Why not eat insects?


  1. #1 Charles Sullivan
    December 11, 2010

    Quite a convincing video.

    It might take a bit getting used to. In other words, I’d prefer to first start with crunchy (and perhaps spicy) insects, as opposed to soft (slimy?) and bland ones.

    Do locusts taste like shrimp?

  2. #2 MadScientist
    December 12, 2010

    @charles: Locust taste like locust. If you don’t prepare them properly they’re extremely bitter.

    One big reason insects are generally not on the menu is that it takes a pretty big effort to catch enough of the bugs, and the live bugs are not easy to handle in large quantities. Imagine catching locust in a plague. We can raise a variety of cockroaches with vestigial wings in glass boxes, but with all the feeding, watering, and cleaning and processing the bugs into food is it really worth it? Some insect larvae are pretty big and people around the world eat them, but once again we’ll have to grow them in a laboratory of some sort – you can’t really farm them out in the open.

    Eating bugs: that can wait until cows pigs sheep goats chickens donkeys horses camels fish whales and even dogs have gone extinct.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    December 12, 2010

    The African “Locust” is a Katydid. You just roast them a bit and pop them in your mouth. Many self-roast at night in a fire, and you just pick them out of the fire and munch them down. They have a nutty flavor.