Future of food

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Future of food

Sustainability is a major buzzword these days. One of the things that humans really need to rethink in order to be more sustainable is factory farming. Whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegan or anything in between, I think we can all agree that the practices surrounding farming of animals and the sustainability of quality proteins for humans need some changing.

What’s the answer?

Humans need protein. Biologically, we’re built as omnivores, and we need animal proteins and amino acids to live. Even if you get all of your protein from plant-derived sources, you still need to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12, which you can take as a supplement, because it only naturally occurs in animal products.

In plenty of other countries, people have no problem consuming alternative forms of protein… and I’m not talking about plant-based proteins… I’m talking about bugs. Yep. I remember being a kid and being dared to eat a sugar-coated cricket (I didn’t do it).

But in all seriousness, bugs could be the answer. And what’s even better is that they don’t have to be gross… if you consider bugs in their natural form to be gross. Several types of bugs are high in protein, fiber, and other nutrients that are very beneficial and nutritious to humans, but they can be ground down into powders to create flours or other foods that are more recognizable – and comfortable – for us.

Bug burger, anyone?

The new superfood

Kale, coconut oil, acai berries, the list goes on. Every couple months or so, there seems to be a new superfood trend – some reason or another that this particular food is a cure-all or ultra-healthy thing to eat lots of. While none of them are bad for you, are they really all they’re cracked up to be? And if they are, what other things might become superfoods?

Enter… algae

Yeah, algae. That weird fuzzy-lookin’ green stuff you see on the surface of ponds and lakes. Actually, there are lots of different types of algae in the world, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in some areas as a superfood.

Algae is extremely absorbent – which kind of goes along with its spongy look. Because of its absorbency, it absorbs nutrients like crazy. Certain varieties of algae are known for being high in protein, calcium, vitamin C, and other nutrients.

Take caution though – don’t go harvesting your own algae yet. Algae that’s safe for human consumption needs to be grown in controlled environments. A downside of the extreme absorbency is that it can absorb heavy metals like lead. It might be a while before this particular superfood hits the market in high quantities!
Eat ’em up, yum

Today I learned…

  • …that the first title of Where the Wild Things Are was Where the Wild Horses Are until the author realized he couldn’t draw a horse.
  • …that to visit every child in the world, Santa Claus would have to travel at 3,000 times the speed of sound.
  • …that Ryan Gosling ditched the 2015 Oscars to go to Disneyland with Guillermo Del Toro.
  • …that Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz, went on the Mr. Rogers show years later so kids would stop being so afraid of her.

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