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(Mother Nature Network)   Somebody has invented a tabletop bug incubator that grows pesticide-free, protein-packed insects in one's own kitchen. It's the must-have gift for the survivalist in your family   (mnn.com) divider line 50
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2013-07-30 09:35:24 AM  
sfcitizen.com
 
2013-07-30 09:36:24 AM  
They invented a garbage bag that you forgot to take to the curb?
 
2013-07-30 09:40:07 AM  
Come out with an aquatic bug version and it'll be a hit.

/Shrimp/
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2013-07-30 09:41:30 AM  
Land shrimp.
 
2013-07-30 09:43:02 AM  
This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.
 
2013-07-30 09:43:51 AM  
Chicken of debris?
 
2013-07-30 09:44:05 AM  
When you get hungry enough you will eat anything.
 
2013-07-30 09:44:21 AM  
I think I've identified Subby.

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2013-07-30 09:45:14 AM  
So... I'm generally OK with eating bugs, but there's jut no way I'm going to actively cultivate spiders or flies in my own home. Call me when she builds one based on mealworms or beetle grubs.
 
2013-07-30 09:47:59 AM  

Sentient: So... I'm generally OK with eating bugs, but there's jut no way I'm going to actively cultivate spiders or flies in my own home. Call me when she builds one based on mealworms or beetle grubs.


Or grasshoppers or big juicy cicadas.
 
2013-07-30 09:50:29 AM  
This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.


Because we are human beings and bugs are gross.
 
2013-07-30 09:50:41 AM  
The bugs in my kitchen will kick they're wanker asses.

Pesticides are bug steroids.
 
2013-07-30 09:50:58 AM  

Deucednuisance: This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.


Same here. Mom has a mealworm "farm" so she can feed the birds every now and then.
 
2013-07-30 09:51:54 AM  
I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say eat them all!
 
2013-07-30 09:59:06 AM  
Not interested in the least. I'll just stick with the raisins on the sticky brown paper.
 
2013-07-30 10:01:12 AM  
nope
 
2013-07-30 10:05:34 AM  

Deucednuisance: This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.


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2013-07-30 10:05:45 AM  

Notabunny: Chicken of debris?


Heh heh heh
 
2013-07-30 10:06:37 AM  
Yeah it is called "the entire earth"
 
2013-07-30 10:06:38 AM  
The bug risotto looks farking disgusting, sorry lady...
 
2013-07-30 10:12:21 AM  
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A half empty box of Cheerios does exactly the same thing. Proved in my pantry over and over.
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2013-07-30 10:16:13 AM  
I won't make fun of other people's food. I've traveled and seen enough to know what they are eating may be all they have - and I refuse to make them feel bad about it.

Having said that though, there is no way I'm growing a bunch of bugs for food. A garden is pleasant, a bug box is repulsive.

In a world of choices, that "invention" comes in near dead last - just ahead of starvation.
 
2013-07-30 10:20:29 AM  
I wonder if it would work for lady-bug production? As a guy who grows ecologically (to keep his freezer full of veg all winter), I'd love a renewable source of those pest-eating beauties.
 
2013-07-30 10:21:35 AM  

Deucednuisance: baitfish to feed your Oscars?



www.corbisimages.com

Wait, I gotta feed these things?  Kate, where do we keep the baitfish?
 
2013-07-30 10:25:23 AM  

Deucednuisance: This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.


It's always been my experience that any other fish you put in the tank is bait for your Oscars...except plecos, they tend to not be overly sure what to do with them.
 
2013-07-30 10:27:06 AM  
i192.photobucket.com
For that special Ferengi in your heart.
 
2013-07-30 10:31:07 AM  

n0nthing: Deucednuisance: This is new?  And a BFD?

We've been raising mealworms to feed to our chickens for years.  Neither a headline, nor the Sick tag are worthy, here.   How is this any different than raising crickets to feed to your pet lizard, or baitfish to feed your Oscars? The end consumer is immaterial.  Variations on this theme have been around for centuries.

It's always been my experience that any other fish you put in the tank is bait for your Oscars...except plecos, they tend to not be overly sure what to do with them.


