The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects.
The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets.
A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency's Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.
Insects are "extremely efficient" in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of feed into 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of feed to produce a kilo of meat.
Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said.
University biologists have analyzed the nutritional value of edible insects, and some of them, such as certain beetles, ants, crickets and grasshoppers, come close to lean red meat or broiled fish in terms of protein per gram (ounce).
But are they tasty?
The report noted that some caterpillars in southern Africa and weaver ant eggs in Southeast Asia are considered delicacies and command high prices.
And some people who might not entertain the thought of consuming insects might already be eating them. Many insects are ingested inadvertently.
Quote:Warner Bros is being sued for the alleged unauthorised use of two cats that have achieved internet fame.
The complaint alleged that the cats were used without permission in Scribblenauts, a series of games on the Nintendo DS and other platforms.
Court documents alleged that Warner Bros and 5th Cell "knowingly and intentionally infringed" both claimant's ownership rights.
"Compounding their infringements," court papers said, "defendants have used 'Nyan Cat' and 'Keyboard Cat', even identifying them by name, to promote and market their games, all without plaintiffs' permission and without any compensation to plaintiffs."
Gamma Group, a British company, offers governments and law enforcement agencies spy Trojans that are designed to covertly infiltrate computers and gather data from hard drives, eavesdrop on Skype chats and other communications, and conduct "live surveillance through webcam and microphone," according to marketing materials. The technology is supposed to be used solely to target serious criminals such as terrorists. However, a mounting bodyof evidence has linked it to attacks on activists or political opposition figures from countries including Bahrain and Ethiopia. A report published last month revealed that servers linked to Gamma’s line of “FinFisher” surveillance Trojans have been traced to servers running in at least 25 countries, including several with poor human rights records, such as Malaysia, Qatar, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Last year, researchers spotted that the spy tool had apparently been masking itself as Mozilla Firefox—tricking targeted users into thinking it was a legitimate application. I drew this to Mozilla’s attention in September and, after months of declining to comment, the company recently told me it had been in discussions with attorneys, consumer advocacy groups, and other software companies about launching legal action against Gamma for potential trademark violation. “Wee found what Gamma was doing to be highly offensive,” Alex Fowler, Mozilla’s chief privacy officer, told me in a phone call earlier this month. “The trust that people have put into the Mozilla brand, the Firefox brand, is one of our most important assets—it’s what people put a lot of faith in. So for a company using those brands and trademarks in a way that is playing off of that trust and brand to surreptitiously surveil citizens living in countries with repressive regimes—it's doubly offensive.”
There is a post on the Mozilla blog concerning this.
Also, about this story's title: NO WHERE in the story does anyone representing Mozilla mention a lawsuit of any kind. Since when is a 'cease and desist' letter equivalent to a lawsuit?