DailyDirt: Sustainable Eating — Yummy Or Gross?
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Plenty of people like a big, rare steak every once in a while. It’s probably not the healthiest meal, but everything in moderation, right? How about insect protein for “meatless Mondays” or seaweed salads before dinner? Everything in moderation, right? Here are just a few interesting ways to expand your palate and maybe eat in a more sustainable fashion — if you can stomach it.
- Farm to table isn’t really that sustainable for the San Francisco restaurant, The Perennial, which boasts a farm to table back to farm and repeat cycle. Leftovers from the restaurant go back to the farm, but it’s not clear how well this really works out if they still have cow meat on the menu. [url]
- Are you ready to eat home-grown insects from your very own “desktop hive” that consumes your vegetable scraps to feed hundreds of writhing mealworms? You can pre-order a hive from a Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal in January. It’s just protein. Do you know where the protein you’ve been eating comes from? [url]
- Eating corn fungus doesn’t sound so appetizing when the discolored, tumor-like growth is usually called smut or “devil’s corn” by farmers. However, Ustilago maydis (the fungus) is also a delicacy that can be eaten, so maybe people just need to re-think what they think is edible. [url]
- Seaweed farming could be a nice, sustainable way to grow nutritious food — if only more people ate (and enjoyed) seaweed. Ocean farming and aquaculture could be an alternative to land-based farming, but the practice needs to be researched and studied to make sure it’s as environmentally friendly as it can be. It’s no use to get a lot of people acquiring a taste for kelp if we destroy the ocean ecosystem to grow it. [url]
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Filed Under: aquaculture, corn, farming, food, fungus, insects, mealworms, protein, seaweed farming, smut, sustainable food
Comments on “DailyDirt: Sustainable Eating — Yummy Or Gross?”
Eat recycled food
“Recycled food. It’s good for the environment and okay for you.”
Definition: The adult version of daring little Mikey to eat a mud pie.
most any time i try some offbeat stuff like seaweed crackers or whatever, it is like: ohhhhh-kay, not totally awful, but still not ‘good’; i can rarely choke down enough to be a serving…
after a few bites of whatever ‘super-food’, it REALLY makes me thankful for the next plate of ribs i have…
thanks for being, piggies, you are tasty critters ! ! !
we simply need to get away from the factory farming model, and go back to the distributed, homestead based-agricultural practices and local animal husbandry…
zillion gallon poo lagoons for factory-raised chickens, pigs, etc, is UNNATURAL as hell, and causes a whole raft of attendant issues…
but a dozen chickens on every property or so, a couple pigs every neighborhood, and the poo gets deployed in a helpful manner to benefit the cycle of the farm in keeping the soil replenished with nutrients, etc…
we have perverted the systems which worked well for thousands of years, and by unnaturally concentrating and raising livestock, we have made an unsustainable, destructive cycle…
just so a FEW fancy pants can rake in zillions, and we get inferior products and a wasted environment WE pay to clean up, NOT the fancy pants…
Half of our prepared foodstuffs
…come from turning something that spoils in a week into something that lasts for a while longer.
The other half is turning foods that are icky and gross into something less icky and gross.
So if sustainable foods are not palatable on their own, we just need to figure out how to process them into something palatable. If we process them enough, we can turn them into foods we recognize such as cracker or dip or sausage.
So yeah, it can be done. We already wolf down bug paste and meat goo, we just don’t tell the end consumer that it’s bug paste and meat goo.
…and one Soylent Green
Didn’t we crawl out of the ocean because we were sick of that stuff?
And the food industry intends to fully disclose these ingredients to potential consumers? I doubt it.
Regardless of their efficacy, ingredients should be clearly listed rather then hidden. Arguments that people will not eat it if they know what’s in it are simply stupid and self serving platitudes.
please remember the EU is investing millions to brainwash the mongrels to eat insects!
do not participate in this hoax without mentioning this tiny little detail
the EUROcrats will of course keep drinking lafite and eating finest ham
while riding their A8L ´s