“The peanut seems too soft somehow, and has a strange metallic flavour to it. I wash it down with a swig of beer and pick up the bowl. Crickets… This was my introduction to the art of eating insects, or entomophagy.”
“It’s also going to be different. They carry everything from gourmet ketchup, to proteins Americans are less accustomed to eating – like earthworm jerky, black ants, silkworms and cricket flour.
“When we first introduced them, I didn’t know if it was going to be sideshow material or if people would be into it,” Marx said. “But people have come up to us and said, ‘Oh yeah, we know 80% of the world’s cultures already eat insects!'””
Cricket powder has not proved to be an especially hard sell, receiving a good reception in the US and Europe, according to Ziegler. “The beautiful thing about turning the crickets into a powder and blending it into a cup-for-cup substitute for normal all purpose flour is that they’re completely invisible,” she says.
“While consuming insects directly could be a substantial source of the protein humans need to survive, shifting the focus away from the ecologically reprehensible meat industry, the question of feeding insects to livestock is perhaps the more complicated issue — and the one that requires more research.”
“From today, customers at Jumbo stores in two northern Dutch cities will be able to add “buggy balls”, “buggy burgers” and “buggy crisps” to their shopping carts in a roll-out plan to put edible insect products on shelves in 400 stores across the country by early next year.”
“Turning to insects for nourishment is not a new idea – the Bible mentions entomophagy, as do texts from Ancient Greece and Rome. But insect eating never caught on in Europe. The reasons are unknown, but the spread of agriculture – and, in particular, the domestication of livestock – may have made insects, and undomesticated plants and animals in general, less important as food sources. ”
“I ate the crickets, but I really didn’t want the worms,” recounts Dhalwala. “But David put them right there in front of my face, like it was nothing to him, which it isn’t. So I grabbed them and popped them in my mouth like it was a grape. I felt really bizarre inside me. But I was trying to be professional.”
“With the world’s human population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, and with developing countries’ growing appetite for meat, insects may be a sensible solution to our dilemma of how to produce sufficient protein for that many people without causing further harm to the planet. The factory farming model is known to be unethical and highly damaging, emitting more greenhouse gases than cars, planes, and trains combined.”
“And then, I notice the eyes. Dark, compound orbs on a yellow speckled head, joined to a winged, segmented body. I hadn’t spotted them right away, but suddenly I see them everywhere – my noodles are teeming with insects.”