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Bugs Are Safe for Humans to Eat, Says EU

Discussion in 'The Living World' started by Cooky, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Father Heathen

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    The opposition is purely cultural. if it's safe, sustainable, nutritious, and delicious then why not?
     
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    I wonder what beetle larvae tastes like. Perhaps you wouldn't mind trying and letting us know?
     
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    It's not at all gross. I've been practicing entomophagy ever since a local entrepreneur started up a business for it. On top of being an excellent source of protein, the sustainability for insects as food knocks most other sources of protein out of the park. If you ate a cookie with cricket flour, you wouldn't even notice unless someone told you.
     
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    hmmm... Wouldn't even notice, you say. In that case, I guess it might not be that bad.
     
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    ew!
     
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    It really isn't. Just like any food, it's about how it is prepared and the nature of it depends on those techniques. Eating corn on the cob isn't the same as eating corn ground into powder and made into a chip, and that's not the same as eating creamed corn. Insects work the same way - some folks might like some prep methods but not others. I haven't really gotten into the powder as I think roasted crickets with good seasonings are excellent on their own. The main market barriers to entomophagy right now are first and foremost cultural bias against it and secondarily the lack of large scale markets and production... so if you get the stuff it is kind of on the pricey side.
     
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    Seriously though. Have you ever slaughtered an animal? Eating bugs is a lot less gross. The preparation hides all the details. I'd eat mealworms if prepared to my liking.
     
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    "Gross" is in the eye of the beholder. It's learned.
    We're grossed out by some of the everyday foods of other cultures. They'd be grossed out by some of the foods we eat.
     
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    Flour is flour.
    But is bug flour kosher?
     
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    Do I look like a Rabbi to you? :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Father Heathen

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    I would give it a fair, honest attempt.
     
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    Ill pass
     
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    I don't know why, but I dont like spiders. Snakes are cool. Reptiles I find interesting. Mice and other critters of other shapes and sizes like that are cute.
    But I hate spiders. Whatever the word is for prejudiced against spiders, I am that.
     
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    When I was an adolescent someone had some chocolate covered ants. None of us would eat it on a dare.

    But going down the food chain is valuable to increase the food supply.

    And as noted, people who grow up eating something have no issues with it outside of course for those who become vegan or vegetarian.
     
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    Arachnophobia.
     
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    Nah. That's scared of them. I hate them. Their proper place is in the bellies of frogs and toads.
     
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    I guess you could go to a restaurant and order fly soup, and then ask the waiter "What's this ant doing in my fly soup?"

    I recall hearing that "cockroach cluster" is a rather nice treat.

    Imagine going over to someone's place for dinner, and they serve you this:

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    Would you eat it, politely excuse yourself and leave, or run out screaming for your life?
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    "I'm sorry, I must have forgot to tell you I'm a vegetarian."
     
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    ...and people wonder why UK left the EU...
     
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