by Taetske | 3:24 pm
(Last Updated On: May 24, 2019)

 

 

How about some insects for dinner?

 

 

many big grubs

Many big Grubs

 

Will these crawly creatures be our future food?

It is a fact that at the rate we are going there will not be enough food to feed the billions of people on our earth.

We are 7 billion already and in approx 13 years, we will reach 8 billion. If nothing happens the world population will continue to grow. By the year 2056, there could be 10 billion people living on this planet. It is not certain that this will happen since the human race is set on destroying itself.

Think Global Warming is Climate Change and its already known horrible effects, then add on the unknown surprises. Perhaps we do not make it at all. Our ozone layer could malfunction with all this 5G radiation, who knows?

 

Snail having a meal

Snail having a meal

 

A new diet for the world

But just in case we do make it, what are we going to eat? If we switch over to the Flexitarian diet there is a good chance a lot of people will have something to put on their plate. It does mean we have to change our eating habits. Hopefully, by that time, the 7000 forgotten crops have become part of our diet.

Even if this is implemented, there could very well be a lack of protein as meat intake will be greatly reduced. Remember that cattle kept for food is one of the causes of Global warming. They are responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse gases so you can understand that reducing large scale cattle production for food is a positive thing.

I am not a vegetarian, but I do realize that the dominant method of raising livestock for food is awful for the animals and bad for our health. Massive cattle feeding operations use hormone infused grains, GMO corn (with its requisite glyphosate dosage), and the animals are even kept in pens in unclean conditions.

If you have to eat red meat, make sure the cows are happy cows and by this, I mean that they have been raised on meadow grass and allowed to live a calm life.  Please reduce your intake of meat and when you do, only eat meat from well treated and happy animals.

 

Green Desert Locust

Green desert locust

 

A new source of protein

Does our world produce some other source of animal protein, yes it does but you might not like the idea. How about some crunchy insects? Eating insects is nothing new in our world, it’s just that in the Western world we are not used to it.

 

Big ant on yellow flower

Big ant on yellow flower

 

Some history

In the book “Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah” written by the British orientalist, soldier, spy, and diplomat Richard Francis Burton ( 1821-1890 ) one can read about how to prepare a locust.

When people do not fear for their crops, they do not mind a fall of locusts. Boiled in salt water and then put out to dry in the sun for a few days, makes them a crispy bite. The head is taken off and the stomach is removed as are the prickly part of the legs and voila, there is your tasty locust. Prepared with a mix of onions fried in clarified butter, a pinch of salt and pepper and your locust dish is ready.

 

 

From the Uganda Journal, we learn that grasshoppers and termites are eaten roasted or steamed. Children might put insects in the hot ashes to get rid of hairs. A preparation of steamed and dried termites which are then pounded, end up as Ekipooli sauce. It is reported that this sauce is highly valued in Uganda.

The Aborigines of Australia also had quite a different menu compared to what we are used to eating nowadays. They would eat many plant types and different animals. They would also eat all kinds of insects and part of their diet was a certain type of ants, grubs, moths, and beetles.

 

 

Before the white man came, the Aborigines would walk for miles and eat what they would find. But nowadays they have taken on the bad habits of too much alcohol and fast food and their health has suffered.

 

Fried Insects - Cambodia

Fried Insects – Cambodia

 

Asian countries where people eat insects

Let’s go to Asia, where people eat insects. Lots of them. It seems that in Southeast Asia, 200 different species of insects are consumed on a regular basis. Now that is what I call a varied menu, don’t you agree? This is quite different from having a burger every day, right? Investors are keeping an eye on the growing trend of eating bugs.

So, what do you think? Worldwide, in the past and now in the present millions of people eat insects. It looks like if we will have to reeducate our tastebuds and follow the trend. Our natural resources are getting depleted. Keeping too many cattle for meat is not good for our health and harms our planet.

We have to be open to new food sources. In a short time, we will hear about and start eating new foods like edible flowers, fruit leaves, all kind of healthy seeds, and even roots. So why not also insects? They are, after all, a great source of protein. Studies have told us insects will be the most viable source of protein in the future.

 

A Thai dish with different insects

A Thai dish with different insects

 

What is your food culture?

It seems that insects do not pass our throat very well, it has to do with food culture. Even if the situation is extreme, in general, a human being will not eat anything to survive. This brings to mind a story my Mother told me about the hunger winter of 1944 in Holland during the German occupation.

