises from Tokyo to Los Angeles, via Paris' with the small arthropods. He plans to present the lessons drawn from a pilot project to the world at a conference on edible insects, probably in 2012. 'Most of the world's population will live in urban areas. Trying to feed the whole planet enough protein from cows won't work,' Mr Verniau told AFP. It is not by chance that the dream was born in landl...

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