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(Mother Nature Network)   The trick to getting Americans to eat more bugs is to coat the insects with a sour cream and onion flavoring or a cheddar and bacon flavoring   (mnn.com) divider line 70
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2013-06-02 08:53:22 AM
And dip them in ranch dressing. Nothing is more American than ranch.
 
2013-06-02 09:49:45 AM
I'd rather eat pigeon.

dugitman: And dip them in ranch dressing. Nothing is more American than ranch.


I've heard that Ranch flavor corn chips get called "American Flavor" in some parts of the world.
 
2013-06-02 09:51:46 AM
I thought these bug snacks were worth pointing out because although they're obviously being sold as a novelty here, there are many who believe that insects are the food of the future. The Dutch are holding bug buffets and some are considering grinding bugs into meat patties to make them more palatable to Western palates.

If we're reduced to eating bugs, clearly the terrorists have won.
 
2013-06-02 09:54:56 AM
Umm, no, but dark chocolate is an perfectly cromulent alternative.
 
2013-06-02 09:55:02 AM
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2013-06-02 09:58:38 AM
Mix them in with cereal. People won't even notice.
 
2013-06-02 09:59:25 AM
Sure, I'm game. I guess the biggest turn off might be the crunch followed by the squish, but what great food doesn't do that?
 
2013-06-02 10:00:11 AM

Mouser: I thought these bug snacks were worth pointing out because although they're obviously being sold as a novelty here, there are many who believe that insects are the food of the future. The Dutch are holding bug buffets and some are considering grinding bugs into meat patties to make them more palatable to Western palates.

If we're reduced to eating bugs, clearly the terrorists have won.


Exactly 5 minutes after the Dutch (or some other first world country) successfully create a "bug patty" that is close enough to a burger of some kind that significant percentage of the population would eat it some eco-journalist will write a story that by the time you factor in all the spices shipped from around the world, the energy used in the processing the bug meal, cooking it and finally placing it upon a bun or plate with sides that we're still destroying the planet.  They will later insist we should only consume protein which has been harvested from free range bugs taken from our own back yard, consumed raw, right then and there.
 
2013-06-02 10:00:45 AM
I made Tommy eat a bug.

/gettin' nothin' for Christmas
 
2013-06-02 10:01:36 AM

Stone Meadow: Umm, no, but dark chocolate is an perfectly cromulent alternative.


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mmmm... just like chocolate covered almonds... kinda.
 
2013-06-02 10:05:11 AM
I had always heard about how grasshoppers were supposed to taste like french fries. So when I found myself at Hugo's on Westheimer and they had braised grasshopper tacos, I figured I'd give them a try.

They tasted like tree roots that had been marinating at the bottom of a sewage ditch outside of a seafood restaurant with poor refrigeration in butter sauce.
 
2013-06-02 10:05:45 AM
 
2013-06-02 10:10:23 AM
They have these ants in S. America called hormiga culonas which are pretty tasty.   I'd rather just have some Corn Nuts but whatever.
 
2013-06-02 10:11:22 AM
Look, the sooner you pleabs and lower caste untouchables start eating bugs, the sooner the upper class can reserve the meats to themselves. Eat your bugs citizen! EAT EM'
 
2013-06-02 10:16:23 AM
I'll be honest....I read the headline and thought, "Yup, I probably would."
 
2013-06-02 10:19:19 AM
Are they free range bugs?
 
2013-06-02 10:20:25 AM

panfried: Look, the sooner you pleabs and lower caste untouchables start eating bugs, the sooner the upper class can reserve the meats to themselves. Eat your bugs citizen! EAT EM'


This. I can't figure out where exactly the recent conspiracy to make Americans eat bugs come from, but it really exists and it's really transparent.
 
2013-06-02 10:20:36 AM

dryknife: Are they free range bugs?


Lol, they're pretty clearly pesticide clean at least.
 
2013-06-02 10:21:43 AM
I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to scrounge around for bugs to eat.  Plus, I already eat enough bugs, fly eggs, and maggots in my food as it is.

For example:   http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceMan ual/ucm074642.htm
 
2013-06-02 10:26:15 AM
Can't forget to deep fat fry them.  'murricans will eat anything if it's deep fat fried.  Add  a shiatload of salt and bacon-flavored chemicals and sell it as something patriotic.  Freedom Bites or something.
 
2013-06-02 10:27:04 AM

Jimmysolson: Mix them in with cereal. People won't even notice.