Plecos have pointy bits.

/miss my Oscars
 
2013-07-30 10:35:44 AM  

TheMysticS: n0nthing:
It's always been my experience that any other fish you put in the tank is bait for your Oscars...except plecos, they tend to not be overly sure what to do with them.

Plecos have pointy bits.

/miss my Oscars


Me too.  Last two I had from babies and got up to about 14+" when I decided to rehome them.  Ended up with two big plecos and these giant oscars that just creepily stared at me all day -- decided to get a more fun tank.  Kinda thinking about getting some more though, smart fish.
 
2013-07-30 10:40:00 AM  
I've had mealworms and crickets.
They were cooking them up at the first science&engineering festival here in dc. Promoting bug protiens as humann food, and selling this same idea.

So, they served them sauteed in butter (or oil)- crickets taste like popcorn, and they're small enough to dry up all the way through, so no goo.
Mealworms taste like french fries, and have a nice crunchy texture.

The only thing about crickets I thought was gross were the legs. Got stuck in mah teefs.
I'd eat mealworms as an occasional snack or stick 'em in a stir fry. Mostly just like eating roasted nuts.
 
2013-07-30 10:42:25 AM  

n0nthing: TheMysticS: n0nthing:
It's always been my experience that any other fish you put in the tank is bait for your Oscars...except plecos, they tend to not be overly sure what to do with them.

Plecos have pointy bits.

/miss my Oscars

Me too.  Last two I had from babies and got up to about 14+" when I decided to rehome them.  Ended up with two big plecos and these giant oscars that just creepily stared at me all day -- decided to get a more fun tank.  Kinda thinking about getting some more though, smart fish.


We had them trained to do small things.
They were just as excited as the dog when we'd get home.

And then, they'd stare...
 
2013-07-30 10:49:10 AM  
l.yimg.com

I think this thread is actually about eating children.
 
2013-07-30 10:56:16 AM  
I prefer to buy in bulk
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Phnom Phen , Cambodia
 
2013-07-30 11:21:37 AM  
Insects are for third world peasants and brown people.

It is not fit for the American palette.
 
2013-07-30 11:28:07 AM  

super_grass: Insects are for third world peasants and brown people.

It is not fit for the American palette.


Hey now.  There are multiple reality shows featuring professionals that show us that once we're in a survival situation the best way to go is to start eating bugs and drinking our own pee.
 
2013-07-30 11:34:39 AM  

super_grass: Insects are for third world peasants and brown people.

It is not fit for the American palette.


Correct.  We deserve only the exquisite deliciousness of high society foods like Hot Dogs.

ak2.picdn.net

Fit for the American palette.

/or did it already go through an American palette?
//can't tell....
 
2013-07-30 11:41:35 AM  

VoodooTaco: super_grass: Insects are for third world peasants and brown people.

It is not fit for the American palette.

Correct.  We deserve only the exquisite deliciousness of high society foods like Hot Dogs.

[ak2.picdn.net image 400x224]

Fit for the American palette.

/or did it already go through an American palette?
//can't tell....


2 girls one cup ruined soft serve for me forever.
 
2013-07-30 12:04:40 PM  
Good luck keeping all the bugs in your bug farm dosed with the antibiotics and vaccines needed to render them safe for human consumption by USFDA standards.

/feel free to consume organic free-range bugs
//as long as you don't burden Obamacare with the first case of liver flukes seen in the US in over a century
 
2013-07-30 12:10:57 PM  
I'm going to wait until we run out of cows, chickens, fish, buffalo, elk, deer, etc...
 
2013-07-30 12:11:10 PM  
Supergrass
Insects are for third world peasants and brown people.

It is not fit for the American palette
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Keep saying that as you eat burgers made with pink slime and your hot dogs made of beef anuses.

Bugs are for the most part, perfectly safe to eat if properly prepared, taste good (oh yes, they do, you'd be surprised), aren't loaded with hormones and antibiotics like meat is, and contribute very little to environmental degradation the way meat does.

I, for one, would welcome a wide selection of bug cuisine at the local supermarket.
 
2013-07-30 12:12:04 PM  

TheMysticS: And then, they'd stare...


