Lately I have found myself reading articles all about eating bugs. I know that, as someone who enjoys all-things-food, I should have at least tried them by now, but the closest I have gotten is my mother telling me, “I ate them when I was a little girl. Another boy, a classmate of mine, brought chocolate-covered grasshoppers to school one day.” “Did you eat one?” I replied. “Well, of course. It just tasted like crunchy chocolate. It wasn’t bad!”
…Or at least I thought that my mother’s childhood experience was the closest I had gotten. As it turns out, we all eat bugs.
And according to Scientific American, it looks like we eat a lot of them, all the time.
Drinking beer, eating spinach and broccoli, even when we bake our own bread…
If you still don’t believe me, just take a look at the FDA’s list of “defects” found in certain products. Yes, you’ll find mold on the list, but do you see all of the insects?
Right now, you watch shows like Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, and the whole concept of eating things unfamiliar makes our skin crawl. But being open to new foods, even insects, is something we should all think about…and soon.
Earlier this year, the UN came out with a report that states that we need to be eating more insects, or engaging in “entomophagy“, by the year 2050. By then, the world’s population will be nine billion people, and in order to accommodate for such a population, we are encouraged to open our minds and mouths to insects. I mean, it will reduce world hunger!
Daniella Martin, aka Girl-Meets-Bug, tells us how very common-sense and eco-friendly it is to eat insects:
And the Economist also agrees, especially from an ‘eco’ standpoint, how eating insects is good for us AND for the environment.
So what are we waiting for???
Dig in, folks! No really…As Americans, we are actually a bit behind the times with our closed-mindedness when it comes to eating insects. 80% of the world’s nations already eat bugs, and there is no logical reason why we shouldn’t give them a try.
Here is Girl-Meets-Bug, showing us how to make Wax Worm Tacos:
Something must be catching on…there are so many sites with bug recipes, and I’m not going to lie, I think some of them sound quite tasty. Here are just a few:
Bugs will outlast us all. There is no doubt about that. Why don’t us humans stick around a while longer and do so by eating the little buggers???
I think I might try to make the Dry Roasted Grasshoppers at our next BBQ. I bet more people would be open to try them than not. All it takes is one person to give it a shot, and I’m definitely willing to try!