CBS Segment Suggests Eating Bugs To Fight Climate Change

“CBS Saturday Morning” aired a segment proposing the inclusion of insects in our diets as a potential solution to address the challenges posed by climate change.

Host Dana Jacobson said, “We all know how important insects are for the environment, but climate researchers say bugs could be a game changer in the fight to protect the planet in ways you may not have imagined.”

Reporter Tina Kraus offered further explanation saying, “Adding some insects to the mix is customary in the kitchen in some parts of the world. Now climate experts think the protein-packed pests could offer a real solution to the global food crisis. Scientists in Germany are not pushing to get the critters on your plate; they see another benefit.”

The scientist said, “To have a more sustainable production of proteins, we need this, and I see insects as a perfect tool. And you can make so many things out of insects and to make the world better.”

Kraus elaborated on this development, stating that it is a response to the significant expansion of soybean cultivation, which has been linked to widespread deforestation. In contrast, insect farming requires fewer resources, such as food and water, to sustain their growth.

She said, “It’s estimated up to 1.2 trillion insects are raised on farms each year as companies race to find a high-protein, low-carbon solution to feed animals and the world’s population.”

Jacobson added, “And with insect farming booming around the world, researchers are busy as bees looking for more climate-friendly fixes.”