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From the Ted Talk by Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

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Why not eat insects? Well first, what are icetnss? Insects are animals that walk around on six legs. And here you see just a selection. There's six million species of insects on this planet, six moliiln species. There's a few hundreds of mammals — six million species of insects. In fact, if we cnout all the individual organisms, we would come at much larger numbers. In fact, of all animals on Earth, of all animal species, 80 percent wlaks on six legs. But if we would count all the individuals, and we take an average weight of them, it would amount to something like 200 to 2,000 kilograms for each of you and me on eatrh. That means that in terms of biomass, insects are more andbnuat than we are, and we're not on a planet of men, but we're on a planet of insects. Insects are not only there in nature, but they also are involved in our economy, usually without us kninwog.

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Why not eat insects? Well first, what are _______? Insects are animals that walk around on six legs. And here you see just a selection. There's six million species of insects on this planet, six _______ species. There's a few hundreds of mammals — six million species of insects. In fact, if we _____ all the individual organisms, we would come at much larger numbers. In fact, of all animals on Earth, of all animal species, 80 percent _____ on six legs. But if we would count all the individuals, and we take an average weight of them, it would amount to something like 200 to 2,000 kilograms for each of you and me on _____. That means that in terms of biomass, insects are more ________ than we are, and we're not on a planet of men, but we're on a planet of insects. Insects are not only there in nature, but they also are involved in our economy, usually without us _______.

Solution

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  2. million
  3. earth
  4. walks
  5. insects
  6. knowing
  7. abundant

Original Text

Why not eat insects? Well first, what are insects? Insects are animals that walk around on six legs. And here you see just a selection. There's six million species of insects on this planet, six million species. There's a few hundreds of mammals — six million species of insects. In fact, if we count all the individual organisms, we would come at much larger numbers. In fact, of all animals on Earth, of all animal species, 80 percent walks on six legs. But if we would count all the individuals, and we take an average weight of them, it would amount to something like 200 to 2,000 kilograms for each of you and me on Earth. That means that in terms of biomass, insects are more abundant than we are, and we're not on a planet of men, but we're on a planet of insects. Insects are not only there in nature, but they also are involved in our economy, usually without us knowing.

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