Deep-fried tarantula. Photo by Chugrad McAndrews from “The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook” published by Ten Speed Press.

80 percent of the world’s cultures eat bugs and as a result their environmental impact is significantly reduced, according to a United Nations report.

David George Gordon, aka the Bug Chef, predicts that bugs will become a larger part of the global diet as food resources diminish and eating protein like steak will become a luxury.

It is probably worth noting that Gordon is primarily an author and not a restaurateur.

At this point, he is selling ideas, not food. But his points about food production are worth considering, even if his solution induces a gag reflex.

Gordon spoke with Seattle public radio station KPLU about how a bug diet can save humanity.

It takes a lot of food to get a cow to your plate. You need 25 pounds of feed to produce one pound of beef, notes KPLU.

Cow farts and poo are responsible for roughly half of the U.S. agricultural greenhouse gasses, according to the EPA.

Brush up on your bug recipes including the above pictured deep-fried tarantula spider here.

Today’s Question: Do you have a beef with eating cows?

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Four of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor. MPR News / Tom Scheck
The four Republicans running for governor in next month’s primary aren’t saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues.

Even as Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson, Marty Seifert and Kurt Zellers tout their conservative credentials on the campaign trail, they’re largely steering clear of topics like abortion and same-sex marriage. Voters, they argue, are more interested in taxes, spending and other economic issues.

All four GOP candidates oppose abortion. They gave identical answers to the survey questions posed by the group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life for its primary voters’ guide, including a pledge to support legislation to limit and/or prohibit taxpayer funded abortions. [More from MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire]

Today’s Question: Should GOP candidates be focusing more on their social issue positions?

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Winona public swimming pool. Andrew Link/Winona Daily News via AP

A debate about the role of government in providing summertime recreation. Are outdoor public swimming pools valuable for a community? Is it important to learn to swim, and should the government pay for recreation facilities for all to use? Minnesotans debate these issues.

From the “Sartell Says” debate series, the motion is: “Outdoor public pools are a valuable and necessary function of a city.” Moderated by Patty Candella.

Listen to the full debate here.

Today’s Question: Are public pools a valuable and necessary function of a city?

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“At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county,” reports the Associated Press. A Voting Rights Act complaint Read more

“A Minneapolis City Council panel on Tuesday approved changes to regulations governing ride-share services like UberX and Lyft,” writes MPR News reporter Peter Cox. New language would add city oversight to the fast-growing but largely unregulated ride-sharing industry. The panel also voted to ease city rules on taxis. The proposed changes will go to the Read more

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn’t affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves. In Read more

As Mark Steil’s story today pointed out, nitrates in Minnesota’s groundwater is of increasing concern. The causes can be complex but for years, farm fertilizer has been considered a prime component in the contamination, resulting as excess nutrients leach down into shallow aquifers. At any rate, residents and municipalities are spending big money to deal Read more