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Published on Dec 31, 2010
EATING BUGS! Eating Insects! Shock Horror!
Bugs and insects are eaten as part of the regular diet by around 2.5 billion people across the world. Many, many, more eat insects on an occasional basis.
Although reviled in the west - mostly because of their appearance - and connections (some) with disease, plus destruction of crops, many insects are highly nutritious and SOME even taste really good when prepared properly. Others, to be perfectly honest, don't make it into the yummy books, and you are truthfully better orff not bothering with them. However, the BEST ones are really good.
Because many insects are high in nutrition, and have a small production footprint (compared to conventional sources of meat such as beef) it makes some sense to consider insects as a potential source of 'farmed' human food in the future, or possibly as replacement to expensive feed grain as animal feed.
Entomophagy is the technical term of eating insects and bugs, and with the impending increase in world population the United Nations FAO has begun to focus in on insects as a potentially valuable source of edible protein, fat and minerals for the future.
Wild Food School runs short courses dealing with all sorts of aspects of eating edible insects. For more information check out the website: http://www.wildfoodschool.co.uk