MembersGrasshopper With a Galilee Twist

The revolution that could solve the world’s food shortage might well run through the north of Israel.

By Esti Eliraz |
Grasshoppers
Photo: Foto: Yehuda Ben-Itah/Flash90

As the global population increases, and life expectancy lengthens, Israeli innovation is leading the world in finding creative solutions.

Hard questions are now being asked about how we will feed a global population of 10 billion people. How can we maintain healthy diets? How can we provide more food to impoverished third world countries? The answer, according to Israel innovators, is “food tech,” a new category of hi-tech that combines nutrition, medicine and technology to create personalized diets, sometimes from discarded foods, all fortified with vitamins. One such example has been the development of a new kind of bread made from discarded grapes.

Another is grasshopper salad, which has the potential to eliminate world hunger and thwart dire predictions regarding our ability to produce adequate amounts of food in the future. Grasshoppers are more eco-friendly and far more numerous than cattle. They are rich in protein and vitamins, and, of course, they are kosher. If only we can overcome our ingrained disgust at biting into an insect.

Dr. Ofer Benjamin of Tel Chai University is currently doing research into locusts, the...

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