October 15th, 2019 | In a continuation of the unusual events of yesterday in CSTD, “bug farms” remain a hotly debated point of discussion among the delegates present. This topic has persisted over two entire sessions with no signs of growing stale. However “bug farming” wasn’t the only type of farming up for debate. Canada and Saudi Arabia have drafted a plan to implement “fish farms” across the world.
However, unlike yesterday’s session, the bug farms of today are intended to raise insects for human consumption. This was proposed by the United States as yet another environmentally friendly alternative to traditional methods of raising animals for consumption.
The topic was met with less resistance than it had seen yesterday, though that is not to say it enjoyed full approval. Many questioned if it was realistic to expect western countries to adopt insects into their diets. The Dominican Republic responded with a plan to start a hashtag “#eatthebugs” to spread awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of consuming insects.
Canada and Saudi Arabia have drafted the concept of new, innovative fish farms. This plan was initially received with something of a humorous tone, however it was a fairly uncontroversial plan. Eventually, the fish farms gained widespread support among the other delegates present.
New methods of farming dominated the conversation for the remainder of the session, with the “bug farms” stirring up much controversy among the delegates. The United Kingdom went so far as to say “The ‘bug farms’ are just, to be frank, silly and a waste of time.” This is not surprising, as the United Kingdom expressed frustration regarding the “bug farms” in yesterday’s session as well.
It has rarely been seen that a topic of this nature has been devoted so much time as was seen in CTSD. However many, namely the United States, are insistent upon vouching for the innovative nature of these farms.