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If you’re reading this from the civilized world, most of your insect encounters boil down to emotionally scarring spider cameos and annoying flies. But in roughly 80 percent of the countries on Earth, people eat insects. Cracked sat down with one man who has made it his life’s work to get Americans to eat more bugs: Kevin Bachhuber, cricket farmer.
David George Gordon, also known as The Bug Chef, has updated his awesome and indispensable Eat-A-Bug Cookbook. The Bug Chef is a proponent for expanding our diet to include insects as a way to reduce the environmental impact of food production. He says that raising insects instead of cattle would reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 20% and 60%.
Protein is protein, right?
As you can see in the lush pictures from the book, he doesn’t expect us to suffer. The recipes are truly delicious and include everything from deep-fried tarantula to three-bee salad.
“Insects generally contain more protein and are lower in fat than traditional meats and have about 20 times higher food conversion efficiency — making it a viable addition to our current menu,” they wrote.
Eating wild fruit means getting the occasional mouthful of frass. This is a larva of a Plum Moth.
I’m very pro-entomophagy (insect-eating) from a practical and intellectual point of view, but I have a ways to go in terms of unlearning the visceral revulsion that comes from seeing an insect in my fruit. It doesn’t help that my sister was once bit on the tongue by an earwig in an apricot (she got in the local newspaper!): that imagery stays with you.
Gardening without chemically-synthesised pest controls (where possible) means eating (or eating around) the creepy crawlies, as one does with wild fruit: other than a relatively ecologically-friendly pheromone trap, there’s no way around ‘sharing the harvest.’
Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on the planet. Compared to cows, pigs, and other livestock, raising insects as food has a very small impact on the environment. They use up less water, space, and we can harvest more protein per pound of insects than we can from the average cow.
But can we get past our cultural aversion to eating bugs? Much of the world already has, and even though you might not be aware of it, you’ve probably been eating bugs all along.
In this video, Craig goes to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago where Steve Sullivan and Allen Lawrance tell him about the benefits of switching to an insect diet and cook up some bug cuisine!
okay… but… small dragons. little pesky things that are barely domesticated and often just here for the food. opening your cabinet to find one has started to horde all your peanut butter. finding one in the shower but it’s really territorial and keeps hissing you so give up and end up spending like three hours in a towel just scrolling tumblr hoping it will go away. dragons in the night sky like fireflies, flocks flying south for the winter against pink setting suns, preditory dragons making lazy circles overhead in summer. checking under your car to make sure none made a home in your warm metal box. venomous dragons who are like spiders and eat bugs but you give a wide birth. happy friendly dragons who fall asleep on your laptop and are reasons number one through ten why you didn’t get your homework done. training your dragon to sleep on your shoulders, waking up with a portion of your hair burned off - waking up to the little lick lick lick against your nose of a very hungry baby. leashing your dragon with a little harness as he wiggles. little plastic castles you put in their enclosures. big fluffy dragon flopping onto your face from the ceiling while you’re asleep. many small warm heat-seeking cuddlebears all crawling onto your chest and leaving your toes cold. finding little dragon prints in the pie again for like the fourth time this week. dragons in the forest who are generally shy but like taking joyrides on deer - and will absolutely swarm you if they are frightened you might be hurting their home. tired dragons taking naps on subways. dragons in the trash again even though you swear you locked it for real this time. dragons that are more domesticated and are trained to do things like calm anxiety, watch for seizures, fetch pills when it’s time, alert others when their human needs help. dragon parks where you can socialize your dragon, sighing when your dragon inevitably makes a huge fool of himself (you swear he was smarter five seconds ago. like a lot smarter), dragons meeting other dragons with little puffs of flame or ice or whatever. “what happened to your hands?” “my dragon is teething”. little pockets in coats specially designed for them to ride in. dragons in little cute outfits. just. dragons, many, very small.
How do you feel about North Americans eating bugs instead of large animals?
I feel that we should stop seeing how to eat living creatures. Bugs are actually extremely important for our ecosystem:
“If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.” - Jonas Salk, Biologist.
We can thrive on a diet based on plants, grains, fruits and vegetables. We do not have to harm another creature for us to live healthy and survive.
Tastes Like Cricket: Designing A Delicious, Insect-Based Food System
The Ento Box is designed to make you think differently about eating bugs–our most sustainable source of protein–by wrapping them in a sushi-like package.
If you can eat raw fish, you can eat a caterpillar.
If eating is an art form, then insects-as-food remains an experimental genre–at least in the West. But bugs, which are high in protein and low in terms of environmental impact, are a far more sustainable food source than beef or pork. And thanks to four graduate students in London, an evolving concept called Ento, could pave the way for more sustainable food systems.
The American Museum of Natural History hosted the annual Explorers Club dinner on Saturday night, and the guest of honor was none other than Neil deGrasse Tyson. The delicacies at the event were made of insects, and ever the explorer, Tyson tried a few.
“‘I have come to surmise, in the culinary universe, that anytime someone feels compelled to wrap something in bacon, it probably doesn’t taste very good,’ he said.
Tyson, a modern-day science hero, says the logical appeal behind eating bugs, a growing trend in the West, is perfectly clear: ‘Insects have been long known as a great source of protein, so I don’t have a problem with that.’”
Pearl and rose EATING BUGS. AND pearl petting a dog with GREEN HANDS….also pearl doesnt have a shirt because i wanted to draw her with that thing that dolls have so they can move their torso?? what is that called????? anyways yeah. All of my ideas are great.
The lady in charge of ordering food at the school said she found a website that sells insects for human consumption (the only way the school will let me serve it to people.) She is calling them either today or tomorrow to order me some giant grasshoppers or crickets! Yayyyyyy! So excited!
And also I figured I should get some practice cooking them before I serve them to people so I picked up some live crickets at the pet store today! The guy eventually got it out of me what my plans were for the little suckers so he gave me double the amount for free! And he told me to have fun, hahaha.
Anyone up for an insect cooking show?! Cause I am probably going to film it.