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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?

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Weleda Skin Food Review

weleda skin food review

weleda skin food review

Need a Weleda Skin Food review?  Great, you’ve come to the right place!

In winter my poor skin takes a battering.  Between cold temperatures, strong winds and central heating, I quite often get wind burn on my face.  This winter was no exception, so I did some research on the internet for an effective natural moisturiser and came up with Weleda Skin Food.

Weleda Skin Food is a favourite of celebrities such as Helena Christensen, Adele, Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham – but without the celebrity price tag.  It comes in at around budget friendly £10 for a large tube that keeps you going for months.

Weleda Skin Food Review

Weleda Skin Food is a very rich and heavy all-over body moisturiser, specially formulated for dry skin hot spots, such as hands, feet and elbows.  Containing all-natural ingredients, such as organic sunflower oil, calendula, chamomile, wild pansy and rosemary, there are no petro-chemicals in sight.

As well as being impressed by its provenance, I was also impressed at it’s quality – it’s a lovely thick consistency.

My dry skin is concentrated on my face so I didn’t try it anywhere else, but after only a few weeks I’m pleased to report that it has really sorted out my dry skin, leaving my face soft and supple and looking well moisturised.  It does leave my face looking quite shiny and oily after applying  it though, so I’d recommend using it very sparingly and only as a night cream.

This will definitely be my go-to product when my skin is looking red or rough, or looking a bit winter beaten.

A few words though – due to the oily nature of the cream I’d avoid it if you have oily skin.  Weleda Skin Food is also strongly scented – a heady herbal mix of orange/citrus and lavender – which really lingers.  I personally quite like the smell, it smells really fresh, but I know others might it a bit overpowering.  If you’re not using it on your face though it might be less pungent.

I purchased it from my local health-food store, but it’s widely available online*, and comes with the Moral Fibres seal of approval :)

2017 edit: I thought I would add that I have used Skin Food extensively since this initial review.  Dry hands?  check.  Dry elbows and knees?  Check.  Weather beaten kids cheeks?  Check.  To help heal minor skin irritations or injuries?  Check.  Heck, I haven’t found a situation Skin Food hasn’t been able to help.  And the best part – one tube lasts for months and months on end.

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