No Bugs, Milady

In full Marie Antoinette mode, The United Nations has proclaimed, “Let them eat bugs!” The international organization is advocating the protein-rich diet to deal with feeding an exploding global population and addressing growing environmental concerns.

Variety of Insects

Variety of Insects

To accommodate the 9 billion people who will supposedly inhabit Earth by 2050, we need to double current food production. Because land is scarce, expanding the area devoted to farming is rarely a viable or sustainable option. Oceans are already over fished. To meet the food and nutritional challenges of today and feed the nearly one billion chronically hungry people worldwide, we need to find new sources of food. The idea is that we must stop obliterating insects and eat them instead. More than two billion people already regularly consume insects as food. We Westerners don’t because of a cultural distaste which is considered to be irrational by the rest of the world.

I'm with Jessica. A bug is a bug, even if it's covered in chocolate.

I’m with Jessica. A bug is a bug, even if it’s covered in chocolate.

If you’re on a diet, 100 grams of cricket yield 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of carbohydrates, and 75.8 milligrams of calcium. Other insects scoring high in nutritional content include silkworm pupae, bamboo caterpillars, wasps, Bombay locusts, and scarab beetles. Pass me the fried tarantulas, please.

Locust Kabobs

Locust Kabobs

It’s nearly time for the seventeen year locusts to emerge. I suppose could follow the example of the man in Columbus, Missouri, who covered boiled cicadas with brown sugar and milk chocolate into a new ice cream flavor. He sold out before the health department made him stop production. Anyone up for Locust Lovers Delight?

While researching this article, I found a list of thirty-seven insects which are edible. I won’t name them all, but suffice it to say that any food group consisting of tasty critters including cockroaches, centipedes, slugs, dung beetles, lice, worms, grubs, and walking sticks will not make my Pinterest board of “Favorite Recipes.”

To end on a positive note, if we were all reduced to eating insects as a main staple of our diets, I don’t think obesity would be a problem anymore.

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6 thoughts on “No Bugs, Milady

    1. Robin Helm Post author

      I hear bugs are low carb. Maybe we should try this.

      Chloe eats bugs, and look how thin she is. ; )

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      1. Gayle Mills

        We could do that if we want to pant with our tongues out and run around nipping at heels. Then of course we wouldn’t need aerobics since we would be actively engaged in running in circles when we’re not dragging kitchen utensils out of the cabinets.

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  1. Susan Kaye

    Oh please, any advice on world hunger that comes out of the muti-storied tub of goo is to cover their complicity in using food to pacify despots and world-class gangsters the world over. Admitting you’re feckless and gormless while giving this sort of advice is pathetic.

    On the humorous side, there was a story just out crafted to scare u. Because of sequestration, USDA inspections will be down. One of the side effects might be more foreign objects in our food. This will include bugs as they are a natural presence in ALL food processing facilities. Do we all feel better now? We accidentally eat lots of bugs every year. Just the numbers that accidentally fly into our mouths when we’re outside should count for something.

    I suppose in the next hour or two, when the next government scandal breaks out and the nonresponse of the government leaves nothing but crickets chirping, we should all run in that direction, bottles of hot sauce in hand, to get our next meal!

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