What’s for dinner?

What’s for dinner?

They are everywhere! Thousands, millions, billons of creepy crawly critters. They slither and slink, inch and scatter about buzzing and hopping and popping about Iike little people living their creepy but important lives in the same world we claim to own. There are approximately 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects on the planet. In the United States alone, there are more than 91,000 different species. Insects make up 80 percent of all living things on the earth. Their contributions to our existence are essential and undeniable.  So why not take this symbiotic relationship one step further?

So the question is, why don’t human beings eat insects? The question seems simple to answer, but the answer, “because they’re disgusting bugs,” really doesn’t make sense when you think about it. Honestly, which is more disgusting, ants or pigs, grasshoppers or crabs, cockroaches or a sheep’s intestines? Once they are seasoned, chopped, sautéed and served does it really matter what it once was? With human populations expected to sky rocket over the next twenty years and the need for more nutritious food, Marcel Dicke asks a daring question. “Why not eat insects?”

Marcel Dicke makes a pretty compelling case for making insects a part of your every day culinary routine. And while most of us are fastidious about what we eat, his message that ‘locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness’ is one we need to consider. When you look at the numbers, Dicke’s proposal may be inevitable.  http://www.ted.com/talks/marcel_dicke_why_not_eat_insects?language=en

In addition to challenging human perceptions, Dicke is no side show act. His work demonstrated that plants, far from being passive, send SOS signals by emitting volatile substances when under attack by insects. These signals attract carnivorous insects to eat their enemies. Dicke also pioneered a new field of research and won the NWO-Spinoza award or the Dutch Nobel prize.

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http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmnh/buginfo/bugnos.htm

http://www.ted.com/talks/marcel_dicke_why_not_eat_insects?language=en

 

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