Current indicators of the global food supply are not promising and could lead to crises on a global scale. Rapid population increases, severe climate changes, high food prices, and the depletion of available resources to produce more meat are all factors that indicate the signs of a global food crisis that will only be solved by developing new foods and adopting different patterns from what is currently prevalent.


Meat is considered a scarce food in some developing countries already due to its exorbitant prices. During the next five years, the price of meat will double in the wealthy countries as well, in Europe and North America. The situation in these countries may be due to eating meat on occasions, as was the case in the Middle Ages.


One of the latest discoveries is a berry growing in Africa that can turn any food into a sugary taste, even lemons and salts. It is currently used in Japan to combat sugar addiction, and this pill is chewed before eating foods without sugar to change its taste to a sugary taste, and it saves those who eat it with the calories associated with sugary foods.


In the field of searching for new food sources, scientists are currently searching in several directions, the most important of which are:


Seaweed


They are abundant in shallow salt water and provide a healthy food source not only in providing food, but also in improving health. In research conducted at the University of Newcastle in Britain, it was confirmed that eating seaweed helps reduce weight by preventing the body from absorbing fats from the foods we currently eat.


Seaweed is found among the foods sold in Chinese restaurants now, but in the future it may spread to supermarkets to cover any global food shortage. It is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, and it can be added to bread, cheese and preserves to reduce salt levels and raise vitamins. There are more than 10 thousand species of seaweed in the world.


 Insects


Insects provide a high protein nutritional value equivalent to eating meat. British university research says that raising insects for food is less expensive than raising cows, consumes less water, and does not have a harmful carbon footprint.


In addition, there are more than 1,400 species of insects that are suitable for human food. Burgers and sausages can be made from insects with a taste similar to current animal products. Locusts are considered a future food source and can be prepared by barbecue or made into other foods.


European countries are currently spending large sums on research and development of laws regulating insect farms and their human consumption in food. Indeed, there are African countries that consume insects in their daily food, but transporting them to the world requires a persuasion campaign for the public opinion, perhaps by replacing the word insects with another word.