Insects as food


Will you consider insects as a sustainable protein source for humans?
And if so, will you consume it?

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Dror Tamir
36 months ago

7 answers


Culturally insect consumption has pros and cons in different parts of the world. In the US it has a long way to go. As a source of sustainable protein insects can be a good one with low cost and a good environmental footprint.

Robert Fisher, Ph.D.
36 months ago
Right Robert Fisher, Ph.D.. I think there are two opportunities in the USA market: 1. Serve the Mexican population Chapulines (a Mexican grasshopper considered a delicacy) 2. Develop a product for athletes. What's your take? - Dror 36 months ago
Mexican population as a delicacy makes sense for a value added product - yet still niche. For athletes I don't see it as other "conventional" sources of quality protein are known and readily available. - Robert 36 months ago
YUMMY - Dr. David E. 22 months ago

It sounds disgusting but if people remain up in arms over GMO, we may have to do it to sustain our booming global population.

Sara Jewell
36 months ago
Do you have an idea how to overcome this perception Sara Jewell? - Dror 36 months ago
Tasty - Dr. David E. 22 months ago

I have eaten insects before and quite frankly they aren't that bad.  I think that they could be a sustainable protein source for humans and like everything else it just takes some getting used to!

Onna Burleson
36 months ago
Agreed Onna! - Dror 36 months ago
Onna Burleson how would you convince others to try? - Dror 36 months ago
Agree - Dr. David E. 22 months ago

Insects have been, and continue to be eaten as a sustainable source of protein all over the world, just not in our mammal driven society.
Not that I am ready to indulge in a dinner of Cricket Stew or Cicada Casserole, but they do provide a pure source of almost fat free protein that has been sustaining populations around the world for hundreds and hundreds of years.
I'm sure, in not too long a time, it will come down to us eating insects as well. Everything just takes a little getting used to - think of the first person to eat a lobster or a squirrel.

Diane Bukatman
36 months ago
Diane Bukatman You are right. Do you think it will make it easier for consumers to eat insect if they are being used as an ingredient in food and beverage products? - Dror 36 months ago
YES - Dr. David E. 22 months ago

Dror, sadly I do. Because as a Chef and Holistic Nutritionist, I've discovered that the lion's share of Americans have absolutely no clue what ingredients are actually in their food, because (and this stunned me!!) the majority of them have never even read a food label!

They buy what is put on the shelf in front of them, blindly assuming it is "healthful", "nutritive" or even "safe". If the label on the front of the box read "99% Protein!" or "Protein Packed!" or something of that sort, most consumers would buy it, not knowing, asking or caring WHAT is the source of the protein.

Diane Bukatman
36 months ago
Thank you Diane Bukatman. I agree as marketing is one of our biggest challenges in improving our diet. - Dror 36 months ago
Agree - so what else is new? - Dr. David E. 22 months ago

Will you consider insects as a sustainable protein source for humans?
In some countries within Asia such as Indonesia and China, yes insects is considered as sustainable protein source, but they do not really realize on the "sustainable" part, at the moment they only know that it is an alternative protein source. Insects are much cheaper than meats, thus this also one of the current "attraction" in such anomaly Asian economic situation. In addition, this mostly consumed by middle-lower consumers instead of the higher end one. The most interesting fact is people tend to love it or hate it, like there is no grey area. The people who like it say that it tasted good, crunchy, and is rich in protein. The people who dont like it simply hate and/or scare with the insects.

And if so, will you consume it?
Myself personally no, as I don't see insects as an interesting animals to be ate.

Joan Dharmadi
36 months ago
Thank you Joan Dharmadi! and by the way, in many countries inscets are considered a delicacy and priced much higher than beef or fish! - Dror 36 months ago
Yess, thanks to you too Dror Tamir! Indeed in other countries it may priced higher, but in Asian is less pricey because it is much easier to get insects in Asia and actually the type and number of insects in Asia are quite significant. In some Indonesia, China, and Thailand, I witnessed people eat insects more as a snack in the past, and nowadays moving as rice companion too. - Joan 36 months ago
And in Japan you can find grasshoppers (called Inago) and priced at $50 per 1kg - Dror 36 months ago
Great with seaweed, too - Dr. David E. 22 months ago


The bigger and fatter - the better, YUMMY!

Dr. David E. M
22 months ago

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