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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Entomophagy

I came across a quote that said, "Insects are the food of the future," and was stopped dead in my tracks.  Surely this couldn't be real.  I started Googling the subject and discovered it is indeed real. 



Deep fried insects sold at food stall for human consumption in Bangkok, Thailand

Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects as food.  Apparently insects are a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fats.  For example, crickets are high in calcium, and termites are rich in iron.  And the production of insects for consumption is more ecological because it is more effective and uses less resources, say, than the raising of beef for consumption.  Raising beef cattle requires the production of grain and hay;  no such requirement necessary to raise crickets and mealworms. 


According to Wikipedia, crickets have a food conversion efficiency almost 20 times higher than beef.  How can that be, you ask?  A female cricket can lay 1200 to 1500 eggs in two to three weeks,  while a cow in her lifetime can only be expected to produce 4 offspring.  Also,  the production of 150grams  of grasshopper meat requires only very little water, while raising cattle requires 3290 liters to produce the same amount of beef.  (The efficiency begins to make sense,  here.)


Mealworms presented in a bowl for human consumption

I even came across a website which had a large assortment of recipes for preparing insects for consumption.   Click here  to access that website.   Much of the information above comes from Wikipdia, and from the linked website.   I had hoped to give you more information, regarding edible species and tasty recipes, but I'm sorry, I have to go throw up now.                               

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23 comments:

DJan said...

Ewwww! Gross! What a weight loss scheme this would be, Eva. Very interesting, though I hope we don't end up making up meals like this...

Ratz said...

Yeah...i know about this... and it is true... insects are a good source of minerals.... but i guess i will stick to my vitamin supplements... No thankyou! :-D

Nicki said...

I guess I will have to live with the fact that I am not helping our ecosystem at all by consuming things that require more energy and materials (an livestock) than the bug-eaters. Barf!!! I am sorry...if I see a bug in my house, I am covering it with something that will probably eventually cause our sun to blow up. I am not running for the garlic and olive oil!

Kristina P. said...

No.

Jen said...

Yuck!!!! These people....I don't know...doesn't it make you wanna vomit!!I would not be a SURVIVER with that menu....

Ann On and On... said...

Now you've done it...you've gone mad! LOL

I'm a true vegetarian...no bugs for me thanks!

Brian Miller said...

the other benefit to grasshoppers and crickets is they come with their own tooth picks...

Steven Anthony said...

I would only eat insects if I were on that old show fear factor, they used to give money for eating them,


Steven Anthony
Man Dish~Metro Style

woman:confused said...

I went to the Insectarium in New Orleans a few months ago. I MAY have eaten the chocolate chip cricket cookies... IF the crickets hadn't been whole!!
Their defense about why it's OK to willingly eat insects is that they are in our processed food anyway.
*barf*

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: I don't know if I could even eat them under those circumstances! It would take a ton of money, I think.

Jen: I don't think I would do well with that menu, either!

Nicki: I'm with you. Saving the garlic and oil for the good stuff! No bugs for me, thank you!

Meeko Fabulous said...

I don't care how good for you or efficient they are . . . The only ones in my house eating bugs will be my bearded dragons.

natalee said...

EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats all im saying EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

lakeviewer said...

"ll leave insect eating to future generations. It makes good sense, but hard to swallow!

Wow, that was awkward said...

I used to think it would be fun to be on that show Amazing Race, but then whenver they showed insect eating bits, I realized I could never do it.

Canadian Blend said...

I can remember seeing a smashed cricket when I was younger... I'm not sure I could eat one. (Hmmm. Seeing a smashed deer at the side of the road does nothing to diminish my desire for deer meat.)

smArtee said...

Ill starve I guess...that will also be good for the planet...I just cant....

blueviolet said...

I have heard they're quite nutritious, but I also know there are plenty of other more palatable sources of nutrition in the world! ;)

Pat said...

So a female cricket can lay 1200 to 1500 eggs in her lifetime. Big whoop. I can easily eat, what, two-three hundred at a sitting? Now a cow, a cow can only produce four offspring in it's lifetime. Now THAT'S a LOTTA beef! Now we're talking. I'd eat a steak over a cricket hands down. Oh, sorry about that little fella (wiping dead cricket off my hands).

Kola Kokahalla said...

Lots of cultures already eat them fairly normally, yet still the mere idea of it makes me want to barf all over my feet. I think I'll stick to things that don't turn me green. :)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Dude. Really? My friend found some chocolate covered ants in Mexico somewhere but I believe every cell in my body spazzed out just hearing about it. And I watched this thing on the Food network one night about street fairs where you could buy toasted tarantulas on a stick and other similar delights. It's a wonder I didn't ralph on my shirt.

Tam said...

Right behind ya on the barfing thing...

Eva Gallant said...

Tam: Nice to know I won't be barfing alone!

Veg: a horrible thing to do to chocolate!

Kola: Me, too!

Meri said...

Ahhh --- the perfect weight loss plan for me! My lips are sealed. Permanently.