It was ice cold, people were dying from cold and hunger. Most of the trees had been cut for fuel. There was hardly any food to be had and valuables had been sold already during the previous difficult years. To be able to have something warm in your stomach my Mother, who used to cook for her parents and younger brother, made soup, 2 different types of soup. One was made of stingy nettle, which is actually a very healthy plant with a lot of iron. The other soup was made boiling tulip bulbs.

Our food culture, in general, does not admit eating our pets.  We frown on horse meat and very few would consider a dog or a cat for dinner. Then again there are different cultures which abhor eating pig or cow meat, it all has to do with food culture.

 

As an afterthought

Eating snails is already considered a delicatessen by many and this includes in Spain. From a snail to a grasshopper or perhaps some roasted grubs or ants is not so far fetched, perhaps time will come when we will also consider these insects as a yummy treat.

 

 

Source: Sur in English, May 3rd to 9th, 2019 Article by Esperanza Pelaez, the World Digital Library

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

AnnetteCristina

Consuming insects can expose you to all kinds of bacteria that can prove harmful. Sorry, but there is no way in hell I’m ever going to eat a bowl of grubs. Sorry, but I beg to differ. The world’s population is starting to decline overall due to a variety of different factors. In the USA alone, women are having children much later in life and the number of children aborted far exceeds the number of live births. Norwegian academic who predicted overpopulation ten years ago, now says the world’s population will never reach 9 billion but rather peak at 8 billion by 2040 and then decline.  Prof Wolfgang Lutz at Vienna’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and a Deutsch bank report also predicts a similar decline.

That’s not to say there aren’t areas of the world that are overcrowded such as in parts of Asia, however, if you spread them all out evenly throughout the world, there would be more than enough room for everyone. Just a thought. I liked your article though as it got me thinking. Thanks!

May 22.2019 | 01:33 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Annette,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    I think that the boiling or frying will kill most bacteria so for me that would not be a concern. When one analyzes the food modern men put into their mouth, especially in the U:S: I definitely prefer a crispy grasshopper, of course not one sprayed with Roundup.

    I agree with you, something big might happen and we do not augment the number of inhabitants. As I said in my post the human species is so good at destroying themselves. Mother Earth is also getting quite fed up by our actions and could surprise us. I might make it to 2040 if I take good care of myself. It would be very interesting to see where we will be going. 

    It is only a few days ago that I looked at the world map to inform myself of available space. Bangladesh is number 1, they are really crowded. To think this is a poor country and continuously they are flooded makes one think.

    In Europe Holland is full, people stepping on each other. Now in the U.S, there are many vast spaces so no problem letting in more emigrants.

    Perhaps the problem will be solved in an unexpected way. But to have a plan B is not a bad idea.

    I am sending you a link where you can see the space which is available to the human race.

    http://luminocity3d.org/WorldPopDen/#3/49.67/-10.72

    Regards, Taetske

      

    May 22.2019 | 03:20 pm

supportcme

Nice topic, I never knew that the insects have protein and nutritional benefits, But I never tasted an insect or a bug. This information is new to hear that insects are good for health, I heard that Asian people eat insect and I didn’t know the reason and now I know why they eat insects.

Thank you for sharing this interesting information.

May 23.2019 | 06:32 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    In Spain, people do not eat insects but they do eat snails and edible flowers. I have tried that and it tastes great. We will be forced to keep an open mind if we want to survive as resources are getting low. Knowing insects are healthy and full of protein when the time comes I will give it a try.

    Regards, Taetske

    May 24.2019 | 06:13 am

Andres Agudelo

Even though, I don’t like an insect. This is a really good informative article. The population in the world is growing really fast and there is just a small group of people taking care of the planet, however, people only care about their lives which is a problem ad they don’t know they are affecting the planet.

This article makes me understand that this is good and healthy. Those insects are mostly eaten in Asia, I know that because I have many friends from Asia and they say that this is a good way to survive in case something in the world happen and the regular companies don’t create a product anymore.

It is a great article to start thinking about the future and the problems that we may face. So we have here a way to feed us.

Thanks for the article.

May 23.2019 | 06:38 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Andres,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    The world is changing because of climate change and every day there are more people. We will have to learn to adapt otherwise we will not make it. We will have to go back to nature instead of relying on what kind of food products big companies make. This might include eating insects. Scientist found out that insects are healthy so we better listen.