And you know what they were thinking.

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Soon...
 
2013-07-30 12:24:12 PM  

Prevailing Wind: [l.yimg.com image 360x330]

I think this thread is actually about eating children.


Gah....no one gets the Spielburg Capshaw Trifecta?   Lame
 
2013-07-30 12:41:04 PM  
When the going gets tough, real tough, the choice will be people or bugs.
Only biomass on planet that successfully breeds fast enough.
 
2013-07-30 01:19:36 PM  
Makes me wonder what your bio waste output needs to be to sustain a colony to provide enough to cover your protein needs.  And what the restrictions on that bio waste are ("No tomatos, too much acid", "No egg shells, makes them sick" or whatever)

I'd buy one (or several) of these in a heart beat if the math worked out for the production cycle to produce a good amount of protein with our houses bio waste production.  Being a vegetarian house (ovo-lacto-pesca) means we produce a lot of veggie trimmings, which are currently slowly decomping into compost that we may or may not be able to use.  Having an alternative use for them with a shorter reuse cycle would be great.

/Subby needs to get out more
//Bugs are tasty, and once you grind and season protein it hardly matters where it came from
 
2013-07-30 02:58:12 PM  
I know in my head that bugs make sense as a renewable food source, but just looking at that pasta dish covered in maggots makes my stomach flip and my skin crawl.

I'd never get a forkful of that in my mouth without running screaming from the room.
 
2013-07-30 03:51:14 PM  
You can say "black soldier fly larvae" as many times as you want, but we know maggots when we see them.
 
2013-07-30 04:01:21 PM  
I'm trying to think if you could somehow make a processed burger out of them...mix em with a little soy, though in some assholes and grey matter.  Bet it wouldn't be much different than a McDonalds Cheeseburger.
 
2013-07-30 04:46:40 PM  

Prevailing Wind: I'm trying to think if you could somehow make a processed burger out of them...mix em with a little soy, though in some assholes and grey matter.  Bet it wouldn't be much different than a McDonalds Cheeseburger.


Probably even easier than that.  Grind them up, add egg, grated cheese, and bread crumbs.  Not sure how they'd behave dried / baked compared to doing it with things like quinoa or mushrooms though.
 
2013-07-30 06:07:49 PM  

Prevailing Wind: I'm trying to think if you could somehow make a processed burger out of them...mix em with a little soy, though in some assholes and grey matter.  Bet it wouldn't be much different than a McDonalds Cheeseburger.


In small measure, Moma Nature is 'way ahed of you.
There are measurable "insect parts" in almost all of your food.

Want to know more?
 
2013-07-30 08:25:31 PM  

snocone: Prevailing Wind: I'm trying to think if you could somehow make a processed burger out of them...mix em with a little soy, though in some assholes and grey matter.  Bet it wouldn't be much different than a McDonalds Cheeseburger.

In small measure, Moma Nature is 'way ahed of you.
There are measurable "insect parts" in almost all of your food.

Want to know more?


No. I think not. Thank you for your kind offer.

If you'll please excuse me for a moment i just need to...

>
 
2013-07-31 08:28:20 PM  

Prevailing Wind: snocone: Prevailing Wind: I'm trying to think if you could somehow make a processed burger out of them...mix em with a little soy, though in some assholes and grey matter.  Bet it wouldn't be much different than a McDonalds Cheeseburger.

In small measure, Moma Nature is 'way ahed of you.
There are measurable "insect parts" in almost all of your food.

Want to know more?

No. I think not. Thank you for your kind offer.

If you'll please excuse me for a moment i just need to...

>


Well, since you asked,,,
Insects are the disease vector for some really fascinating virus life cycles.
Some of these viruses infect the brain of and hijack the host behavior and command actions that improve the chance of the host being consumed coincidentally in the food source of the next link in the virus life cycle. Cool beans.
The model is there, now check out some of the bizarre human behavior we see with known virus infections.
Viruses altering human behavior is well known, syphilis comes to mind.
Even a small part of an infected insect could potentially spread a Grab a Gun and Kill Kids virus, for instance.
Sleep tight.
 
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