Ashley Marie Quinn, Interaction Designer

We Are Home Grown

Our current way of growing and raising food is unsustainable: Livestock agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and uses one-third of all available land mass on the planet. We grow more food to feed our cattle than to feed ourselves. Knowing that America’s current habit of consuming 270 pounds of meat a person per year is already a problem, what will happen when the world’s population continues to grow, estimations show it could increase 20+% by the year 2050 to 9 billion people. And what happens when a lot of countries that used to have lower meat consumption habits start to increase their intake?

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) has already pointed out that insects should be considered as an alternative protein source. While it might seem like a stretch to a lot of Westerners, the idea of eating insects for food is not uncommon, and hopefully becoming more popular. If we begin to replace our reliance on meat with other alternative proteins like insects we might just have the beginning of a solution to our current situation. There are many factors that make insects a good alternative, some factors that are important to consider are their small footprint and high nutritional factors.