|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.