February 8, 2016

The article in the Jan. 25 WCR that appears outside of the paper's mandate, "Insects may play a key role in halting climate change," is disturbing.

The examples cited, where humans have consumed insects are portrayed as everyday staples. This is a myth; it was more likely out of desperation.

Reading the article reminded me of the starving people of

Biafra in the late sixties eating rats because there was no other food to be had. That was not their choice as was it the choice to consume insects in the cases of examples cited.

If this is a viable option, I invite the authors to my farm to make a few meals out of the tent caterpillars when they are defoliating all the trees or the grasshoppers when they are eating our crops along with everything in sight.

It is ironic that this article was a "Special to the WCR" while in the same issue there was a column describing the Ethiopian drought and its effect on the people living in the region.

What is continually missed is modern agriculture has increased the food supply while reducing the environmental footprint on our earth. That trend will continue if we allow farmers and science to do their job.

I am disturbed the WCR hosts numerous articles on climate change with no more than complaining about our lifestyle. For a change let's talk about things "we" can do, like develop crops that are drought tolerant, that can withstand higher temperatures, use fewer resources to produce higher yields and use more carbon dioxide.

At least we would be prepared if the doomsayers are right.

The WCR has a responsibility to Catholics and readers at large not to be hijacked by those with agendas.

Albert Wagner
Stony Plain