eating bugs

Okay so, hamfootsia get in here because you’re the one who’s gonna appreciate this the most, I was just reading up on the dementor wasp which I just found out about and how it uses a venom to possess cockroaches so it can lead them back to its nest and eat them, and there was a note at the end of the article saying that the emerald cockroach wasp is an animal with similar behaviours. 

[warning for graphic bug grossness]

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  • what she says:im fine
  • what she means:theres someone out there who's probably eaten a few bugs before in their life. im looking at you. im looking at you and i dont trust you if you eat bugs. i mean they didnt even do anything to you, so why are you just takin a big ole.. big ole bite? why would you ever do that? i think that you need to go to jail 'cuz you ate a bug.

SO I re-watched The Babadook tonight and here is what I learned. Or what I decided.

Mr.Babadook collects bugs as well. He does not eat these bugs, he just likes them. They are his friends.

He ONLY likes to watch silents films and black and white cartoons. Usually very late at night when everybody else is asleep because well, he can’t. 

Along with prank calls, he enjoys a good round of ding dong ditch.

Loves catching rides in cars with people, even if he doesn’t know them.

He HATES it when you shut doors in his face. That makes him very angry, VERY ANGRY INDEED.

He is pretty fond of having ice cream for breakfast.

He has a tendency to swear at children when he gets angry.

Sometimes he likes to rearrange the furniture while you’re trying to sleep. But he always moves it back before you wake up.

OH OH MY FAVORITE thing I learned is that Mr.Babadook constantly has to suck on throat lozenges to help fight his CRAZY bad gravely voice. If he doesn’t he sounds like a chain-smoking goat.

He is a giant ass.

AND he gets very upset when you yell at him.

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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.  

You can read an interview with him, and get a few yummy bug recipes, in National Geographic

[Photos by Chugrad McAndres]

xacracyx asked:

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. 

Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

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.’”

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Eating Bugs

I had a lot of fun drawing “The Greener Meat” written by Adrian Quinn, who was a delight to work with. Created for an upcoming issue of Symbolia Magazine, the entire comic is currently available on the Nib.

It’s a fun and informative journalistic comic about the present and possible future of eating insects (with intention, that is). I had a lot of fun drawing many things I hadn’t attempted before and was inspired to have the cricket sushi at Sushi Mazi and try a scorpion pop from Hot Lix. (Well, finish Taran’s scorpion pop. Crunchy!)

I also got to imagine what some gourmet plated insect dishes might look like:

SO EXCITED

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. 

Why You Should be Eating Bugs and Other Gross Things

By Jason Drevenak

When we go to a grocery store and think about shelling out big bucks for a lobster or crab, or grabbing some plastic-wrapped chicken cutlets for that matter, we are stepping on and driving around a lot of food. Whether it’s roadkill, weeds or insects, our western culture has taught us to eat all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.  I’ll give you three reasons you should be eating grosser food, but let’s also think about the reasons we shouldn’t eat the shiny, hermetically sealed, marketed and processed stuff that’s at the supermarket.  [Keep reading…]