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An Insect a Day?

May 29, 2013

Remember when your mother would scold, “don’t play with your food!”?  But what if that food were a creepy, crawly critter, just asking to be played with? Imagine mom’s surprise to find out that those creepy crawlies—the insects little boys just love to play with—are actually good for you.

That’s right. According to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, eating bugs can be healthful and promote weight loss.  The report also suggests that insects’ hunger-curbing effects can be beneficial to developing countries.

In a recent article on Forbes.com, countering some of the points of the report, they concede with the nutritional benefits of bug-eating, stating “we do better eating a locust that has eaten the grass than we would eating the grass directly.” However, they go on to say that the report’s claims that insect-filled diets might be necessary due to a predicted food shortage are far-fetched: “food supply will be growing more than population up to and past that year of 2050.”  They also point out several other reasons why the report—though correct from a nutritional standpoint—isn’t exactly accurate.

So the question is: would you eat Cajun caterpillars, blackened beetles, or deep-fried flies if they promised a slimmer waste and lower cholesterol? Probably not.

For most of us, we want our food of the old-fashioned variety; nutrient rich, delicious bug-free cheeses, breads, fruits, veggies, grains, and yes, sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and oh-so-delicious pepperoni pizzas.

So, what if you actually prefer your food completely bug-free, clean, safe, and nutritious? Security seals are the best way for everyone from fertilizer plants to wheat growers to dairy farmers (and every part of the food chain in between) to lock and protect their shipments and keep what’s supposed to be in, in, and what’s supposed to be out, out.  The National Dairy Association uses our seals on everything they ship, and countless providers of meats, fruits, cheeses, and other delicious (bugless) foods do as well.

Most of them enjoy knowing there are NOT any insects in their food products.

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