We should eat insects

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But they tried to kill stephen fry!

No. No, no, no, nope.

I hate insects. They suck and should all die. I'm dead serious.

DoPo:

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!

Ha, nice. Glad I'm not the only one who had Deb of Night on the brain.

Anyway, this is slightly off topic, but since we're talking about eating things we don't normally eat...Guinea Pigs. Guinea Pigs are a common meat in South America.

I was watching it on No Reservations and they were talking about how it could also free up a lot of space. Instead of hundreds of acres to farm cattle and stuff, they were talking about how you could probably run a guinea pig ranch out of an apartment of all things.

But yeah, as for insects, I've eaten by fair share (baked mealworms just kinda taste like puffed rice)

I wouldn't want them to compose any majority of my diet, but I wouldn't be opposed to sitting down to the occasional grasshopper casserole.

captcha: "easy as cake". It sure is

As a person who has tried ants and a tarantula, it really isn't a replacement for meat products. It's more of a treat than a full blown meal. Even then the ants were just coated in some kind of spice and that was the flavor, it was a bit crunchy too.
It's the whole taboo of the western world to eat insects because many are associated with filth, decay, and death. Also I think it would be a problem screening the health of the insects and whether or not they are viable for consumption. At least with the larger beasts that we consume we can treat them and monitor individual health.

My logical mind says "What's the problem, if you lived in a society that ate insects you wouldn't care" but the rest of my entire being reels at the thought of sticking a spider in my mouth and chomping on it.

"Everyone blocks out their first time consuming flesh from memory..." - paraphrase from the cannibal lady in Skyrim

That's what this sounds like....

I actually fully intend on eating plenty of insect street food when I go to Thailand next year.

I've never had a problem with it, and everytime I go to the giant Chinese wholesale markets I pick up a bag of fried grasshoppers or chocolate ants.

I'd fully back regular markets stocking them.

Ew ugh no, I don't like imagining that..

If they tasted as good as a steak or a chicken, I'd be fine with it, but they probably don't. But then I am fairly happy having the cows killed for my pleasure.

I am inclined to say yes. I think for my taste it would be better if they were ground into some sort of paste or bar or whatever.

But, they consume far less food and have much more protein than regular meats, and are almost completely lacking in fat.

And you even avoid the ethical issues associated with killing higher animals for food. I mean come on. You can argue that a cow has a personality and wants to live, but you'd have a tough time arguing that a cicada or grasshopper has the same take on the world.

I'd be for it. I generally eat anything presented to me, at least once. I've had snails before, not bad, very smoky flavor to them.

I've heard that spiders are actually very good, taste kinda like crab.

I know we should but. They're magnificently ugly. I mean nature almost made them anathema to human sight.

im down to eat anything really, just give me a plate of something edible and i will give it a try

and Escargot is delicious

It's healthy (apparently) and would certainly solve starvation. With that said, you're going to have to make the insect pretty unrecognizable to make me eat it.

Then again there are things that are far more disgusting. This was in a hamburger.

http://upstrm.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/pink-slime.jpg

SkarKrow:

But they tried to kill stephen fry!

Ah, I'm too late, I was gonna post that

katsumoto03:
No. No, no, no, nope.

I hate insects. They suck and should all die. I'm dead serious.

Then kill em then eat em. It's just wasteful otherwise.

I'm thinking there will be a lot(and I mean a lot) of inertia at first but I think people who are weary might get over their fear and be more open to eating them. Eventually. That or just go vegan and leave more for the people who actually do.

I propose catchy jingles with an anthropomorphic insect mascot("Iiiiiiiiiiiiit's Wally the Woodlouse!"), maybe some new fast food branches or adding insects to existing branches("New to Mc Donald's;Ant-chieldas"). I also propose gallons of alcohol to overcome this initial inertia.

Anyway, I've tried chocolate ants and Scorpion lollipops but those were just sweet. I don't know, Get some really good chef, make the presentation and taste good and I might be willing to wolf down a fried spider or Linguini A la grasshopper. At the very least it'll be an experience.

Well we eat Quorn as shit as it is. Sure. I'm game. Delicious deep fried tarantulas for all. So long as i can wrap it in bacon.

I don't see insects being a very practical source of nutrition. They're really small and squirmy, require a decent amount of space (crowd insects together and they'll fight each other), and in the end you don't get much actual food for your effort. I'd estimate your average insect provides as much sustenance as a pistachio, but requires significantly more effort to produce. So why bother with insects at all, instead of just eating more nutritious fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

And this is on top of the fact that eating bugs is goddamned gross.

OlasDAlmighty:
I don't see insects being a very practical source of nutrition. They're really small and squirmy, require a decent amount of space (crowd insects together and they'll fight each other), and in the end you don't get much actual food for your effort. I'd estimate your average insect provides as much sustenance as a pistachio, but requires significantly more effort to produce. So why bother with insects at all, instead of just eating more nutritious fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

And this is on top of the fact that eating bugs is goddamned gross.

Perhaps, but they're far more efficient than say beef which requires gigantic amounts of land and resources and contributes to the worsening environment in some areas.

