Entomophagy and Water, Sustainable Water Use, The Environment

Can Entomophagy Help Save Water?

Are you wondering if eating bugs, entomophagy, can help save the planet’s water? Well, then this article is for you.

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The need for sustainability is growing by the day.

Consequently, supranational organizations, national organizations, non-governmental organizations, etcetera, as well as you, the individual are asking the question; how can we become more sustainable?

Subsequently, data is collected about almost every human action and its relation to the environment by these various organizations.

Of course, sustainability is a tricky subject.  As you all already know, with every new answer comes a new question.

But yes; entomophagy can help save the planet’s water.

Earth’s water

Earth’s freshwater supply has stayed pretty constant over time. The dinosaurs drank it. Today, we humans together with Earth’s other beings are drinking the very same water.

Try and drink seawater, my guess is that you’ll find yourself a bit parched. Freshwater is the water we want and need. So too do the animals.

We not only need it to drink. We need it to wash our cars, do the dishes, to take showers, to wash our clothes, etc. I’m sure you can come up with another one hundred examples yourself.

When you watch space-related documentaries or read articles about space, Earth is sometimes referred to as “the blue” planet. Having 71 percent of the surface covered with water, it doesn’t seem like an unreasonable nick-name.

However, it can be misleading when dealing with the survival of all living beings.

Earth’s Freshwater

As previously mentioned, what we need is freshwater. Without it, we die, after all, of your body weight, 75 percent is water.

For that reason, we need to think about water in a more critical manner.

So let’s take a look at some of the numbers related to our water:

  • 71 percent of the world is covered by water.
  • 97 percent of our water is found in the oceans.
  • 3 percent is freshwater.
  • A puny 0.5 percent of freshwater is easily accessible.

Furthermore, those 2.5 percent of freshwater isn’t considered easily accessible due to the fact “it’s locked up”.

What I mean by “locked up” is that it’s stuck in places like our;

  • Glaciers.
  • Polar ice caps.
  • Atmosphere.
  • Soil.
  • Etcetera.

Water and Pollution

So, we’ve established most of the already small percentage of water is locked up in places where it’s hard to get.

Unfortunately, we’ve got the problem of pollution as well. And to state the obvious, polluting the already scarce cornerstone of life isn’t all that great.

So what happens if you let 1 puny gallon or 3.8 liters of paint seep into the earth? Well, it can pollute 250 000 gallons of drinking water.

One more example would be that of gasoline. One of the many pollutants we love. Here, we can see that 750 000 gallons of water can be polluted by just 1 spilled gallon of gasoline.

I could go on forever bringing up examples of what’s damaging to our water. However, I do think these two points illustrate how fragile our existence is.

I’m not trying to scare anyone, I myself don’t like being scared. But being informed of what dangers face the environment, consequently us, is just plain old common sense.

Needless to say, I don’t think any of us are to keen on taking a tour to the polar ice caps to bring home water.

Many of us, including myself up until recently have had the erroneous view of seeing water as something which is abundant. As we now see, this is clearly wrong. As a matter of fact, water is very scarce.

Water & Your 8 Ounces Beef Steak

Before I stopped eating meat and fish I most certainly could enjoy a big juicy beef steak. The reason why I stopped eating beef has nothing to with water. I stopped because of the health benefits of doing so.

However, as I researched water use I now see it was a good idea. Apparently, it has not only done well by my health but something good to our environment as well.

We can easily see this by looking at how much water it takes to produce this big juicy 8 ounces of beef steak, which is; 4664 liters or 1232 us gallons.

I’m 100 percent sure none of you if you knew this. The numbers are simply staggering.

Now, one of the great motivators behind people eating meat such as the aforementioned 8 ounces beef steak is due to the fact it’s full of protein.

Saving water is as previously discussed of massive importance. For this reason, I thought I would mention the United Nations actually view entomophagy, meaning eating bugs as something that could have considerably lower water use.

There are even claims a family of four, using insect protein one day a week for one year saves the Earth; 650 000 liters, or 171 712 us gallons of water a year.

Even though I get a lot of protein from our own cricket flour here at kutaan.com I still like to eat a lot of vegetables and the like.

So let’s look at the tomato. Here we can see it only takes 30 liters or 8 us gallons of water to produce 1 tomato.

I know, I know. It’s not really a fair comparison, but it does illustrate my point, being what we can do to save water.

Can Entomophagy help Save Water?- ConclusionCan Entomophagy help Save Water

As someone who works out a lot at the gym I can attest to the fact protein is more important than one would think, at least when physically active. Likewise, we need to start getting our sources of protein from a better source.

I personally know for a fact the water consumption for our crickets is far less than for conventional livestock. I see this when I visit the cricket farms.

Eating bugs may not save the world but it is a step in the right direction.

I’ve written about protein before. It’s a quick read with a few bullet points. If you want to learn more about protein the article is called “PROTEIN- WHAT IS IT AND DO YOU NEED IT?”.


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