Orthoptera contain abundant protein,
Which can be up to three times greater than beef
And is just as digestible as casein.
When you consider they only eat leaf,
A nineteen percent gain in body mass
Is without doubt a quite substantial feat.
Sustainable cows can be reared on grass
Alas the same can’t be said for ranches
That ensure climate change will soon come to pass.
Just one look at evolutionary branches
Suggests that insects are cleaner than meat.
Cows, pigs and chickens all cause diseases.
The majority of food that insects eat
Goes to make carbohydrates, fats and protein
While most of what livestock eat they excrete.
Grasshopper fats are incredibly lean
With similar levels as chicken and fish
While nutritionally they out-compete beans.
Thus on poetry day I have but one wish:
Insects one day take pride of place on the dish.