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2013-05-13 08:31:03 AM  
Shut up, U.N.
 
2013-05-13 08:46:09 AM  
Lots of cultures do.  I'll pass, but here I am in the first world where I can afford to be choosy.
 
2013-05-13 09:19:20 AM  

nekom: Lots of cultures do.  I'll pass, but here I am in the first world where I can afford to be choosy.


you can't pass, citizen. under the authority granted by Agenda 21, the UN will come to your house and collect all your food and replace it with bugs and you will like it.
 
2013-05-13 09:21:38 AM  

kbronsito: nekom: Lots of cultures do.  I'll pass, but here I am in the first world where I can afford to be choosy.

you can't pass, citizen. under the authority granted by Agenda 21, the UN will come to your house and collect all your food and replace it with bugs and you will like it.


something something FEMA camp, something something confiscate guns, something something NWO, something something Obama

.....sorry the energy just isn't in me today, I stayed up to watch Detroit smack down the Ducks
 
2013-05-13 09:22:30 AM  
Me to U.N.: You first.
 
2013-05-13 09:25:29 AM  
Ewww!  No thank you.  I'll eat something normal like lobster, shrimp, or crab, thankyouverymuch.
 
2013-05-13 09:35:45 AM  
Why not. I enjoy eating chicken abortions.
 
2013-05-13 09:51:11 AM  
it will go great with the cicadas.
 
2013-05-13 09:57:00 AM  
Fried ants would be great sprinkled on some else. They taste citrusy and could be used like lemon zest.
 
2013-05-13 09:57:21 AM  
Friend just got back from a mission trip to Laos. Lots of pix of various people eating all sorts of local cuisines made up of bugs.
 
2013-05-13 09:57:46 AM  
There are a few good TedTalks on this subject.  The best way to do it would be to farm the insects and then process them in to some sort of paste that could be used for the protein in a recipe.  It would be near impossible to get western culture to start eating insects whole.
 
2013-05-13 09:57:52 AM  
I was thinking mealworm, dried and processed would probably make an excellent protein powder. I drink a couple of glasses of whey powder a day. I've tried hemp, soy, egg, rice, and pea. Why not mealworm if it's good for you? Mealworms are raised on oats or wheat. It's probably an excellent source of nutrition.
 
2013-05-13 09:59:32 AM  
Process it , problem solved.
 
2013-05-13 10:02:03 AM  
Marinade and hot sauce makes everything delicious.
 
2013-05-13 10:02:14 AM  
Better to add insects to pig feed than adding pig parts.
 
2013-05-13 10:02:22 AM  
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: [a goanna is sizzling over a fire. Sue looks ill] How do you like your goanna? Medium? Well done?

Sue Charlton: You don't really expect me to eat that?

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: Yeah, it's great. Yeah, try some of these yams, try the grubs and the sugar ants. Just bite the end off, they're really sweet. Black fellas love 'em.

Sue Charlton: [tentatively tries a yam] What about you, aren't you having any?

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: Me?

[Mick starts working on a tin with his knife]

Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee: ...Well, you can live on it, but it tastes like sh*t.
 
2013-05-13 10:04:25 AM  
1. Raise insects on agricultural wastes
2. Feed insects to chickens and fish
3. Eat chicken and fish

Simply adding one more step to the process makes this much more palatable.

/strange as it sounds, I've been thinking deeply about this very scheme for years
 
2013-05-13 10:04:52 AM  
When the people show they can get by on boar bristle soup it's a clear indicator someone else stole the rest of the pig.
 
2013-05-13 10:06:27 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Fried ants would be great sprinkled on some else. They taste citrusy and could be used like lemon zest.


You know what else tastes like lemon zest?
 
2013-05-13 10:07:48 AM  

TheRealist II: Process it , problem solved.


Aren't some insect bits and pieces used in certain foods for color?  Processing them into some sort of "insect meal" actually isn't that bad of an idea.  Lots of protein, and if you balance that with a staple crop of rice, potatoes, corn, whatever starch grows well in the area, that might make the idea more tempting.  Although you will face some religious issues in some areas, as I believe insects are neither kosher nor halal.
 
