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It seems the world’s ecosystem is in far greater peril than originally thought. A peer-reviewed scientific paper claims that 40% of the world’s insects are in decline, while another third is endangered.
The catastrophic findings of the paper point to a significant speed up in the decline and disappearance of the world’s insect population in the last few decades. The paper is unambiguous in blaming over-consumption, intensive agriculture and climate change for
The plight of the world’s bees has been well flagged in recent years, however, the problem goes a lot deeper and is far more widespread than we could have thought. The report uses very stark language in pointing out the danger that this represents not only to the food
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The report outlines a 2.5 annual rate of decline in insects who are essential for pollination, controlling pests, turning over soil, carrying nutrients, breaking down organic matter, as well as providing food for fish, bird and lizard species all over the world.
The UN recently stated the need for global food systems to integrate insect proteins into humans’ diets in order to sustain the projected population growth projections in the coming decades. That option now looks to be under significant threat with the information available in this report.
Butterflies and moths apparently have been the worst affected insect species but the report cites many examples of insect populations that have been decimated recently. Puerto Rico has lost 98% of its ground insects in just 35 years.
How can we reverse the decline in insect numbers?
Quite simply, we have to change the way we eat and farm food. This is the clear message coming from this report and chefs need to vigorously and zealously continue to promote this philosophy in everything they do.
We have to shun any foods that are produced with pesticides and which are carbon dioxide intensive. We have spent the last 100 year or so trying to kill insects, we now have to nurture them. Intensive farming that strips the land of the trees and bushes that make up the insects’ habitats needs to be dismantled. Organic, locally sourced produce, from sustainable and biodiverse
The report states “A rethinking of current agricultural practices, in