sentient: able to feel and experience things, like emotions and pain
Insects: A Growing Food Source, but Can They Feel Pain?
Insect farming is growing quickly. Over a trillion insects are raised every year as a high-protein food. Companies all over the world are trying to meet this demand. Large insect farms are being built in France, the Netherlands, the US, and Denmark. People have eaten insects for many years, but now the industry is getting much bigger. This raises an important question: can insects feel pain, and if they can, how should we treat them?
Some scientists think insects might be sentient, which means they can feel and experience things. Research has shown that insects have special cells that respond to pain. They also behave in ways that show they might feel pain. For example, ants groom their injuries. They have also been seen helping their injured friends.
If insects are sentient, it’s important to think about how we treat these creatures.
1. Some people fear that artificial intelligence might become sentient.
2. The discovery of sentient life on other planets would be a major breakthrough.
3. Sentient beings should be treated with kindness and respect.
Insect Farming Is Booming. But Is It Cruel?