Insects as food
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.
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.
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.
The bigger and fatter - the better, YUMMY!
18 months ago