I don't know how it compares to plants, but insects are a source of protein that vegetables don't have.

Frission:

OlasDAlmighty:
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Perhaps, but they're far more efficient than say beef which requires gigantic amounts of land and resources and contributes to the worsening environment in some areas.

Pretty much anything seems efficient when you compare it to producing beef. Especially when you corn feed the animals. However, that doesn't stop people from doing it. Apparently efficient use of resources isn't the most important factor in choosing foods to produce/consume.

Frission:
I don't know how it compares to plants, but insects are a source of protein that vegetables don't have.

Protein can be found in all kinds of things, including many vegetables. Asparagus, cauliflower Nuts, seeds, legumes, soy, oats, and even some forms of wheat all have it. We aren't in need of another source of non-meat protein.

Hmmm, the only insect I've ever eaten was a grasshopper coated in sugar, and it tastes like... well, sugar. A bit crunchy here and there (The legs I assume, or it could be the whole thing? Who knows.) but it wasn't puke inducing or anything of the sort. Just...

Samurai Silhouette:
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...yeah, it's hard to argue with this. Still, if you were to just roast it, or mash it... maybe make a lovely sauce of it. It could work, just don't tell your customers what they're eating.

Oh yeah, and I've had roasted scorpion too. It tastes like chicken. Everything you won't eat tastes like chicken.

Captcha: Nutrition. Ok, this accuracy is just plain creepy.

ZehMadScientist:
Hmmm, the only insect I've ever eaten was a grasshopper coated in sugar, and it tastes like... well, sugar. A bit crunchy here and there (The legs I assume, or it could be the whole thing? Who knows.) but it wasn't puke inducing or anything of the sort. Just...

Samurai Silhouette:
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...yeah, it's hard to argue with this. Still, if you were to just roast it, or mash it... maybe make a lovely sauce of it. It could work, just don't tell your customers what they're eating.

Oh yeah, and I've had roasted scorpion too. It tastes like chicken. Everything you won't eat tastes like chicken.

Captcha: Nutrition. Ok, this accuracy is just plain creepy.

You do realise you're meant to bite the head off that grub right? They always say that's what you do on shows where they eat that stuff...

JokerboyJordan:

ZehMadScientist:
Snipped because I don't want to see that gif anymore

You do realise you're meant to bite the head off that grub right? They always say that's what you do on shows where they eat that stuff...

Yeah, that's what I found out later as well. I'm not too familiar with the proper etiquettes for eating bugs... Besides, I ate it on a dare, and my friends went easy on me; there were a lot more disturbing little buggers crawling about on display. *Shudder*

Depends on the insect and how it tastes. If I like the taste/texture and it won't harm me I'll eat anything. I haven't had any well prepared insects before so I wouldn't know if they can taste good and I haven't had a proper opportunity to eat them. I imagine there are some insects out there that taste good, and I know from experience that there are some that taste horrible.

Absolutely not. Bugs are for birds and reptiles and other bugs. Give me a cow or a chicken any day.

Id be open to trying some insects if they were readily available in restaurants and grocery stores. I think a lot of them would be pretty good with the right seasoning or sauce, they would have a nice crispy texture I'd think. Again though, they're not readily available for my consumption and I'm not inclined to go out of my way to get them : \

If a restaurant had some variety of deep fried insect with dipping sauce, I'd give it a try, it sounds like an interesting appetizer.

I wouldn't eat them raw but I would try them if they are cooked but then again I don't mind eating stuff like liver that people seem to loathe due to social stigma. I've had snail so it isn't like I haven't had similar stuff before.

... Well I know some my friends don't have any problem eating insects apparently, but personally it's too unappealing to me. Other people are free too, I really don't want to. But I will probably eat whatever odd seafood people have to offer me >__>

I had scorpion once.. never again.

If you can serve me up something like a good chicken breast but from something not chickeny then go for it.

This thread brings this song to mind.

OT: I probably couldn't bring myself to eat bugs myself. At least not raw. If cooked however...

Hmm...

>_>

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.

Slimy, yet satisfying.

If you could make it taste and look like a steak, sure.

Well, for one thing, almost all the bugs i've tried haven't been super nice, but even then if you were just used to it it wouldn't be a problem. Even if it is a good idea, i'd be surprised if it ever caught on culturally.

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

No?

Then no dice.

What if they DID turn out tastier?

I think we should eat YOU.
Yeah, yeah. How about that?
You're delicious, nutritious and taste just like chicken!

(Plus the population control thingy too.)

Come here!

Om nom nom.

In Thailand they sell bug trail mix.

My mom's Thai, and I asked her about it. She said that she ate grasshopper and other insects. Some of it was good, some of it was bad. It just depends on how you prepare them. Me? I'd give it a try... if the heads were gone.

No thanks. I don't even like fish, I highly doubt I would like bugs. Besides, why eat bugs when you have much tastier foods such as chicken, pork, or beef! :P

Imperius:
I think we should eat YOU.
Yeah, yeah. How about that?
You're delicious, nutritious and taste just like chicken!

(Plus the population control thingy too.)

Come here!

Om nom nom.

Bath salts man, bath salts! D:

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