American Producers Begin Replacing Meat with Insect-Based ‘Foods’

American meat producers have started to replace their products with insect-based “foods” and lab-grown “meats.”

The meat industry is now investing heavily in the relentless drive toward getting so-called “novel protein” (insects and cultured meat) into the food supply.

This year’s climate summit was the first to extensively address food production.

There was a Food Systems Pavilion with eight thematic days and one of those days was exclusively about how to “Advance Protein Diversification.”

In other words, how to get people to eat stuff they don’t want to.

The publishing industry is getting into this, too.

You can find dozens of books that have been recently brought to market, earnestly promoting insects as food to save the planet.

These are not to be outdone by books swearing that lab-grown meat will revolutionize food.

They discussed how to “push” consumers toward novel protein.

Discussions highlighted innovations in Israel, Brazil, Singapore, Denmark, and the Netherlands, all countries that have pioneered research in either insect farming or cultured meat.

The folks at the climate summit discussed “how we can push others toward the tipping point in protein diversification.”

One discussion focused on circular agrifood and biomass.

“Circular agrifood” sounds high-tech but really boils down to waste processing.

For example, a farm may be perfectly circular if livestock exclusively consumes vegetation on the farm, their poop is spread around the pastures, they get processed on-farm, and the waste materials are buried, fed to dogs, or otherwise kept on the property.

Two hundred years ago, most farms were “circular agrifood systems.”

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So, are they promoting the traditional closed-loop, locally-owned, independently operated farms? Not quite.

This discussion was chaired by an expert in waste management and a representative of an innovative food processing company, not managers of closed-loop farms.

In fact, if you live in a wealthy country, these people may see your local farmer as the problem, not the solution.

Speakers at the recent United Nations COP28 summit blame overconsumption in wealthy countries for food instability in poorer ones.

This is a gross simplification of an incredibly complex set of problems.

Overconsumption of food isn’t just a “rich people problem.” It’s the opposite.

For starters, overconsumption of food is not necessarily related to overall wealth.

You don’t see overweight people walking around elite enclaves like Malibu or Aspen.

They’re in the poorer parts of major cities, and throughout rural America.

People at the bottom of the socioeconomic food chain are not overconsuming pastured steaks and Kerrygold butter.

They’re overconsuming the stuff their SNAP benefits pay for at Dollar Tree, foods like Doritos and Mountain Dew.

These foods are artificially cheap because they are made of processed corn, which is heavily subsidized by the government.

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is aware of this.

He was less militant about eliminating meat from American diets than his European counterparts.

His talks during “Food Day” emphasized less food wastage rather than eliminating meat and dairy.

However, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) insists that affluent Westerners need to reduce meat and dairy consumption by 35-50% to achieve climate goals.

Climate change is being blamed for food shortages in developing countries.

However, you cannot ignore the role distribution problems play.

These might be related to war or internal problems such as corruption.

They are not necessarily affected by the actions of wealthier countries.

Solving the problem of low-income, overweight Americans would involve massive cultural changes.

It would involve fixing the subsidy system that makes junk food so cheap.

It would involve a huge push to re-introduce home economics classes, empowering people to prepare their own food.

And it would involve a change in cultural expectations.

When working multiple part-time jobs is the norm, it’s really hard to find time to prepare healthy meals.

Food scarcity in developing countries isn’t because of “rich Westerners,” either.

Solving the problem of food scarcity in less developed countries is no small feat either.

It would involve better infrastructure, such as roads and refrigeration facilities.

It would also require accountability at the local level in terms of ensuring corrupt officials do not keep donated goods for themselves.

All of these solutions involve increasing local control and self-empowerment for individuals to make better decisions for themselves.

So, is that what the food giants and the attendees of summits like COP28 are working toward?

These summits promote consolidation and processed foods.

No, they’re going to keep moving toward consolidating food companies and putting more highly processed junk food on the market.

The “Big Four” meatpackers (JBS, Cargill, Tyson, and National Beef Packing) control more than 80% of the market.

Of these four, JBSCargill, and Tyson have invested in cultured (lab-grown) meat.

They are beginning to see themselves as in the protein business rather than the meat business.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that investing in alternative proteins helps companies’ ESG scores.

They are not just investing in cultured meat.

Cargill and Tyson have also been investing in insect production.

In 2022, Cargill partnered with Innovafeed, an insect meal producer.

They feed livestock waste to black soldier flies, which then are in turn fed to farmed fish, chicks, and piglets.

Now Tyson’s getting in on the game.

In October, Tyson purchased a minority stake in Dutch insect farming company Protix.

They plan to build a black soldier fly facility in the US for use in pet foods and livestock feed.

Tyson says they do not plan to add insects to human food “at this time.”

Fish, chicks, and piglets do naturally consume insects.

This drive toward partnerships between giants in the traditional livestock industry and insect producers is worth our attention.

Studies have found that putting the infrastructure in place for insect protein production is not as climate-neutral as it pretends to be.

Constructing the facilities required for a substantial amount of protein production would require a significant amount of space and energy.

A whole new infrastructure would need to be built, and in a more freely functioning market, investors would need to see demand before making those kinds of commitments.

The demand for novel proteins has not been developing organically, and a huge infrastructure for conventional meat processing already exists.

