CSIRO report on edible insects demonstrates the ‘wacky priorities’ in Canberra
Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says a lengthy report being developed by the CSIRO on edible insects demonstrates the “wacky priorities” which are sometimes on display in Canberra. “Australians spend about $10 million on edible insects at the moment, but that’s nothing compared to the $10 billion beef industry we have,” he said. “But apparently it’s worth the focus of our premier industrial science organisation to be looking into how we should all be eating more crickets, cicadas and other insects to save the planet, in their words to reduce global greenhouse gasses. “It just shows the wacky priorities that we have sometimes down there in Canberra, they have got to be reined in. “This is out of control and your taxes should be going to stuff which actually matters and can make a difference in this country, not these side projects, the pet projects of certain people”. Mr Canavan said he asked the CSIRO officials if they had eaten any bugs for dinner over the past week but “not a single person had done so”. “Why is it that it is those people that do nothing themselves to actually contribute to that cause,” he said. “They want everybody else to do it, everybody else can eat bugs, but the CSIRO will keep eating cake”.