Wait, What? CNN Says People Could Eat Worms, Instead Of Beef, To Fight Climate Change

The fight against climate change may have crossed a line that went too far for some people.

A CNN report is encouraging people to drastically change their diet and stop consuming beef.

Instead, people should eat worms. No, really.

CNN offered one suggestion for people to replace eating beef burgers—which is the hallmark of any good Independence Day celebration—with patties made from insects, Twitchy reports.

Check it out:

From Twitchy:

This burger as the share image on this climate apocalypse article from CNN looks pretty good, right?

Think again! That patty above is made from insects.

It’s made from mealworms, “the larval form of the mealworm beetle,” which we just found out from Wikipedia and now we REALLY want to vomit.

According to the CNN report, beef-eaters can switch from their usual beef patties to one made from veggies…

Opting for the veggie burger may be the ultimate sacrifice, but it would do the most by far to reduce greenhouse emissions. Plus, because there’s now plant-based options that claim to look, taste and smell like meat, perhaps it can satisfy carnivores’ appetites.

Beyond Meat, a California-based vegan protein brand, has developed the Beyond Burger, a soy-free, gluten-free vegan patty that they say looks and performs just like red meat. It even bleeds beetroot juice when cooked. Compared with a quarter-pound US beef burger, the company claims, it uses 99% less water, 93% less land and 46% less energy and that it emits 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

…or even insects:

Six-legged creatures already supplement the diets of 2 billion people in the world, predominantly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. But the trend is starting to creep into Western cuisine, with some restaurants offering insect-based menus and some mainstream European supermarkets starting to sell edible insect snacks or bug burgers.

Bug Foundation, a startup based in Germany, developed a burger made from mealworms that is now stocked in more than 1,000 supermarkets across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

“If you compare insects with beef, for the same amount of protein, you need roughly 1,000 times less water, 10 times less feed and you emit up to 100 times less greenhouse gases,” said Baris Özel, co-founder of Bug Foundation.

“No, absolutely not,” responded one user.

“Thank you, next,” said another.

By-and-large, the idea of an insects burger was not well received, despite any potential help to the environment it could provide. Check it out: