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Eating Insects: Eco-Friendly Meat

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So, Food Service Warehouse, a national provider of restaurant equipment, has created a very interesting, and some would say disgusting, infographic on the topic of eating bugs. Now, I like to watch people who are pretending to survive on an island for $1,000,000 as a cash prize eating bugs as much as the next person, but when it comes to my protein intake I would rather it moo, cluck or oink, but I digress…

Sometimes I am not that gung-ho to read submitted infographics based on my own interests, but this infographic sucked me in with the foreign idea of eating insects as a diet change for the world’s population. Certainly a radical and stomach churning idea, but maybe we just have to get used to this culinary switch? A lot would have to factor into your thoughts about global warming. Do you believe it is happening? Do you think we can change it, if you do? Then do you believe eating bugs and creepy crawlies will affect it vs chowing down on steaks and pork chops?

The insect eating infographic goes into detail to set-up its case. How much nitrous oxide do our main food sources put in the atmosphere? It looks like 18% of the GHG (Greenhouse Gasses) come from our delicious livestock. And there are a crap load of hogs in Iowa, 6 hogs for every 1 person, in fact. So we have a lot of food walking around adding to the GHGs. The infographic proves its point about greenhouse gases and then offers the solution, which is to farm insects which produce far less GHG. Beef cattle produce 2,850 CO2 vs the less-yummy cricket which produces 1.57 C02. I wonder though if 2,000 or so crickets would be as filling as one cow? I guess that is an infographic for another day.

I am fascinated with this topic and think it is certainly “food” for thought. The data and information provided is very engaging, topical and well researched. I wanted more details and statistics to really convince me.

The design keeps with a “green” theme, using earth tones and a soft color palette. Green and brown with a tan background are all good and honest choices. The playful title graphic works well and using the millipede and the ants as part of the titling is a welcome addition to the fun feel of this infographic. Fonts are easy to read and I would guess Futura is the typeface chosen, which is clean and has a earthy feel with its rounded appearance. The animals appear to be clip art, which is okay because they look to be from a similar illustration style. My only fault is with the “stink lines” above each pile of creatures in the “farm insects not cattle” section.

While I may not be able to swallow the idea of eating a locust over a lamb chop, this eating insects infographic was very filling.

Design: B+

Very good effort and excellent layout. Easy to follow and simple design.

Information: A

I loved the idea and the research was an interesting read, even if I don’t like the solution to the problem of greenhouse house gasses.


One Comment on “Eating Insects: Eco-Friendly Meat”

  1. 1 hhh said at 5:12 am on May 12th, 2011:

    what about nutritional content…seems like a missing statistic.