2013-05-13 10:12:01 AM  
If I could find dried grasshopper to cook, I would.
 
2013-05-13 10:12:23 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-13 10:13:22 AM  
Strong Belwas agrees.
 
2013-05-13 10:13:33 AM  

PapaChester: If I could find dried grasshopper to cook, I would.


You might be able to find them at a specialty shop.  There's a small Asian market in a college town here, they have some interesting things.  Lots of stuff you won't find on the Walmart shelf.
 
2013-05-13 10:15:17 AM  
Bee. It's what's for dinner.
 
2013-05-13 10:17:14 AM  
Ok, sure.
 
2013-05-13 10:17:51 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: kbronsito: nekom: Lots of cultures do.  I'll pass, but here I am in the first world where I can afford to be choosy.

you can't pass, citizen. under the authority granted by Agenda 21, the UN will come to your house and collect all your food and replace it with bugs and you will like it.

something something FEMA camp, something something confiscate guns, something something NWO, something something Obama


No insect hunter needs anything more powerful than a BB gun.
 
2013-05-13 10:18:51 AM  
As usual the UN is slow to the party. Pretty much everyone else has known this for a while. There used to be a place here in DC called the Insect Cafe. They made all kinds of food out of bugs like chocolate with mealworms in it or grasshoppers.
 
2013-05-13 10:18:55 AM  
Well, locusts are kosher.  Wonder if they are halal?
 
2013-05-13 10:20:37 AM  
Butter.

Anything fried in butter is delicious. But not canola or olive oil. That would be gross.
 
2013-05-13 10:21:13 AM  
Put 'em on your guacamole!
 
2013-05-13 10:21:18 AM  
Nope
 
2013-05-13 10:22:04 AM  
What this thread needs is an anigif of whats-her-name from the 2nd Indiana Jones movie passing out.

/not sure such a thing exists
//"i had bugs for lunch"
 
2013-05-13 10:22:07 AM  
Food is food.  If I were starving, I would try to catch a rabbit, but I'd most likely be eating grasshoppers.  Might cook them though.
 
2013-05-13 10:23:19 AM  
I've eaten insects before. No big deal so long as they're prepared in such a way to disguise what they are.
 
2013-05-13 10:23:19 AM  
I've done some work with a company that makes protein bars out of insects. They're tasty, and have a relatively small environmental impact.
In addition, there all sorts if studies that seem to indicate our bodies may be more apt to digest insects than other forms of food. (Google "chitinase" if you want to waste a day reading.)
 
2013-05-13 10:23:23 AM  

Whole Wheat: Butter.

Anything fried in butter is delicious. But not canola or olive oil. That would be gross.


Catch a bunch of grasshoppers, dip them in batter, dump them in the deep fryer, and sell them at the Texas State Fair as chicken-fried ground shrimp.
 
2013-05-13 10:23:59 AM  
Witchetty  Grubs foe everyone!
 
2013-05-13 10:27:02 AM  

nekom: TheRealist II: Process it , problem solved.

Aren't some insect bits and pieces used in certain foods for color?  Processing them into some sort of "insect meal" actually isn't that bad of an idea.  Lots of protein, and if you balance that with a staple crop of rice, potatoes, corn, whatever starch grows well in the area, that might make the idea more tempting.  Although you will face some religious issues in some areas, as I believe insects are neither kosher nor halal.




Its culture more than religion that stops it, cause people hate eating pests.
I suspect the market would win out IF you can create a good, cheap, and readily available product (or a damn good ad campaign).

/There are already lots of things we eat that we probably wouldn't if the public knew more about its food.
/Bill Cosby sold me on powdered cow bones and the Hawaiians really love their pork cartilage.
/Maybe the UN should lead by example and serve only bugs in its cafeteria.
 
2013-05-13 10:27:09 AM  

Evil Mackerel: Witchetty  Grubs for everyone!


FTFM
 
2013-05-13 10:27:44 AM  

spentmiles: I work in an IT department with people from many different cultures.  They eat things that I probably wouldn't eat.  This Russian DBA eats the peel of the orange along with the insides.  The two Chinese Javascript programmers eat fish heads for lunch.  And the Indians, I don't know what the fark that stuff is, but it smells like boiled sewage.  Even the Canadian guy eats these weird looking miniature sausages that are probably filled with entrails and genitalia.  And yet we all seem to survive.