    Regards Taetske

    May 24.2019 | 06:07 am

Dominic

I live in Southeast Asia, yes, but I don’t live in a country that promotes insect-eating. Having said this, I might not feel good adding insects to my everyday diet (though I could use some grasshoppers lol).

When I vacation to Thailand probably some time in the future, I might consider having one. Wish me luck!

May 23.2019 | 06:41 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Dominic,

    When one travels it can very well happen you will eat something you are not used to. Personally, I like to try local foods. In 1974 I was invited for lunch in Manila. This restaurant served a buffet. I did not know what the dishes were but I put different things on my plate. Afterward, I was asked if I had liked my food. I said yes, it had tasted great. Then I was told I had eaten snake. I do not eat snake in Spain but I must admit it really was good.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske 

    May 24.2019 | 06:01 am

Samm

Hey Taetske
Wow! I bookmarked this page for future reference. Thanks a lot for taking your time and put all these together.
This is a very unique and interesting post and I’m glad that I found it.

I love reading your post especially the part where you mention about insects. I always wonder is it safe when people eat insects? Or what it tastes like? Anyway, I definitely will come back again in the future.

All the Best,
Samm

May 23.2019 | 07:15 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Samm,

    Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Why would it not be safe eating insects? People have done that for thousands of years. The Aborigines in Australia have been doing that for 50.000 years. Generally speaking, I bet insects are cleaner than man-made foods. But the insects must live in a clean environment of course.

    I think it is that we are not used eating insects if we were it would not be a problem.

    Regards, Taetske

    May 24.2019 | 05:54 am

Linda Frankson

Well, this is quite different from what we have been writing about lately.
All the videos on healthy eating. I do agree that insects have a high
protein value but I think only if I was starving I would consider helping
myself to an insect food source diet. Posted this on HIG’s Always a Better Way

May 25.2019 | 08:01 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Linda,

    Yes, it is different but still fits these modern times. Our actions shape and change the world in a very quick way. We better adapt to man-made changes. This might include a change of diet, who knows? It is us, in the Western world who are not used to eating insects but that time could very well come.

    Just wait for a famous French or Spanish chef promoting crunchy grasshoppers. It will become a fashionable trend and everybody will follow. As long as the insects are not contaminated with pesticides I think we do not harm ourself.

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    May 26.2019 | 06:58 am

Jenna Foster

Aloha Taetske!
This was quite a journey all over the world and different cultures of eating! I had very interesting feelings while reading. I remember years ago I watched a documentary about the Aboriginies and this particular episode was about hunting and gathering food. A HUGE caterpillar was one of the delicacies. It was baked in the earth oven. The images of the big wormy creature let my stomach cramp and persecuted me for days!
Recently, we received a package from my mother-in-law and she also added two cricket bars into that package. My husband ate them.

I think I’m not ready for insects yet. I’m not a meat eater too. I prefer fruit and veggies. I was vegetarian for 16 years until I worked so intense that this diet couldn’t feed me properly anymore. My meat consumption is low, and if possible I buy organically grown meat. In the past I watched many documentaries about was is called “meat production” and I’m on my way to find a good farmer who cares for his animals and grows them in love and appreciation.
How about you? Would you be able to eat insects?

Thank you for the awesome article! It is an important thought to change our eating culture! However, I would rather start with improving the conditions for animals we eat. And reduce meat consumption. We really don’t need so much meat! But I will work on it and stretch my mind. We will see. 🙂
Sending much Love and Light!
Aloha, Jenna

Jun 07.2019 | 12:07 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Jenna,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.

    I can imagine that you found this a slightly crawly post but I think we have to keep an open mind to things. Also, the fact that millions of people worldwide have and are eating insects makes one think.
    In our Western world, we have kind of disconnected from nature and produce a lot of unnatural foods which are harmful to our health.

    I had no idea that there are cricket bars on the market but then I must confess I have not started to eat insects yet either. The most unusual for me has been eating snake ragout, I did not know what I was eating and it tasted great.

    The fact that so many animals are being held for food is sad. It harms our environment, it is not good for our health as these animals are given wrong and bad food and on top of that comes these animals are treated in an awful way.

    All the best and I hope you will visit again.

    Regards, Taetske

    p.s.There are many things wrong in our world. We should change, and start to respect and protect all living things.

    Jun 08.2019 | 07:03 am

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