Feeding 9 Billion People High-Quality Protein

On a drive to a speaking engagement in Tennessee, one of my fellow passengers brought up the topic of food security and the question that I've seen a lot lately: "How will we feed the 9 billion people who will be living on our planet by 2050?"  Given our current farming technology and natural resources it seems like a huge challenge. Fortunately, there are a lot of great minds working on a solution, demonstrating that humans are likely to adapt and change as they always have.  Today's example is brought to us by the Aspire Team of McGill University. Their project to provide affordable nutrition to the urban poor earned them the prestigious Hult Prize in 2013.  How will they do it?  With insects! The team's research showed them that the vast majority in urban slums do not go hungry. They simply lack access to affordable nutrition.  Here in the U.S. we've labeled these areas "food deserts" because they lack grocery stores and other affordable food options, so people feed themselves by purchasing food from convenience stores or fast food restaurants. These populations may be overweight, even obese, but the low-nutrient foods they eat leave them malnourished. Though you and I may not be ready to eat insects, 2.5 billion people DO eat them.  So Aspire's solution is to improve access to edible insects worldwide.  They deve

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