Convenient Insect Cuisine Coming to UK

I’ve likened my gastronomic habits to that of a catfish: If I’m hungry, I’ll be happy to eat just about anything that floats by. I credit my lack of pickiness to growing up in a home where there weren’t a lot of home-cooked meals, so it was catch as catch can. (I also developed terrible eating habits, which I’m still addressing, but that’s a story for another time.) Anyway, I’d cheerfully eat an insect-based meal – especially if it’s nutritious and convenient. I can understand that others might be squeamish, tough.

Via Gothamist:

One British company has now presented their plan (in the video below) to get bugs into our bellies, noting insects are high in protein, and low in fat and cholesterol. But this isn’t just a personal thing—eating them would also be good for the planet, which is being damaged by digestive gas and feed production from the unsustainable herds of cattle that are at the center of the Western diet. Plus, what else are we going to do with these billions of cicadas?

Ento aims to wean us off of our current eating habits, and coax us into eating insects with its Ento Box. The Ento Box will features cubes created with insects and other ingredients, which are presented in an abstract way that do a good job of covering up the fact you are eating insects. But that’s just the beginning—by 2018 they hope to have rolled-out restaurants, microwavable meals, and insect-based cooking products. By that time, they also hope to introduce insects (in their natural form) to the meat aisle of grocery stores.

4 Comments on "Convenient Insect Cuisine Coming to UK"

  1. emperorreagan | Apr 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

    Eating insects absolutely makes sense – it’s unavoidable, anyway, unless people are actually fooled by the aesthetic standards governments set on insects that can detected in food.

  2. cassandra coleman | Apr 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm |

    Processed chicken is made out of the WHOLE chicken. Minus the feathers, everything from bones, guts, beaks, and eyeballs are ground up into a paste- I’d much rather eat a whole cricket, instead.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Apr 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm |

    insect eating is big in parts of Asia
    Thailand has lots of insect food vendors on the streets
    almost all processed factory foods have a % of incests in them

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture has increased the amount of insect parts and rodent hairs allowed in food… Allowable insect parts include semen, heads, antennae, legs, eggs, and maggots. Rodent hairs may come from any rodent, including rats, mice, and squirrels.

  4. billy_mavreas | Apr 13, 2013 at 12:37 am |

    Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
    Benjamin: Yes, sir.
    Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
    Benjamin: Yes, I am.
    Mr. McGuire: Insects.
    Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
    Mr. McGuire: There’s a great future in insects. Think about it. Will you think about it?

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