Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects is fast becoming a popular trend throughout the world. About 25 percent of the world’s population already eats insects, mostly in Asian countries, but the trend is slowly making its way to the U.S. Despite it originally being an April Fool’s joke, an Oreo mudpie cricket protein milkshake has recently become surprisingly popular. What you might not realize is that every person already eats about one kilogram of insects by mistake each year. Vegetarians and vegans consume even more by accident.
Insects are a great source of nutrients, and take much less land and energy to produce. You know that whole trend of eating locally farmed animals? Well, insects are completely sustainable and can easily be locally farmed. They also have huge amounts of fats and amino acids, not to mention they are a great source of protein. There are a large number of edible insects that would provide a viable source of food for humans and animals. Some of the more popular ones are crickets, beetles, moths, grasshoppers, and black flies.
Did you know you already consume that amount of insects? How difficult would it really be to raise that number?