In these times when protein is getting harder and harder to get, especially in hunger starved countries, why hasn't the lowly insect become a more viable food source? There's a lot of the little buggers around, quad-zillion-trillion or something like that, all you have to do is gather them.
Could you imagine biting down on a juicy grasshopper sandwich, smothered in slug slime? How about a bole of beetle grub soup that squish when you bite down on them? Or bread, made from ground dried-out earth worms.
It's not just the adult insects that taste good, some eggs and lots of different larvae and pupae are also eaten but 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 tem '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, that 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.
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, a 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 do become a viable source of food, man will leave less of an Ecological footprint.
We already farm insects for fertilizers and to kill other insects and of course for things they produce like honey.
It brings to mind the science class project I once had in public school, to make an ant farm. I wonder if there's any money in it?
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