Have you heard of Cricket flour?
What about Toffee Coconut Mealworms?
It seems like in the last six or seven years, editable insect websites have popped up all over the internet.
“Eating Bugs is Good for Us and Good for the Planet!”, claims one website.
“Eating creepy-crawlies could help curb obesity”, another site boasts.
Okay. I won’t argue that insects have long been a staple in the diet of some cultures. I also won’t debate some arthropods are high in protein, require fewer resources than livestock, etc. And yes, I understand that continued population growth will inevitably force us to turn to alternative food sources.
But here’s the thing: these editable insect suppliers are marketing to first-world cultures.
We have technology.
We have an emerging sprout industry that can be grown indoors…. in water alone… and is ready for harvest in five days. Five Days!
What’s the growth cycle of crickets?
We have scientists developing plant-based meats that resemble the texture and taste of real meat. While companies such as Beyond Meat and MorningStar Farms have yet to make a plant-based meat that is indistinguishable from the real thing, these companies seem to get closer with each new product released.
My point is this, we have options – much better options than eating bugs.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with the producers or consumers of arthropod-based food. If you’re cool with baked scorpion or chocolate covered tarantula, knock yourself out.
But let’s call it what it is.
Eating bugs isn’t the future of food in the Western culture. It won’t save the planet or cure the ill. It’s simply an food alternative for people who like the idea of eating bugs.