In these times when protein is getting harder and harder to get, especially in hunger starved countries, why hasn't insect food become a more viable food source? There's a lot of it around, you only have to gather them.
Could you imagine biting down on a juicy grasshopper sandwich, smothered in slug slime? How about a bowl of beetle grub soup that squish when you bite down on them? Or bread, made from ground, dried out earth worm flour.
It's not just the adults that taste good, some eggs and lots of different larvae and pupae are also eaten and are usually served as a side dish, not the main course of a meal.
Man has been eating insects since the very beginning. Cave paintings from 30,000 years ago suggest entomophagy existed in those days. The term 'Entomophagy' is only used in context with humans eating insects and spiders and scorpions and centipedes (Anachnids) and worms, in any stage of development. When other animals eat insects they are called by another name, 'Insectivores.'
Humans and animals are not the only ones to eat insects, plants also digest them. The Venus Fly Trap comes to mind.
It's estimated, there are about 2000 different species of insects that people around the world can eat. The utilization for using insects to supplement protein in the diet has almost disappeared in the developed countries and getting less and less used as a source in the under developed countries.
There are two restaurants listed in Vancouver, British Columbia that use cricket based flour for their dishes on the menu. One is Vij's Restaurant. I've never eaten there and probably never will. They sell parathas that is made from ground crickets. Another for pizza lovers is the Rangoli Restaurant which offers a pizza topping of whole roasted crickets on naan dough. Yuck! There's even a protein bar being promoted by a company made from cricket flour called Exo. Is that short for exo-skeleton? I'm going to be sick!
All you have to do is watch reality television, Fear Factor for one, to see someone actually eating an insect. Usually, in each episode, someone is forced to eat some big, ugly, squiggly, creepy crawler, live! I'm always amazed what people will do for money.
There has been a whole new industry, using mini livestock (farmed insects), and considered by many scientists to be more environmentally friendlier than the traditional way of animal husbandry like raising cows, goats, horses, pigs, chickens, turkeys and sheep, almost everything we do now. Eventually, if insects become a viable source of food, man will leave less of an Ecological footprint.
We already farm insects, for fertilizers, to kill other insects, and of course, honey.
It brings to mind the science class project I once had in public school, to make an ant farm.
Huh! I wonder if there is any money in it?