Crickets, grasshoppers, worms pushed as protein food of future

The movement to persuade Americans to reduce beef in their diet by eating bugs — “micro livestock” — is gaining momentum ahead of a global meat forum, as seen recently in a Denver Public Schools classroom.

Nearly all the 10-year-olds at a presentation by insects-as-food advocate Wendy Lu McGill nibbled her M&M-adorned cookies made of pulverized crickets.

Then the Denver Language School students ate whole roasted crickets. None, however, would try worms.

And one student, Laynie Whittington, refused any of this alimentary experimentation.

“I do not want to be eating bugs,” she said. “I’m half vegan, so I’m saying meat is sort of OK. But bugs? Not.”

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Colorado land impact of oil and gas boom: scars spread and stay

Oil and gas companies have yet to fully restore land around half of the 47,505 inactive wells in Colorado, and 72 percent of those un-restored sites have been in the process for more than five years, The Denver Post has found.

The state requires oil and gas companies to restore all sites completely — to reduce erosion, loosen compacted soil, prevent dust storms and control invasions of noxious weeds.

But Colorado does not set a timetable for getting the job done. Nor do state regulators track how long companies take to complete required work.

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