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Bugs on the menu at UN meeting in Thailand 聯合國會議的蟲蟲大餐

Professor Lin Jin-tun of Taiwan Normal University is shown holding a cockroach on March 13, 2007, in Taipei.
去年三月十三日,台灣師範大學的林金盾教授在台北展示一隻蟑螂。照片︰ 法新社

PHOTO: AFP

Professor Lin Jin-tun of Taiwan Normal University is shown holding a cockroach on March 13, 2007, in Taipei.

去年三月十三日,台灣師範大學的林金盾教授在台北展示一隻蟑螂。

照片︰ 法新社

PHOTO: AFP

Insects were on the menu last week at a UN meeting in Thailand. At the meeting experts talked about the dietary value of bugs, which are delicacies in some countries.

Eating bugs is limited to gross-out TV shows in many countries. But the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that 1,400 insect species are eaten around the world.

Among the most popular insect

munchies

are beetles, ants, bees, crickets and moths. Bugs can be nutritious, sometimes offering as much

protein

as meat and fish.

The three-day meeting in Chiang Mai was organized to look at how nutritious insects are. Scientists at the meeting said not enough is known about most

edible

forest insects.

Farming insects could provide new sources of income for rural populations. Thailand, where 200 insect species are eaten by humans, would benefit greatly.

At the UN meeting experts also talked about improving marketing for edible insects. They want to find new

consumers

. (STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP)

昆蟲竟出現在上星期泰國舉行的聯合國會議菜單上,與會專家們還大談昆蟲的食用價值,這對有些國家來說是美味佳餚。

在許多國家,吃蟲子僅出現在令人作嘔的電視節目裡。但聯合國糧食及農業組織表示,全世界人類食用的昆蟲有一千四百多種。

最受歡迎的昆蟲點心則包括金龜子、螞蟻、蜜蜂、蟋蟀和飛蛾。有些蟲子很營養,還可提供跟魚和肉一樣多的蛋白質。

這場在清邁為期三天的會議,主要是探討昆蟲的營養價值;科學家們說,大家對可食用的「森林昆蟲」了解不夠多。

養殖昆蟲能提供農村人口新的收入來源,在泰國有兩百多種昆蟲被人類食用,該國就可能受益於昆蟲養殖。

與會專家們還談到擴大行銷可食用昆蟲的議題,希望能開發新客源。

(法新社∕翻譯:張愛弟)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. munchies v.t.

點心 (dian3 xin1)

例: My favorite munchies are Cheetos.

(我最愛的點心是「芝多司」薯條。)

2. protein n.

蛋白質 (dan4 bai2 zhi1)

例: There's a lot of useful protein in chicken.

(在雞肉中富含有益的蛋白質。)

3. edible adj.

食用的 (shi2 yong4 de5),可食的 (ke3 shi2 de5)

例: Many kinds of flowers are edible.

(許多種類的花都可以吃。)

4. consumer

n.

消費者 (xiao1 fei4 zhe3)

例: Teenagers are important consumers of our products.

(青少年是我們重要的消費群。)


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