Consumers are not choosing novel proteins.

They’re being pushed on us by people who seem religiously convinced that eating insects is good for the planet.

Tyson may not be planning to put insect meal into their meat products “at this time,” but they’re investing in the infrastructure that could make that happen when they think the time is right.

With all the talk about how good eating insects is for the environment, it’s reasonable to assume that companies will start looking at how to incorporate insect protein into their food products.

How to really improve the agricultural system

There are absolutely ways in which the agricultural system could improve.

But the real solutions lie in working toward fewer middlemen.

This would make locally produced food more affordable, wherever “local” is for you, and more profitable for the farmers.

Customers need more transparency to make better dietary choices, and building connections with local farmers and custom processors is a great way to achieve that.

As the food giants move toward novel proteins, it will be more important than ever to know where your meat comes from.

Unless, of course, insect nuggets sound delicious to you.

What are your thoughts, though?

If you could save money, would you eat lab-grown meat or insects?

Do you think this type of “food” production is good for the planet?

Are you interested in trying these products?

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John
John
2 months ago

IF any government is involved, it’s NOT good for we the people!!! Amen

EVER!

elizabethrc
elizabethrc
2 months ago

If this is going on among our so called “leaders” here in America, this goes against much of what our country was founded upon. The rights we hold apparently mean nothing to these greedy bastards so we should remove ALL of their rights. First among them would be their right to freedom of speech, second, removal of every dime of their riches and third, isolation for the rest of their lives so that they cannot try to influence us further. Let them be a lesson to others who hold similar plans for us. If ever there were an action ripe for a civil war, theirs would be it!

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  elizabethrc

No “if” to it, it is. Our leaders have been globalist for decades!

;^)
;^)
2 months ago

How EXACTLY did this second generation NAZI convince the world to mindlessly follow him? Are people grasping the nature of the danger of this Authoritarian Communist nest of megalomaniacs?
Klaus Schwab has bragged about how the WEF has “penetrated the cabinets” of governments around the world!
Naturally, OUR Infiltrators are all-in for this program, since their ideologies are exactly the same! Our Marxist media keeps us in the dark and distracts us, while everything is about to be taken from us.
We are sleepwalking into an irreversible nightmare, America! Our fake government keeps us alarmed about other things, while the (occupied) US sends delegates and wholeheartedly participates in the imprisonment of the world!
Not only must we fight to defeat our Communist overlords in DC, we must elect a freedom-fighter, to deny this global takeover of humanity!

RE-ELECTING TRUMP IS NO LONGER A POLITICAL CHOICE, IT IS A SURVIVAL CHOICE!

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  ;^)

The pot control the banks, thus the economies, therefore the gov’t of the world! They took over ours in 1913; you can thank Woodrow Wilson for that, along with the lower 48 states’ legislatures that yr.

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandra Smith

PTB not “pot”!

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
2 months ago

Lower incomes equal lower qua!it foods, equal loads of empty calories leading to over eating and obesity, noe the monsters in control want to remove low quality meats and replace that with lower quality BUGS, while they dine or organic fruits,veggies and pasture raised meats! May the Lord recompense soon, and well!

;^)
;^)
2 months ago

“Climate” is the Swiss Army Knife of fear to control people and behavior! Global Warming didn’t work. Global Cooling wasn’t 100% effective. So…CLIMATE CHANGE covers all the bases! If you don’t obey, we’re ALL gonna die!
The part we’re not told…there is NO EVIDENCE that humans affect climate! That’s the lie that cannot be uncovered, or the global hysteria will crumble!
We are ruled by FEAR! It’s how the Elites control us! This, the Mother of all fears, has been specially designed to keep us alarmed!
We’re told what we eat, where we live, how we cook and what we drive must be CONTROLLED, or our planet is doomed! Oh, and higher taxes will “save the planet,” too!
Actually, if we allow ourselves to be herded in this way, our FREEDOM is what’s doomed!
We have been lied to about everything else! What makes you think this is truth?

CLIMATE CHANGE
WHERE THE WEATHER IS ALWAYS
“YOUR FAULT” AND THE ONLY
SOLUTION IS COMMUNISM

Temper
Temper
2 months ago

I want PROOF that these WEFers are doing EVERYTHING they propose, FIRST.!..THEN, i MIGHT pay attetion to their BS!

PithyKat
PithyKat
2 months ago

So, the hidden message in this is that American meat producers are in agreement to surrender the United States sovereignty to the elitist communistic self-appointed globalists? My guess would be a resounding ‘YES’ and for that I encourage boycott. Let it all rot where it lay and I wish the same for the elitist communistic self-appointed globalists.

Tex
Tex
2 months ago

My take, …. a resounding HELL NO to the questions presented in this article !!!

Claudio
Claudio
2 months ago

Also, it doesn’t hurt that investing in alternative proteins helps companies’ ESG scores. This is blackrock and vangsrd ´s doing , they are the source of these problems

William G
William G
2 months ago

Well we need to start raising our own Meat Products like we did 30 -40 years ago and Gardening too and stop this before it happen too

Sandy G.
Sandy G.
2 months ago

I will go completely without meat before I will eat insects. That is disgusting!

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