Insects Will Be Our Meat In The Future

According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Marcel Dicke and Arnold Van Huis, insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste…

At the London restaurant Archipelago, diners can order the $11 Baby Bee Brulee: a creamy custard topped with a crunchy little bee. In New York, the Mexican restaurant Toloache offers $11 chapulines tacos: two tacos stuffed with Oaxacan-style dried grasshoppers.

Could beetles, dragonfly larvae and water bug caviar be the meat of the future? As the global population booms and demand strains the world’s supply of meat, there’s a growing need for alternate animal proteins. Insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, and they’re low in fat. Insects are easier to raise than livestock, and they produce less waste. Insects are abundant. Of all the known animal species, 80% walk on six legs; over 1,000 edible species have been identified. And the taste? It’s often described as “nutty.”

The vast majority of the developing world already eats insects. In Laos and Thailand, weaver-ant pupae are a highly prized and nutritious delicacy. They are prepared with shallots, lettuce, chilies, lime and spices and served with sticky rice. Further back in history, the ancient Romans considered beetle larvae to be gourmet fare, and the Old Testament mentions eating crickets and grasshoppers. In the 20th century, the Japanese emperor Hirohito’s favorite meal was a mixture of cooked rice, canned wasps (including larvae, pupae and adults), soy sauce and sugar.

Will Westerners ever take to insects as food? …

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  • Krinker

    15 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.
    10 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.
    5 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.

    Today, …

  • Krinker

    15 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.
    10 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.
    5 years ago, people would shift to bugs completely in 2 to 3 years.

    Today, …

  • Anonymous

    If you ever eat factory-processed foods, you already eat bugs. Things like peanut-butter and crisps have a maximum allowable parts-per-unit measurement of insects and other contaminants. It’s inevitable even in the cleanest factory.

  • quartz99

    If you ever eat factory-processed foods, you already eat bugs. Things like peanut-butter and crisps have a maximum allowable parts-per-unit measurement of insects and other contaminants. It’s inevitable even in the cleanest factory.

    • Belcat2

      Rats, mice and insects in the grains get crushed into flour, or whatever is being processed.

  • http://twitter.com/RodT3 RodT3

    This is not really accurate. this is not some meat replacement this is some extreme cuisine for the bored suburban diner

  • http://twitter.com/RodT3 Cremaster

    This is not really accurate. this is not some meat replacement this is some extreme cuisine for the bored suburban diner

    • Belcat

      Yeah, it starts off as extreme cuisine, and sometimes, it becomes more popular… We’ll have to see.

  • Belcat

    Yeah, it starts off as extreme cuisine, and sometimes, it becomes more popular… We’ll have to see.

  • Anonymous

    Rats, mice and insects in the grains get crushed into flour, or whatever is being processed.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve eaten crickets, which weren’t as bad as I thought. Can’t say I’m in a hurry to have them again though

  • dumbsaint

    I’ve eaten crickets, which weren’t as bad as I thought. Can’t say I’m in a hurry to have them again though

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  • Randki

    I have been pushing for this for years… you could use insects to make “burgers” that tasted like the real thing. Of course, you could also make burgers that taste so bad people would clean out the insideside of their mouth with sandpaper.

    But seriously, there are SO many types of bugs out there, and so many reproduce so rapidly, and both contain high protein and fibre, not to mention they are extremely nutrious all around. Some taste like absolute crap, but some taste fantastic. We could literally solve the worlds hunger problems AND a lot of our waste problems with the proper use bug farming. But man, strict controls would have to be in places so they didnt escape.

    Convincing people is hard though, we are so ingrained to think of them as gross (How are snails less gross than other bugs, ugh) or scary (I am scared of spiders and bees… I mean, COME ON THEY LOOK MEAN!).. but if we could introduce them right, then wow..

    Ah, pipe dreams.

  • Randki

    I have been pushing for this for years… you could use insects to make “burgers” that tasted like the real thing. Of course, you could also make burgers that taste so bad people would clean out the insideside of their mouth with sandpaper.

    But seriously, there are SO many types of bugs out there, and so many reproduce so rapidly, and both contain high protein and fibre, not to mention they are extremely nutrious all around. Some taste like absolute crap, but some taste fantastic. We could literally solve the worlds hunger problems AND a lot of our waste problems with the proper use bug farming. But man, strict controls would have to be in places so they didnt escape.

    Convincing people is hard though, we are so ingrained to think of them as gross (How are snails less gross than other bugs, ugh) or scary (I am scared of spiders and bees… I mean, COME ON THEY LOOK MEAN!).. but if we could introduce them right, then wow..

    Ah, pipe dreams.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    …an sewer rat may taste like punkin pie…but I’ll never know cuz I don’t eat the filthy muthaf*ckas! (with a nod to Mr. Jackson and Mr. Tarantino.)

    • Andrew

      Have you ever seen a pig?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    …an sewer rat may taste like punkin pie…but I’ll never know cuz I don’t eat the filthy muthaf*ckas! (with a nod to Mr. Jackson and Mr. Tarantino.)

  • Andrew

    Have you ever seen a pig?

  • justagirl

    there’s something very peculiar about that lizard. …i mean chef.

  • justagirl

    there’s something very peculiar about that lizard. …i mean chef.

  • Balthazar

    You know what’s nutricious and even easier to produce without harming the environment ?
    Vegetables.
    Regardless of the way you try to circonvert it, to produce one amount of animal proteins you will always need multiple time the same amount of vegetal proteins.

    Seriously Wall Street Journal, it’s not with sensationalist and baseless articles that you are going to make us shift back to paper press.

  • Balthazar

    You know what’s nutricious and even easier to produce without harming the environment ?
    Vegetables.
    Regardless of the way you try to circonvert it, to produce one amount of animal proteins you will always need multiple time the same amount of vegetal proteins.

    Seriously Wall Street Journal, it’s not with sensationalist and baseless articles that you are going to make us shift back to paper press.

  • http://www.subgenius.com J. R. “Bob” Dobbs

    “You’ll all be eating roach crap by the end of the century!”
    – Rev. Ivan Stang, “The Book of the SubGenius”, first published in 1979

  • http://www.subgenius.com J. R. “Bob” Dobbs

    “You’ll all be eating roach crap by the end of the century!”
    – Rev. Ivan Stang, “The Book of the SubGenius”, first published in 1979

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001402056916 Dave Angel

    I’ve eaten plenty of insects in Thailand. Buy them fresh from a man with a cart, he deep fries them for you and they’re lovely and crunchy. Chicken feet too, or “Adidas” as they’re known, also crunchy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001402056916 Dave Angel

    I’ve eaten plenty of insects in Thailand. Buy them fresh from a man with a cart, he deep fries them for you and they’re lovely and crunchy. Chicken feet too, or “Adidas” as they’re known, also crunchy.