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(io9)   Bug-eating is a great idea and we should all be doing more of it   (io9.com ) divider line
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975 clicks; posted to Geek » on 04 Jan 2014 at 6:17 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-04 12:46:35 PM  
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mmmmmmmmmmmmm
 
2014-01-04 12:51:29 PM  
if you can make it so that it doesn't look like i'm eating an insect or spider. A Spider McNugget kinda thing. That might work. Otherwise no. We're not going to eat insects.
 
2014-01-04 01:05:40 PM  
We should be, but I won't be.
 
2014-01-04 01:09:07 PM  
as soon as someone markets a frozen 'veggie-burger' type thing made of meal worms and crickets, i'll buy it.
 
2014-01-04 01:12:17 PM  
The "think of the lobster" thing in the video didn't help, either.  Because when I think of lobster, shrimp, etc, I already think of giant bugs and it puts me off eating them.
 
2014-01-04 01:30:25 PM  

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"Think...smaller. Think...more legs."

"EWWWWWW!"

No thank you. Not until every last cow and chicken on Earth has been slaughtered.

 
2014-01-04 05:11:30 PM  

Relatively Obscure: We should be, but I won't be.


This.
Aside from the bugs I'm probably already unknowingly eating that the FDA allows to slip through, I won't be eating any more until it's down to them or people.
 
2014-01-04 05:21:19 PM  
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2014-01-04 06:22:57 PM  
 
2014-01-04 06:22:57 PM  
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OK
 
2014-01-04 06:23:48 PM  
So the 9 insect heads in my Fig Newton doesn't count?
 
2014-01-04 06:26:40 PM  
Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
Guess I'll go eat some worms.
 
2014-01-04 06:39:11 PM  
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2014-01-04 06:44:22 PM  
Bugs are for things to eat so they are permissible for humans to eat, like chickens pecking in the dirt.

So how about no.
 
2014-01-04 06:54:34 PM  
Fark, we could fix a lot of problems if we just got people back on primarily eating legumes instead of white bread, potatoes & beef.
 
2014-01-04 07:03:08 PM  
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2014-01-04 07:16:41 PM  
I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.
 
2014-01-04 07:26:32 PM  
I've never deliberately eaten bugs, but I'm pretty sure I'd be happy to try roasted mealworms or crickets. Every source I've read says that they are nutty in flavor and delicious.
 
2014-01-04 07:42:29 PM  
As a connoisseur of fine crickets, grasshoppers and winged ants, I heartily concur.....
 
2014-01-04 07:44:30 PM  
As long as something has to die for my meal, I'll eat it.
 
2014-01-04 07:51:07 PM  

baconbeard: As long as something has to die for my meal, I'll eat it.


Pretty sure there are some worked-to-death tomato pickers somewhere...
 
2014-01-04 07:56:49 PM  
I mean if it's all ground up and soylent, that's fine with me.
 
2014-01-04 08:04:41 PM  

Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.


I ate a tarantula fried in peanut oil with Knorr chicken seasoning once. One was enough... the legs and thorax weren't bad, though you have to spit out little bits of chitin, but then you hit the big gooshy abdomen...

I kept it down, but I'd definitely say it's an aquired taste. Water bugs are better.
 
2014-01-04 08:06:40 PM  
Mud bugs are good.
 
2014-01-04 08:32:40 PM  
Any of you ever eaten red food coloring or shiny jelly beans?

You've eaten bugs already. Now shut up.
 
2014-01-04 08:43:26 PM  
Isn't that what the paleo-diet is all about?

Or, rather, isn't that what paleolithic people actually ate?
 
2014-01-04 08:48:59 PM  

maxheck: Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.

I ate a tarantula fried in peanut oil with Knorr chicken seasoning once. One was enough... the legs and thorax weren't bad, though you have to spit out little bits of chitin, but then you hit the big gooshy abdomen...

I kept it down, but I'd definitely say it's an aquired taste. Water bugs are better.


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2014-01-04 09:10:58 PM  

some_beer_drinker: maxheck: Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.

I ate a tarantula fried in peanut oil with Knorr chicken seasoning once. One was enough... the legs and thorax weren't bad, though you have to spit out little bits of chitin, but then you hit the big gooshy abdomen...

I kept it down, but I'd definitely say it's an aquired taste. Water bugs are better.


One man's "ewwww" is another's delicacy... think pate or caviar. In S.E. Asia fried tarantulas go for around $7 a dozen at roadside markets, which is a lot of money in rural areas. You'll also see baskets full of fried waterbugs, crickets, cages full of watersnakes etc for anyone who wants a change from fish, fish and more fish.
 
2014-01-04 09:14:51 PM  

the801: as soon as someone markets a frozen 'veggie-burger' type thing made of meal worms and crickets, i'll buy it.


Sure there's a huge market since veggie burgers taste soooooo good.

/s
 
2014-01-04 09:27:22 PM  
I've heard it said that the difference between food and garbage is mostly cultural.
 
