Responding to global hunger concerns, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is recommending the incorporation of insects into human diets.
According to the United Nations' World Food Programme, hunger is the world's number one health risk - topping heart disease, cancer, war, and other diseases - with roughly 870 million people living in scenarios where they do not have enough to eat. Additionally, the human population worldwide is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050.
However, current agricultural solutions - using large-scale water distribution to support livestock and plant-based products - are not projected to keep up with the swelling human population figures. And, as food becomes scarce - food and feed security will become a considerable challenge for social stability around the world.
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