Why worms could be the superfood of the future: Here’s why

 

Currently, humanity lives in a consumerist vortex with deeply rooted gastronomic traditions depending on the geographical area. Along these lines, experts are beginning to warn of the need to establish changes in the Feeding Habits and the worms waves algae you could become a superfood.

In this sense, a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), has highlighted the need for radical changes in the food system.

The objective of this change in habits would be aimed at safeguarding the food supply and tackling malnutrition in many parts of the world in a context marked by climate change, epidemics and environmental degradation.

Superfoods to eradicate malnutrition in the world

Recently, the Grupo Siro Foundation has promoted the creation of a ‘hypernutritive’ cookie full of minerals and vitamins to end malnutrition in the world. And in this sense the study developed by the University of Cambridge is directed.

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The researchers warn that the future global food supply cannot continue to be sustained under traditional mechanisms. For this reason, they propose the integration into the food system of state-of-the-art formulas with controlled environments that are capable of producing new foods.

This seeks to reduce the vulnerability to which traditional food production is exposed to environmental changes, diseases or pests.

And it is at this point where researchers are committed to growing foods such as spirulina, chlorella, insect larvae (worms), mycoprotenin and macroalgae to end malnutrition in the world.

These foods mentioned here have already aroused interest as nutritional alternatives to traditional foods, both of animal and vegetable origin.

Modification in the food system

These ‘foods of the future’, which could also be branded as superfoods, could cause a radical change in the operation of conventional food systems. That is, they could be grown on a large scale in modular and compact systems.

Dr. Asaf Tzachor, one of the main researchers on this study, explains that “foods such as sugar algae, flies, mealworms and single-celled algae such as chlorella, have the potential to provide healthy and risk-resistant diets that can tackle malnutrition around the world. ‘

He then adds that the current food system is vulnerable. “You are exposed to a litany of risks – floods and frost, droughts and dry spells, pathogens and parasites – that marginal improvements in productivity will not change,” he continues. For our food supply to be future-proof, we have to integrate completely new forms of agriculture into the current system, ”he says.

With all this, the study suggests that there are significant risks of establishing a dependence on food produced through agricultural systems or conventional supplies. Thus, they highlight that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the existing vulnerability.

In addition, experts warn that the Covid-19 pandemic could be just the beginning of new catastrophes. For example, forest fires or droughts in North America, outbreaks of swine fever in Africa, or locust nines in the East African desert warn of what is causing climate change.

Finally, Catherina Richards, PhD researcher at the Center for Existential Risk Studies and the Cambridge Department of Engineering, is blunt: “Technological advances open up many possibilities for alternative food supply systems that are more resistant to risks and capable of supplying effectively sustainable nutrition for billions of people. ‘

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