Or peanut butter. Oh wait...
 
2013-06-02 10:27:41 AM

panfried: Look, the sooner you pleabs and lower caste untouchables start eating bugs, the sooner the upper class can reserve the meats to themselves.


American meat is almost entirely a corner-cutting, volume-based mega-industry run by sociopaths.  You might as well eat bugs.
 
2013-06-02 10:29:26 AM
Oyamel in D.C. serves a pretty tasty grasshopper taco.

I think I'd be good working crunchy bugs into my diet.  I'd love to try a big bag of fried salty grasshoppers.  The squishy ones would need to mixed in with something.
 
2013-06-02 10:29:38 AM
I have tried all of these last year. We had a fear factor taste test with a 3, 7, 9 year olds plus the hubby & myself. The larvae ones are hollow and taste like nuts, they are the best out of the bunch. The crickets are okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat them again.
The scorpions in the lollipops, all you taste is the sugar, no bug flavour. We also had chocolate covered ants too. Yummy!
The flavoured larvae are still requested from the kids.
 
2013-06-02 10:29:43 AM
I prefer to eat my bugs with melted butter... and maybe a bucket of mussels on the side.
 
2013-06-02 10:39:38 AM

wildcardjack: I'd rather eat pigeon.


Well, yeah. Squab's tasty. Tastes like chicken thighs.

But I'd snack on these for sure. Especially sour cream and onion. I'm a sucker for anything sour cream and onion flavored.
 
2013-06-02 10:40:57 AM

VJStinger: Stone Meadow: Umm, no, but dark chocolate is an perfectly cromulent alternative.

mmmm... just like chocolate covered almonds... kinda.


I'd try that...srly!
 
2013-06-02 10:46:26 AM

El Dudereno: Jimmysolson: Mix them in with cereal. People won't even notice.

Or peanut butter. Oh wait...


The FDA web page has a list of the acceptable level of bug parts in just about every consumable you can think of.
 
2013-06-02 10:46:44 AM
This has got to be aliens in the United Nations, terraforming the world to their desires
 
2013-06-02 10:46:47 AM
Wow, so many sissies and nancypants posting, already.

The only objection I've had so far to eating "bugs" is that they're very often cooked improperly among folks in the USA who try them. Sorry, but soggy fried insect just isn't good. There needs to be a proper crunch, without it dripping in grease.

You sissies and nancypants may now return to the "I'm to scared to eat bugs." festival. (PS: Pretending that you're too good to eat bugs fools nobody.)
 
2013-06-02 10:52:00 AM
In fact, a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) highlights the many prospects insects offer for the future of food and feed security.
There are several quite compelling reasons that make a strong case for considering insects as part of a sustainable diet that could end world hunger. For starters, insects are extremely plentiful and are found in nearly all environments.
There are an estimated 6-10 million species of insects, which are thought to represent over 90 percent of the differing animal life forms on Earth, according to FAO. Environmentally, raising insects for food would emit considerably fewer greenhouse gasses than confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) raising livestock. Further:
Insect rearing does not require clearing land to expand productionInsects are very efficient at converting feed into protein (crickets, for instance, need 12 times less feed than cattle and half the feed as pigs and chickens to produce the same amount of protein)Insect rearing can be low-tech and inexpensive, making it a plausible livelihood in even the poorest sections of the worldInsects have a low risk of transferring diseases to humans, unlike CAFO beef, pork and poultry
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/01/eating -i nsects.aspx


Read: A largely untapped source of revenue and huge profits to be made!  Just like $$bottled water$$.

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2013-06-02 10:55:47 AM
KRANCH
 
2013-06-02 10:58:01 AM
At the concession stand for this movie, but somehow you forgot that.

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2013-06-02 11:03:44 AM

gameshowhost: KRANCH


oh hell yes, THIS. You, sir, have just opened the western world up to a whole new delicacy with a single word. Utter perfection. Take this new word and make it your own. From this day on Kranch was born.
 
2013-06-02 11:12:47 AM
Call me when bugs are cheaper than beef or pork or chicken per pound (and I can make a tasty stock from them) or even eggs and beans when it comes to protein sources.

I'm not averse to eating them (I eat shrimp, lobster, crawdads, and crab after all), but those are a bit more expensive than chicken.
 
2013-06-02 11:13:52 AM
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You all, go right ahead.

/srlsly, who eats like that naturally?
 
2013-06-02 11:20:15 AM
I'm the apex predator on this ball of rock.  I'll eat what I want.
 
