Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
8 minute read
4 May 2020
4:16 pm

Stop the bug apocalypse – and grab a scoop of locust ice cream

Nica Richards

Intensive agriculture, pesticides, pollution and urbanisation could be wiping out large numbers of our insect populations, which are needed to ensure many of our food sources continue to exist, and some insects even make for some tasty food themselves.

Insects are nutritious and many species contain relatively more protein than conventional meat sources. CK Bangkok Photography/Shutterstock

In February, scientists raised the alarm that insects which make up half of the 1 million known animal and plant species that inhabit Earth are facing extinction. Conservation biologists laid out in a ‘warning to humanity’ the negative consequences humans face should our unsustainable ways continue to threaten insects, and the species that are codependent on them. This follows an earlier entry, published in April 2019, in which authors Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Kris Wyckhuys warned that over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction over the next few decades. The journal entries, which resulted in panicked media reports from...