Hey, there’s a really nice article about bug food in the New York Times today:

“In the kitchen at Toscanini’s Ice Cream, David Gracer plunged a spoon into various insect-and-ice-cream concoctions. Wielding a grasshopper covered in burned caramel, he said: “Insects can feed the world. Cows and pigs are the S.U.V.’s; bugs are the bicycles.”

Provocative as that sounds, insects do meet the test of environmental sustainability: they create far more edible protein per pound of feed as cattle. Moreover, given world consumption trajectories, scientists warn that a complete collapse of global fish stocks is possible in the next 40 years. We might want to hedge our bets. Perhaps then it’s no surprise that the concept of bugs as food is getting serious consideration from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Later this month, it will stage a workshop called “Forest Insects as Food: Humans Bite Back” in Chiang Mai, Thailand.”

There’s also a really nice article from 2006 on Thai insect/arachnid cookery, too!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Interesting, however the introduction of a new food source includes all the problems that other sources have. Veggies can have odd e. coli . Meats can have BSE. Birds can have H5N1. And insects can have something that we don’t even know of yet that can be a complementary molecule or Plasmid or Phage or chemical compound or mixture which is even worse. I will continue to crawl around in the tree and eat my eucalyptus leaves until they start serving cockroaches at the drive through. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala
    The balance of nature finds it center, if it moves from it’s center it will likely just move back there anyway.

  2. Great, lets cut down all the trees, collapse fish stocks, cause a myriad of other ecological problems and then go after the bugs. It’s a wonder we’re all still here.

  3. Not much helpful content in the above. Clearly, anytime we eat we run the risk of contracting something unwelcome, but the writer did not advocate deliberate starvation. Then, “insects can have something that we don’t even know of yet” doesn’t have much point. Shall we reject a whole category of food because of what it MIGHT contain? Maybe that’s how Koalas roll, but we humans can expect higher standards for ourselves.

  4. You know, I want to do a teen program on bugs as food since the summer reading them is bugs (yay, me!!)….but I am trying to figure out what the legal ramifications would be if a teen ate something that caused (or that they CLAIMED caused) an allergic reaction…

  5. This is tasty news! :)

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