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Environmental Books for Kids: The Journey Home

I haven’t come across many environmental story books for younger children but a little while ago I came across “The Journey Home” by Frann Preston-Gannon in my local bookshop, so immediately picked it up for my daughter.

The Journey Home

Centred around a polar bear whose home on the ice caps is melting: the polar bear sets off on a journey to find a new home and comes across some other animals who are all in the same boat – whose habitats are being lost or destroyed.

Frann Preston-Gannon

environmental books for kids

The Journey Home Frann Preston-Gannon

The illustrations are stunning and the story is simple, making it a great way to introduce ideas of conservation and the impact of man on the planet with older children in a simple and accessible manner.

My own daughter is a bit too young for the book – it’s probably better suited for four, five and six year olds – but it’s a good read – one that we all enjoy.  Recommended!

Do you know any other good environmental books for kids?  Do share in the comments below!

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Can Eating Insects Save The World?

can eating insects save the world

can eating insects save the world

Last night I caught an interesting documentary on BBC4 – ‘Can Eating Insects Save The World?’ – and it provoked lots of interesting discussion in our house about eating insects.

Presenter Stefan Gates travels to Thailand and Cambodia, where the consumption of spiders (including tarantulas) and insects is not only commonplace, but often a delicacy which commands high prices.  Yet here in the West if insects are found in a restaurant it’s a call to Environmental Health department of the local council.

It is estimated that thee are 40 tonnes of insects to every human (which if you do the maths is an incomprehensible amount of insects!), yet billions of people on earth are starving and malnourished.  At the same time the farming of livestock for meat for the rich diverts thousands of tonnes of grain out of the food chain, further exacerbating global food inequalities .  Stefan asks if the solution is for everyone – the British included – to start eating insects too.

We personally thought that eating insects would be no different to eating prawns – both are arthropods – and are low in fat and full of protein making them healthy alternatives to meat.  Insects are less likely to be contaminated (as in the recent beef/horse meat scandal).  Insects also lay eggs in massive quantities, and have short breeding hatching and growing times – in the case of crickets it takes 45 days from egg to fully grown cricket – meaning it is possible to generate huge quantities of insects in very short timescales compared to livestock, in a much much smaller and less resource and labour intensive manner.

However, and it’s a big however,  like many I’m really not keen on spiders (after an unfortunate incident – I’ll spare you the details in case you’re squeamish!), and can’t imagine ever having the guts to give eating insects a go!

What do you think?  Should we as a nation get over our fears and start eating insects?  Would you personally eat insects?