Plenty has been said about insects as an alternative source of protein with environmental benefits. And for good reason. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that by 2050 the world population will be 9.1 billion, which they say will require us to increase food production by 70 per cent. And as early as 2013, the FAO started promoting insects as an “unexplored nutrition source that can help address global food insecurity.”
A soda company sponsoring nutrition research. An oil conglomerate helping fund a climate-related research meeting. Does the public care who’s paying for science?
“One of the things people should know about food science is that we generally start out as people who like to cook and like to give people food that is wholesome and nutritious,” says Deirdre Ortiz, head of Kellogg’s global wheat program.