We should eat insects

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So after inspiring myself by engaging myself in the recently popular veganism thread, I thought I'd actually make my own thread regarding the eating of insects. I suggest you meet the thread with an open mind.

The act of eating insects is called entomophagy, and is only distinguished from other food in the developed world, because it's completely normal. If you haven't already read the wikipedia article on it, I'm happy to inform you that people in 80% of the worlds nations eat insects on a regular basis.

Eating insects makes sense. Practically every animal on the planet does it, either voluntarily or by "accident", and you do too. Insects are constantly in our food. It's in our juice, chocolate, vegetables and every article of processed food out there. It's impossible to avoid, and that's okay! Insects are an excellent source of protein. They are low in cholesterol and bad fats, and the risk for diseases is much lower than that of "traditional meats". Plus, it's very much more environment friendly than other meats. The feed to meat ratio of insects versus cattle is 10:9 and 10:1 respectively.

I'll leave this video here for now because I have some things that need to be done! You can also read any articles you find on the subject and leave it here. I'm genuinely interested to see what your general opinion on the matter is!

It's a little buggy at first, but it gets better. Also, turn down the volume for the intro! You have been warned.

Om nom.

I'm technically all for it, but I think for my delicate and refined palate they'd have to be processed into some sort of bar or paste form.

royohz:
It's a little buggy at first

I'm not sure if that was on purpose but I felt it deserved a Rimshot.

Anyway, I don't really see myself having a problem with this (as long as the little buggers aren't moving). There's so many weird things in our processed food anyway that I can't imagine that this would be that much more disgusting. Hell, by now, you've probably eaten some bug stuff today and didn't realize it.

In some cultures people do eat bugs haven't you guys ever heard of chocolate ants and stuff?

aba1:
In some cultures people do eat bugs haven't you guys ever heard of chocolate ants and stuff?

Umm, yeah. Most of the cultures on earth eats bugs. =)

tippy2k2:

royohz:
It's a little buggy at first

I'm not sure if that was on purpose but I felt it deserved a Rimshot.

Whoa, I didn't notice that until now that you pointed it out. Ha ha.

I'd go for it. I mean, some of my favorite foods are already arthropods (mainly various types of crab and shrimp). What's so different about eating land based arthropods? Especially some of the bigger spiders, the meat of which I hear really is just like crab meat.

Insects are less interesting as a food source to me than arachnids, but only because most species are smaller and therefore less meaty. I mean, grasshoppers are a popcorn substitute, not a decent alternative to a steak or a piece of chicken.

aba1:
In some cultures people do eat bugs haven't you guys ever heard of chocolate ants and stuff?

Well, those countries probably need JESUS!

Ahem, excuse me. This made me hungry. I'll go eat a roast spider. Well, due to lack of this delicacy, I'll have to resort to good ol' meat. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Yeah no, sorry.

When I swallow an insect involuntary it's because it's involuntary. And when it happened I never thought to myself, "thank you, may I have another", I was too busy gaging. I'm sure there are certain kinds of grasshoppers and snails that taste fine and dandy, but there would be no practical reason for me to eat them other than for the odd novelty.

I'll stick with chicken, beef, and ham.

Casual Shinji:
Yeah no, sorry.

When I swallow an insect involuntary it's because it's involuntary. And when it happened I never thought to myself, "thank you, may I have another", I was too busy gaging. I'm sure there are certain kinds of grasshoppers and snails that taste fine and dandy, but there would be no practical reason for me to eat them other than for the odd novelty.

I'll stick with chicken, beef, and ham.

Mmm, snails. You've just reminded me of another of my favorite types of seafood: conch fritters. Seriously, what is it about sea borne bugs that makes them okay to eat in the mind of the average person, but not land based ones?

Owyn_Merrilin:

Casual Shinji:
Yeah no, sorry.

When I swallow an insect involuntary it's because it's involuntary. And when it happened I never thought to myself, "thank you, may I have another", I was too busy gaging. I'm sure there are certain kinds of grasshoppers and snails that taste fine and dandy, but there would be no practical reason for me to eat them other than for the odd novelty.

I'll stick with chicken, beef, and ham.

Mmm, snails. You've just reminded me of another of my favorite types of seafood: conch fritters. Seriously, what is it about sea borne bugs that makes them okay to eat in the mind of the average person, but not land based ones?

I'm not an expert on the subject, but I do think there's a significant difference between arthropods on dry land and those in the sea. One of them being that one has the capabilty to grow way larger than the other, due to their environment. Also land arthropods have the image of being poisonous, hairy, and... scary.

I myself would be totally okay eating lobster or shrimp, but would most likely throw up if I had to eat a spider or a scorpion. Probably because I've stomped on numerous of the latter two, and the end result never seemed like something I'd want to cook and eat.

Well I remember trying a fried maggot once in this zoo althought I did it more as a dare.
Not sure what to think of trying other more insects as they are tiny to eat (well I've seen that insect burger in this documentry). I mean if more people try it and like it that could create a sudden decrease of insects but yet again I could be wrong (depend how fast they can reproduce vs people in demand wanting to buying them to eat it).

Owyn_Merrilin:
Mmm, snails. You've just reminded me of another of my favorite types of seafood: conch fritters. Seriously, what is it about sea borne bugs that makes them okay to eat in the mind of the average person, but not land based ones?

Think about how large a shrimp needs to be before you'd actually be able to taste it. If spiders get that big, I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT! Seriously, you could not pay me to put a spider in my mouth.