2014-01-04 09:30:22 PM  

Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.


Same. Overall I have no problem with this idea. But the crunchy outside, gooey inside thing makes me want to hork.
 
2014-01-04 09:34:40 PM  

Random Internet Persona: Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.

Same. Overall I have no problem with this idea. But the crunchy outside, gooey inside thing makes me want to hork.


You just have to goosh them up. Make a kind of meal out them. Like kamaboko.
 
2014-01-04 09:59:02 PM  

doglover: Random Internet Persona: Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.

Same. Overall I have no problem with this idea. But the crunchy outside, gooey inside thing makes me want to hork.

You just have to goosh them up. Make a kind of meal out them. Like kamaboko.


Hm. Challenge maybe accepted.
 
2014-01-04 10:11:47 PM  

Random Internet Persona: doglover: Random Internet Persona: Iczer: I'm fine and dandy with eating some bugs, but the larger, gooey-er ones just give me the shakes a bit. I'm all for munchin' down some fried ants or something in leu of popcorn occasionally, it's just that the thought of the "crunchy outside custardy inside" ones drives me away.

Same. Overall I have no problem with this idea. But the crunchy outside, gooey inside thing makes me want to hork.

You just have to goosh them up. Make a kind of meal out them. Like kamaboko.

Hm. Challenge maybe accepted.


Now try newt on a stick and pig testicle sashimi.

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I'm not Matt in the picture, but I have eaten at this very restaurant. I took pictures, too. Only I didn't watermark them or put my own face in the shot at the expense of artistic presentation. Sadly, they were lost in a computer switch. Seriously, Matt. We're here to see weird food, not lose our appetites.
 
2014-01-04 10:44:30 PM  
Whatever.
 
2014-01-04 10:58:08 PM  
How's about we just kill off a few of the less useful bug species to make room for more animals that are actually edible?
 
2014-01-04 11:00:08 PM  
When I was a toddler/little boy, I habitually ate ants to gross out the other kids. Little did they know that ants are delicious and taste almost exactly like SweeTarts. They are practically free candy! I'd be more than happy to eat them again.
 
2014-01-05 12:27:37 AM  

drumhellar: Or, rather, isn't that what paleolithic people actually ate?


Right up until they didn't have to.
 
2014-01-05 12:40:26 AM  
Totally fine with eating the small crunchy ones.  Big ones with pockets of bug ooze on the inside ... maybe not so much.
 
2014-01-05 12:44:44 AM  

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"Veeery nutritious!"

 
2014-01-05 01:57:47 AM  
I'm not even farking kidding.

Not even once
 
2014-01-05 02:05:26 AM  
Considering how fast they breed, and how easy they are to keep fed? I have no problem with this. Maybe if they were ground and made into something similar to ground beef? For most, it's about the consistency.

Also, to those saying "OMG I WILL NEVER EAT BUGS!", what do you think Shrimp are. Or Crabs.
 
2014-01-05 02:08:50 AM  

vharshyde: Also, to those saying "OMG I WILL NEVER EAT BUGS!", what do you think Shrimp are. Or Crabs.


Fruit of the sea, you stupid bastard.
 
2014-01-05 04:02:26 AM  
You do that. I'll stick to my beef/pork/lamb/chicken/BAAAAAACON/etc etc etc
 
2014-01-05 04:07:43 AM  

vharshyde: Considering how fast they breed, and how easy they are to keep fed? I have no problem with this. Maybe if they were ground and made into something similar to ground beef? For most, it's about the consistency.

Also, to those saying "OMG I WILL NEVER EAT BUGS!", what do you think Shrimp are. Or Crabs.


I don't eat those either, for the very same reason.
 
2014-01-05 07:24:35 AM  
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2014-01-05 09:07:55 AM  

vharshyde: Also, to those saying "OMG I WILL NEVER EAT BUGS!", what do you think Shrimp are. Or Crabs.


I already covered this for myself.  I don't eat those either.
 
2014-01-05 10:22:40 AM  

buckler: I've never deliberately eaten bugs, but I'm pretty sure I'd be happy to try roasted mealworms or crickets. Every source I've read says that they are nutty in flavor and delicious.


I've had crickets in Oaxaca (usually marinated in a lime [citrus] based sauce), or even occasionally here in the States as an hors d'oeuvre w/ tequila/mezcal, and I can tell you that they are indeed quite tasty.  However, it takes some getting used to picking the occasional leg out of your teeth.
 
2014-01-05 02:38:27 PM  

vharshyde: Considering how fast they breed, and how easy they are to keep fed? I have no problem with this. Maybe if they were ground and made into something similar to ground beef? For most, it's about the consistency.

Also, to those saying "OMG I WILL NEVER EAT BUGS!", what do you think Shrimp are. Or Crabs.


Sea bugs delicious. Land bugs disgusting. It's a simple rule.
 
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