You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

World

UN says eating insects good for health, environment

ROME — The latest weapon in the United Nations’ fight against hunger, global warming, and pollution might be flying by right now. Edible insects are being promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets, and livestock.

The United Nations cites appetizing benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution, creating jobs in developing countries, and feeding millions of hungry people.

Continue reading below

An estimated two billion people eat insects, largely in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization said.

Scientists who have studied the nutritional value of insects have found that red ants, small grasshoppers, and some water beetles pack enough protein to rank with lean ground beef, while having less fat per gram. Edible insects also provide fiber and contain useful minerals.

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week