Insects ARE higher in protein and lower in fat than an equal amount of any other meat.

That said, I won't eat them for the same reason I won't eat mushrooms, because <GAG GAG GAG GAG>. I've had a piece of roasted tarantula before... never again.

If someone managed to hide them in a food where I didn't notice them, then yeah, I'd eat them.

Is a bag of roasted wood lice tastier than a bag of pistachio nuts?

No?

Then no dice.

I've never tried insects myself but I am definitely interested in it. I figure, why not?

Scarim Coral:
Well I remember trying a fried maggot once in this zoo althought I did it more as a dare.
Not sure what to think of trying other more insects as they are tiny to eat (well I've seen that insect burger in this documentry). I mean if more people try it and like it that could create a sudden decrease of insects but yet again I could be wrong (depend how fast they can reproduce vs people in demand wanting to buying them to eat it).

Hah. A sudden decrease of insects...
That's the sort of thing that just ain't gonna happen.

No, no no.
I don't even eat onions because I don't like the way they crunch. Imagine eating a bug.
Bleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeugh.

I'd eat insects mashed into an unrecognizable paste and mixed with something else. If you mean just eating fried grasshoppers, nope I'm gonna have to pass.

I would start, to be honest I quite like grasshoppers. Used to have a place that served them in tacos it was fantastic. Termites are good to they taste almost like bacon when fried. drubs can be okay if cooked rather well done, never had a good worm however.

Then again I simply have no qualms with food being odd.Going beyond insects Horse taste like shit and is tough as fuck, dog also taste hideous I would much rather have rat than horse or dog both of which are also useful so mass posses is just a waste to me.

If i could not eat an insect without puking i totally would.

As it stands, i'm fussy enough with foods in general, let alone eating insects. As much as i recognize that the entire world adopting insect eating would probably be a positive thing :\

How about no

I will never eat an entire animal, much less one with a nasty exoskeleton

You can not filet a moth can you

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FK NO. This thread made me sick cause I went a little further and did some googling and found that. Sorry. I think I rather drink piss.

Actually, this sounds good to me. Sure, let's do this! Give me some good, tasty, nutritious ones and I'll go for it.

If we're going to switch to disgusting food because it's healthy or more efficient, we should become vegans, because it's more efficient to farm plants than insects.

Nah, sorry. I have a fear of bugs at the best of times. Putting something that I fear in my mouth? I would much rather not, honestly. :/

Samurai Silhouette:
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FK NO. This thread made me sick cause I went a little further and did some googling and found that. Sorry. I think I rather drink piss.

And if you found a video of a guy eating a chicken alive you would say the same about it.

*shrug* I do know that fried maggots make for a tasty snack. I'm also quite curious about locusts. Bring 'em on I say.

TehCookie:
I'd eat insects mashed into an unrecognizable paste and mixed with something else.

That's being done as well. Apparently they make burgers out of it, among other stuff.

Out of principle I'd say that I would give changing my diet to suit insects a shot if the need was necessary, but I don't have any motivaton to go out and do it on my own. Dead and cooked, I still would not willingly touch a spider.

I am reminded of that Idiot Abroad episode that had Karl go to China; "where is the line between food and insect?"

Vicarious Reality:
I will never eat an entire animal

I've never agreed with this concept, I understand that certain cultures don't eat certain foodstuffs, but completely discarding a huge portion of a slaughtered animal which you use other parts of is really wasteful. Besides I love me some haggis and black pudding.
I'm saying this as a comment on society, not to criticise you personally, just to be clear.

Edit; I may have assumed you were only talking about offal which might have been unfair; I agree that I'd never pop an entire mouse in my mouth.

DANEgerous:
And if you found a video of a guy eating a chicken alive you would say the same about it.

Yeah I agree.

However, like my chicken which I eat primarily in the form of dismembered limbs crisped in some sort of breading or smothered in marinade, I'd have to have my bugs processed in some sort of form hardly attributable to their original state.

Granted, they'd probably be that way if insects were widely served on their own in the developed world.

I would sooner eat Rocky Mountain oysters, Balut eggs, Shirako or Bird's nest soup before I would willingly and knowingly dare to bring an insect to my mouth.

If it tastes good, sure why not. Though as poeple already said I would only eat them processed than compeletely. Though I wouldn't mind eating a grasshopper, they look quite cruchy.

I'm certainly not against the idea but I'm weirded out enough about the long dangly legs when I have to shell prawns. Maybe if they were all blended up, that'd be fine, but if I find one fly leg in my pie I am not going to be happy...

I have no idea why some people are so freaked out by insecty bodies when other cultures seem to be cool with it, I guess it's something that could be overcome if all the vertebrate livestock suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, though.

I heard good things about grasshoppers, good to see there are more takers.

We need more people weighing in one whether or not they taste good. I was watching a documentary called "Human Planet", and there were these South American kids who go into the rainforest hunting for one of the largest spiders on the planet. They skewer it, roast it, and the cameraman for the show tried a piece. He said it tasted like crab.

If insects are good for you and don't taste horrible (and I don't see why they should just because we think they look gross, red meat has way more potential for harm than insect guts) then I'm all for it.

I feel kind of bad when I look at animals on a farm and realize their sole reason for survival is because they're another resource. But when I look at a scorpion, all I think is "fuck that scorpion".

I just can't eat anything that I can tell what part of the animal it came from.

I...just can't.

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