Scientists Investigate Cockroach Milk for Human Consumption
The masterminds have said for a while now that we should eat bugs so as to prevent it from being too warm outside. How will they push the envelope farther still? Maybe by insisting that we wash down the bugs with cockroach milk:
An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?
It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future.
Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies.
Since cows stand accused of causing global warming with their farts, it sure is a relief that scientists are working on ways to produce cockroach milk for human consumption, so that cows won’t be needed even for dairy products.
On tips from J and Rob E. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.