I guess my point is that people from poor, third world countries, really don't know any better.  They've grown accustomed to eating bottom of the barrel, disgusting stuff because they didn't have anything better or more nutritious to eat as they were growing up.  You can't really blame them personally for the economic failures of their countries.  I don't know why they don't switch to healthier fare now that they are living in a developed nation, but I think of them as little children who don't understand the world.  It grosses me out, which means I don't eat with them, and they smell bad, but I just stay away from them and everything is fine.


Not one of your better attempts, because it rings too close to reality.

Anyway, your argument is invalid.

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2013-05-13 10:27:48 AM  

nekom: PapaChester: If I could find dried grasshopper to cook, I would.

You might be able to find them at a specialty shop.  There's a small Asian market in a college town here, they have some interesting things.  Lots of stuff you won't find on the Walmart shelf.


Are you insinuating that I shop at Wal-mart? Thems fightin' words.


And the specialty shops in White-ass, CA are not very varied.
 
2013-05-13 10:28:42 AM  
I don't throw a whole cow on my grill, and would feel uncomfortable going to a steakhouse where I had to remove the horns, hooves, etc. When bugs get big enough to filet and cook, let's talk. Of course, giant bugs pose a whole other problem...
 
2013-05-13 10:29:39 AM  

nekom: TheRealist II: Process it , problem solved.

Aren't some insect bits and pieces used in certain foods for color?  Processing them into some sort of "insect meal" actually isn't that bad of an idea.  Lots of protein, and if you balance that with a staple crop of rice, potatoes, corn, whatever starch grows well in the area, that might make the idea more tempting.  Although you will face some religious issues in some areas, as I believe insects are neither kosher nor halal.


locusts and grasshoppers are eaten all over the arab world,
in the buybull, it specifically allows grasshoppers and locusts, but says that eating lobster is an abomination equivalent to homosexuality (to'evah = abomination)
 
2013-05-13 10:30:59 AM  
I've had locusts, and possibly grasshoppers. Didn't really taste of much. Not the best eating, but certainly not the worst, either.
 
2013-05-13 10:32:00 AM  

jehovahs witness protection: Why not. I enjoy eating chicken abortions.


An unfertilized egg is not a chicken abortion.  A chicken abortion would be balut, which I have had and it is disgusting.  If you enjoy eating this though, more power to you:

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2013-05-13 10:32:58 AM  

furterfan: nekom: TheRealist II: Process it , problem solved.

Aren't some insect bits and pieces used in certain foods for color?  Processing them into some sort of "insect meal" actually isn't that bad of an idea.  Lots of protein, and if you balance that with a staple crop of rice, potatoes, corn, whatever starch grows well in the area, that might make the idea more tempting.  Although you will face some religious issues in some areas, as I believe insects are neither kosher nor halal.

locusts and grasshoppers are eaten all over the arab world,
in the buybull, it specifically allows grasshoppers and locusts, but says that eating lobster is an abomination equivalent to homosexuality (to'evah = abomination)


Oh I completely forgot about that.  But wasn't there some issue, like the Torah mentions a particular kind of locust that you can eat, but it doesn't seem to resemble any extant species?  I seem to remember some controversy about that.
 
2013-05-13 10:33:39 AM  

way south: Its culture more than religion that stops it, cause people hate eating pests.


Deer are pests and people love eating vennison. 

Hell, lobster and crawfish and shrimp aren't all that fundamentally different from gross bugs and they are eaten widely.
 
2013-05-13 10:34:09 AM  
If I learned how to cooked them and could easily obtain them, I wouldn't have a problem eating bugs. As it stands though, I would have to hunt them down at a specialty shop and probably pay a price per pound close to real meat,
 
2013-05-13 10:35:08 AM  
If you want to eat grasshoppers or crickets just grab them by the head and carefully twist it while pulling, you should be able to get all organs/digestive system out in one tug. Be sure to cook the hell out of them, they can carry tapeworms.
 
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