Hurst 1Emmalee HurstMichelle SzetelaEnglish 1010July 10, 2014Why Not Eat Insects?Western civilization has the idea that eating insects is for poor people who don’t have access to livestock. Where did our idea of what is right to eat become so wrong? “Why Not Eat Insects,” by Marcel Dicke talks about the many benefits of consuming insects. He thinks that in twenty years, the whole world will be eating insects as if it is normal. Marcel describes the rea-sons that countries eat insects and the many ways that this could help the world. There are a lot more than you would think. Even though a lot of the developed world thinks that only people who have no access to livestock eat insects, almost everyone has access to it and insects are actual-ly considered a delicacy. In a few years, we might have to turn to insects due to a shortage in live-stock. Dicke mostly appeals to logos, or logic, to send his message. One of the first things he talks about is that 80% of animals walk on six legs. This is an obvious message that it is better to eat the six-legged insects. He also names four particular reasons that insects should be eaten. First, eating insects will dramatically affect human health. We can share diseases with livestock. Think of the swine flu epidemic that happened only a few years ago. Many people died during this in-cident and not a lot of people were well informed on exactly what caused the swine flu. It’s kind of obvious though. It was the pigs we eat for meat. Insects are so distantly related to humans so we know that this won’t happen. Second, we have to think about the conversion factor. Ten kilograms (22 pounds) of feed will produce one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meat. Now, you may
Hurst 2think this is quite a bit, but there is more to this statistic. That same ten kilograms (22 pounds) of feed will also produce three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of pork, five kilograms (11 pounds) of chick-en, and nine kilograms (19.8 pounds) of locusts.