You Wouldn't Eat Bugs, Would You?

Aug 12, 2011 10:01 am

Bugs enjoy food spotlight thanks to sustainability

Cricket Salad
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See how serving cricket salad goes over at your next dinner party.

If you fancy yourself a sustainable eater, think again. It turns out the real sustainable pros are feasting on bugs. Those things that you’re killing in your apartment, these people are eating.

Sustainability has been on everyone’s mind, between the food price crisis and global warming. Bug-eating advocates have capitalized on this to promote the wonders of insect protein. It is also worth noting that many cultures around the world eat bugs regularly. Even Angelina Jolie’s kids are eating them.

Decide if you can commit to this slimy sustainable eating action after looking at these articles:

  • In this week’s New Yorker, Dana Goodyear writes about the transition of insect eating from gross (think Fear Factor) to haute-cuisine (think Top Chef) and whether bug-eating will really catch on.
  • Check out this handy infographic by Food Service Warehouse that explains why insects are eco-friendly in The Atlantic.
  • Learn 5 Ways to Cook a Cricket from The Huffington Post.
  • The Sacramento Bee offers up even more insect recipes.

While eating bugs may seem like the newest trend, it's already old hat in Brooklyn, where a five-course meal was held last year to promte insect cuisine. 

Would you or have you eaten bugs? Tell us in your comments.

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