• [email protected]@sh.itjust.works
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    12 days ago

    As far as low environmental impact protein farms go, I personally prefer shellfish. They’re delicious, can survive mostly on algae (which I’d love to become another dietary mainstay), and can be used to clear heavy metals in non-dietary utilizations. Spirulina is delicious as well, but tends not to be a great heavy metal sink.

    In the end, I just don’t love the texture of most bugs and I hope sustainable protein farming can branch out more in the future.

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      12 days ago

      I’m skeptical of any sort of seafood. Yes, it might be low environmental impact but we’ve overfished so much

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      Maybe the insect protein farms can be used to develop food supplements instead of just being food by themselves.

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        That’s pretty much my stance, if you make my protein bars with them or sausages or whatever that don’t look or taste like them, I couldn’t care less. Putting a huge, wiggly, juicy larva in my mouth is a hard no though.

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      In the end, I just don’t love the texture of most bugs and I hope sustainable protein farming can branch out more in the future.

      That’s fair, and… to me the concept/look/smell is off-putting, but it’s a huge industry in much of Asia.

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      12 days ago

      can survive mostly on algae

      This reminded me of our pet crayfish Pinchy. I found him crossing a road not near any water after a storm and he was missing a claw. We kept him in a plastic tub and did nothing but add water and give him algae wafers for the 5 more years he lived. He grew his claw back and seemed perfectly happy to sit in the same place and not have to search for food for the entire time. Talk about a low maintenance pet!