The practice of eating insects is known as entomophagy.
There is a good chance that if you are reading this that the idea of eating insects is not an appetizing one. Did you know that the United States and Europe are a minority when it comes to eating insects, though? And it has only been in recent history that we have turned from consuming insects as much of the world has done for thousands of years.
In the United States, our enjoyment of shrimp, lobster, oysters or pork is seen with the same distaste and horror from parts of the world that insect-eating often provokes in members of the western world.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report with the goal of encouraging the U.S. to begin moving toward insect farming as a solution to the world’s population boom and argues that raising insects is better for the environment, requires less resources than cattle or pork and provides better nutrition.
The Bug Guy isn’t recommending that you walk out into your yard, pick up a few crickets and start chowing down. For one, those insects may have been in contact with pesticides. We are only sharing a topic that some find interesting. Looking at a possible future of American cuisine, we aren’t necessarily sold on the idea. Are you up for it? Scroll to the bottom for recipes.