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The Benefits of Insect Eating

Do You See Insect Eating in Your Future?

With food needs on the rise, insects are looking more and more like the food fodder of the future. In today's Wall Street Journal, Dutch entomologists Marcel Dicke and Arnold Van Huis make the case for critter consumption: bugs like beetles and grasshoppers are abundant, nutritious, easier to raise than livestock (requiring less water and food), and produce less waste and greenhouse gases. Bug eating's big in developing countries and growing in nations like the Netherlands. And then there's this: the average person already consumes a pound of insects a year, without even knowing it!

I once braved a bug tasting, and it wasn't so bad. Do you see a chapulines taco in your future?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
I don't eat meat, but I have actually found bugs in my lettuce before. Quite disturbing...
danaruth danaruth 5 years
Bugs are my one fear and I do everything possible to keep them out of my house. Why bring them in ... and EAT them? I'd rather go vegan than look to bugs for my protein. And the photo accompanying the article? Looks like someone smashed a giant bug on top of your polenta! UGH! ;P
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 5 years
I've had bugs before, but I just cant see myself at the bug counter at Whole Foods saying, "I'd like a quarter pound of spiders please."
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Ack! Grasshoppers! When I was in the third grade, one of the teachers (not mine) brought in chocolate-covered grasshoppers for her class--without telling the kids what they were until after the fact. *shudder* Maybe that's where my fear is rooted! ;)
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
I'm kind of intrigued by grasshopper tacos. They serve them at La Oaxaqueña in SF. I might have to report back on this one.
lauren lauren 5 years
Really fuzzles, I think I would have to at least try them with or without the bacon, just to say that I did eat a bug!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Not even if they were bacon-wrapped!
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