And here you thought only crickets were the new, approved food for the masses…
5 reasons we need to start nurturing – and eating – weeds. Sticks and twigs and bugs for thee, steak for me.
World Economic Forum–Finding new plant-based foods is becoming increasingly urgent with the world’s population forecast to grow by two billion in the next 30 years. While farming animals for meat generates 14.5% of total global greenhouse emissions, weeds capture carbon from the atmosphere and can therefore help to control climate change.
Of course, not all wild plants are safe to consume – some are poisonous. You should always check with a reliable source before eating them. Many countries also have laws against harvesting some wild plants, so the best advice is to check before you pick.
The World Economic Forum’s recent virtual event, Bold Actions for Food as a Force for Good, was asking how food systems can be improved to feed the extra mouths, including looking at alternative food sources.
After we’ve filled our plate at the ‘All You Can Eat’ Weed Bar, let’s move on down the line to the Bug Bar.