Crickets for Dinner: One Solution to Growing Food Insecurity
October 7, 2019
Black ant guacamole. Grasshopper tacos and cricket quesadillas. Silkworm cookies and mealworm brownies. The menu appeared to be out of a fictional story, but insect-chef Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs was quite serious as he described the unique and vivid flavors each insect would bring to the dishes we were preparing at UW-Madison’s “Swarm to Table: Cooking with Insects Workshop.”
The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the most movies about journalism, especially ones made before the 21st century. However, it is without doubt one of my favorite genres to watch, especially when done well. Well-crafted dialogue, a sharp attention to detail and charming characters are hallmarks of the genre.
McDonald’s serves 69 million people daily in 37,000 restaurants located in over 100 countries around the world. Due to their scale, environmental-protection efforts (and lack of effort) have significant influence in worldwide progress. How are they taking on this responsibility?
Recently a team of forest ecologists declared global tree restoration is one of the most effective carbon reduction solutions. They claim forest restoration at a global scale could lead to an additional 205 metric gigatonnes of carbon sequestration, or the equivalent of 25% of the current atmospheric carbon pool.
If you think these impressive numbers sound too good to be true, you may be right.
Recent decades have brought about an increase in wildfires across the western United States. These fires, which have created dangerous situations for people and animals, are drastically altering the landscape of the country. Between 60,000 and 80,000 wildfires occur annually around the world, burning 3 million to 10 million acres of land depending on the year.
Imagine this: The White House roof has been covered in solar panels, which capture the sun’s energy to heat water used inside. Legislation has been passed to clean up America’s hazardous waste sites. Instead of offering up land to destructive mining operations, national parks and wildlife refuges are being created to preserve its wilderness.
It may sound like a futuristic fantasy, but these were the programs being implemented in the late 1970s during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
The Aichi Biodiversity Targets were meant to craft a roadmap towards establishing an “enriching society in harmony with nature.” Unfortunately, even though the strategy was set to expire this year, little action has been taken to meet the targets described by the agreement.