2013-06-02 11:22:15 AM

panfried: /srlsly, who eats like that naturally?


No one, generally.  I could probably get a lot of people to quit eating meat if I became some sort of world dictator and decreed that you had to cut the muscle tissue off the animal yourself.
 
2013-06-02 11:25:41 AM
The few times I've happened upon bugs for sale in the U.S. (and I admit I have never really gone looking) they are overpriced novelty items.  I suspect that the higher than reasonable pricing is to trick idiots into thinking they are getting something higher quality than it is.

I have no problem eating bugs. I have a problem paying an amount similar to the meats I can get one mile away from my house.

Any burger made with insects would wind up crappy though I imagine.  They have higher protein to fat ratios and the burgers would be dry as shiat without significant additions of outside fats - which this being america would be a trans fat until someone stopped them, and then whatever is next on the list in terms of cheap low quality garbage. Pass.
 
2013-06-02 11:31:45 AM
I'm with the folks who have noted that crickes would probably go better with chocolate (I've had crickets before, they do have a sort of nutty flavour as others have noted...was pleasantly surprised).

Now, witchety grubs or starchy bugs would probably go better with the sour cream and onion or the cheddar and bacon flavouring...

/as long as we aren't talking casu marzu I'm not squeamish about eating bugs...hell, I love me some crayfish, and that's a kissing cousin to bugs :D
//then again, a subset of my ancestors used to eat yellowjacket soup, guess I'm a throwback hehe
///have never tried cicada.  Would be interested to try cicada once.  SO has threatened to kick me out if I ever ate cicada in their presence LOL
 
2013-06-02 11:41:40 AM
The Dutch are holding bug buffets and some are considering grinding bugs into meat patties to make them more palatable to Western palates.

Isn't that what we've got here in the states already? Bugs, poop, godknowswhat...

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2013-06-02 11:43:18 AM

Gonz: wildcardjack: I'd rather eat pigeon.

Well, yeah. Squab's tasty. Tastes like chicken thighs.

But I'd snack on these for sure. Especially sour cream and onion. I'm a sucker for anything sour cream and onion flavored.


Check out 'crickettes' on Amazon. They make them in that flavor.
 
2013-06-02 12:13:39 PM
I wish it were easier to find insects to eat here in NA. I'm probably the world's least picky eater, so I'm sure I'd find them tasty enough. It would also provide a great alternative to eating factory farmed mammals/birds.
 
2013-06-02 12:17:42 PM

SeriousGeorge: I wish it were easier to find insects to eat here in NA. I'm probably the world's least picky eater, so I'm sure I'd find them tasty enough. It would also provide a great alternative to eating factory farmed mammals/birds.


I think I may try some cicadas this year, unless they concentrate pesticides or something.
 
2013-06-02 12:18:30 PM
I'm pretty sure the way to get Americans to eat more bugs is to label them "land lobsters" or something similar.
 
2013-06-02 12:22:00 PM
I'm more grossed out by the thought of eating the "sour cream and onion bio-chemical flavor powder" than the bugs themselves. And I'm used to eating that unnatural flavoring crap. They should just sell the bugs plain, or at least have it be an option.
 
2013-06-02 12:28:48 PM
Let's see...
If it's dead.
If it's raised as food and not as bait or caught in the wild.
If the legs have been removed. (This is mainly for crickets.)
Then maybe.
 
2013-06-02 12:29:59 PM
Or, they simply can just call it natural flavor and natural color.
 
2013-06-02 12:30:24 PM
As long as I can afford cow, I will be eating cow.  I would say, "Sorry, poors," but they get plenty of free cow too via food stamps.

At least America-poor people.

The rest of the world's poor people can eat bugs.  I don't really care too much.  Their own fault for not overthrowing their corrupt governments generations ago.

Or even better:  I will start eating bugs when UN delegates start eating bugs.
 
2013-06-02 12:46:25 PM

alwaysjaded: I had always heard about how grasshoppers were supposed to taste like french fries. So when I found myself at Hugo's on Westheimer and they had braised grasshopper tacos, I figured I'd give them a try.

They tasted like tree roots that had been marinating at the bottom of a sewage ditch outside of a seafood restaurant with poor refrigeration in butter sauce.


I thought Hugo's could do no wrong; the grasshopper taco quickly disabused me of that notion.  I'd say more hay than tree roots, but otherwise spot on.

/still love Hugo's otherwise
 
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