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Save the World by Eating Bugs...


22 Feb 2019

Experts assert that if food were a country, it would rank third behind China and the US as one of the biggest greenhouse gas polluters. The reason is the ever-rising demand for meat. Livestock farming is responsible for 14.5 percent of global methane emissions. While cows are the worse offenders, pigs, sheep, and other animals contribute as well.

Animal husbandry also causes land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, and deforestation. With the world population forecast to rise to 9.8 billion by 2050, things are only looking worse for our already dwindling natural resources. While going vegetarian would undoubtedly help, meat consumption is too ingrained in most western diets to allow for such a drastic, permanent shift. That is why environmentalists are advocating substituting some of the beef, chicken, or pork with delectable bugs!

Insects, which transition from larva to pupa to adult within a matter of months, if not weeks, are ready for consumption much faster than livestock. They also require much less room, use a fraction of the water and food needed for animal livestock, and produce far less greenhouse gas and ammonia.

Of the 1.1 million insect species worldwide, scientists have identified 1,700 as edible. Among them are termites, ants, grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, and earthworms. Just like livestock, each insect has a distinct taste. Termites are tangy and minty, tree worms taste just like pork, and sago grubs are similar to bacon.

While eating bugs might be a new concept for Western Hemisphere residents, over 2 billion people worldwide​​​​​​ consume these critters as a regular part of their diet. Besides being delicious, bugs are high in protein, have very few calories, and are free of the saturated fat found in animal meat. Insects are also very versatile. Creative chefs can use them to whip up protein-rich soup stocks, make crunchy baked treats, and even stir-fry a few with their vegetables.

Fortunately, those unable to stomach the thought of cracking open the crispy shell of a tarantula the way they would tear into a Dungeness crab have other choices. They can replace some of their regular protein sources by using cricket flour for baking or select one of the many readymade products, such as pasta and crackers, which incorporate the insect flour. So go ahead and kick trepidation to the curb - both your body and Mother Earth will thank you for it!

Winds, Fire, Floods and Quakes: A Nutty Run of Nature

Source: Newsela

17 Sep 2017

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts. Some of these disasters, like last Friday's earthquake in Mexico, are natural. Others may end up having a mix of natural and man-made ingredients after scientists examine them. We also always tend to look for patterns and order in chaos, even when they aren't there, psychologists say.

Why Is North Korea Testing Weapons

Source: Time For Kids

11 Sep 2017

North Korea has been in the news lately. The country’s leader has been testing weapons. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening. North Korea has one of the world’s largest armies. The country’s leader is named Kim Jong-un. He is testing large weapons to show his country’s strength.

Young Entrepreneurs: Helping Others

Source: Time Kids

04 Sep 2017

If you see a problem, you should find a solution. That is what Alex Knoll, 12, from Post Falls, Idaho, thinks. One day, he noticed a man struggling to open a heavy door. The man was in a wheelchair. “I wondered if there was a resource available to him to show which businesses had automatic doors, so he could actually access them,” Alex told TFK. “I couldn’t find anything, so I created it.”

The Mystery of Amelia Earhart

Source: Scholastic News

04 Jul 2017

It’s been 80 years since the famous pilot disappeared. Will a team of specially trained dogs help researchers find some answers? On July 3, 1937, Amelia Earhart was on her way to making history. Already a world-famous pilot, she was about two-thirds of the way through her most daring mission: to become the first woman to fly around the world.

Massive and Global Cyber Attack on Computers

Source: Kiwi Kids News

13 May 2017

A massive cyber attack has infected a number of organisations around the world. There have been reports of infections in as many as 74 countries, including several in New Zealand. Computers in have been locked by a programme, WannaCry, that demands $300 in Bitcoin currency.

Prints From The Past

Source: Scholastic News

02 May 2017

Scientists in Australia recently got a chance to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. In March, they announced that they’d identified thousands of dinosaur tracks along a 15-mile stretch of Australia’s northwest coast. One of the footprints is the largest dinosaur footprint ever recorded

The Story of Shaima - Syrian Refugee

Source: First News

02 May 2017

The White House have today (Wednesday 3 May) has today announced that Russia and the US are strengthening efforts towards a Syrian ceasefire. The Syrian civil war is now in its seventh year and countless children men and women have been forced to leave their homes in Syria for their safety over the last few years.

Holi Festival Celebrated in Asia

Source: Kiwi Kids News

13 Mar 2017

The streets of India will be covered with colour as residents celebrated the spring festival of Holi.

Holi is also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”.

The holiday is celebrated mainly in India and Nepal and marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil.

Climate Change Explained

Source: First News

07 Jan 2017

Scientists have noticed that the planet has been warming up in recent years and many are very worried about it. We explain the debate around climate change. Most think that much of this climate change is down to human activity, but some feel it’s part of a natural cycle. All are agreed that the world’s average temperature has risen by nearly one degree Celsius in the past 100 years. It may not sound much, but global warming is already having a big effect in some parts of the world.

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