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Did you brave the Black Friday sales crowds today? Get what you wanted? Think it’s all a big waste of time (and money)? Read more

Still wondering what you’re going to do other than eat and nap tonight? Watch Punkin’ Chunkin’ on the Science Channel at 8pm!

"It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions" - Trace

Aren’t convinced by my testimonial? I’m not surprised. Watch a video or two (http://ow.ly/fucGV) about how they fling, throw and blast pumpkins as far as possible with these homemade rigs. How can you not get excited about that?

A Thanksgiving Day meal with intentional insect ingredients is hardly the norm for most Americans, but it could be our future due to the cost, nutritional and environmental benefits of edible bugs.
"I’ll grab another slice of the Pumpkin Pie With Crickets!" Um, yum?

Thanksgiving 2050: Feast or Famine?

Depending on how the world uses available crops, there are two possible futures.

Tim Wall breaks down how the future could be…

Sticking with the status quo until 2050 could mean approximately:

  • 1 billion hectares (2.5 billion acres) of land cleared for crops
  • 3 gigatonnes (3.3 billion tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year
  • 250 megatonnes (276 million tons) of nitrogen fertilizer used per year

Improving productivity could drop those numbers to approximately:

  • .2 billion hectares (.5 billion acres) of land cleared
  • 1 gigatonnes (1.1 billion tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year
  • 225 megatonnes (248 million tons) of nitrogen fertilizer used per year

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One American company is trying to get us to eat bugs.

Entom Foods aims to make Americans feel more comfortable eating bugs by removing elements that turn many people off — eyes, wings, legs, and crunchy exoskeletons. Eventually, the company hopes to produce processed bug-based foods, such as insect cutlets. Krisiloff hopes marketing the insects in a familiar form will remove the “ick” factor and encourage more people to add insects to their diets.

The company plans to market insects like crickets, mealworms, and grasshoppers, which are already farmed commercially for use as animal feed.

Thanksgiving’s Cultural Cousins

Autumn festivals, including American Thanksgiving, East Asian Mid-Autumn Festival and Jewish Sukkot, celebrate family and the Earth’s bounty in similar ways despite cultural differences.

Of those three, Thanksgiving is the newcomer.