In many countries, fried insects are a common meal (yes, for humans). Some U.S. companies are trying to get in the game. Do you think it could catch on here as an alternative to poultry, livestock, and seafood?
We have real food! Humans aren't meant to eat bugs!
There's a stigma against it here. People won't try to eat things they're afraid of
Hell hell hell no lol
I have eaten bugs in Asia. Not too shabby. Will Never be an acceptable food here.
Simply too many other alternatives and Americans will say; "ooh".
I just tried fried crickets for the first time here on my trip to Cambodia and they weren't bad. With the right marketing, I think the U.S. could make it appeal to Americans.
Vermont likes to eat bugs I guess.
Locusts and Honey anyone? :)
That should be fed to welfare moms.
The third world thinks it's great to eat fried bugs. They also deal in baby organ black markets.
Like Planned Parenthood?
You are what you eat.
Of course, it is the future of cheap, sustainable protein. Meat is luxury.
But I guess we'll keep on riding this gravy train till she crashes.
I've had fried grasshoppers, scorpions and silkworms in China. Silkworms were a little pasty/squishy, but the others just tasted like chips or chex mix. No big deal
Americans are too grossed out by bugs. Not gonna happen. We'll see "fried cockroach" and then keep our distance from the place.
No, it's disgusting. You eat all their organs and stored poop when eating them, which is avoidable with bigger animals.
Anyhoo, I'm a vegetarian.
Yay! Go you. Meat takes something like 500 times more energy to grow than plants so you're helping the world. Yay!
I'd starve first!
With the stupid liberals and hipsters yes
How the hell do you people manage to find some way to blame every single possible thing imaginable on liberals?
I'm just saying that there will be an uptake in the idea bc it will seem to not be 'mainstream' and more liberal people will want to encourage it
What's the big deal? They're basically just land lobsters. Also, if you've ever slept, you've already eaten some.
Guaranteed I've eaten worse, just don't want BBQ sauce on my spiders...they are better while sleeping...just like my hands😎
I will stick to chicken boobs.
Nothing like some fine all natural chicken titties.
Tree huggers, Pita, & Environmentalists should love the idea.
If you go back awhile, you'll see that raw fish was seen as a horrible thing, but now everybody loves sushi. I think it's possible
How do you eat fried worms?
I suppose it would end people complaining about bug fragments being in the food, if some of the food blatantly was said insect, lmao.
Very true. Lmao
Only among religious tree huggers.
I've seen the worms that come out of people who eat them
Insects are high in protein and probably healthier than conventional meat. However, most Americans are too arrogant to try something new.
Fried crickets and chocolate covered ants.
My coworker actually searched online for chocolate covered crickets. He said he's trying to find a good protein other than meat because he's so disappointed in our meat industry. I don't think this will be a huge trend but clearly people are into it
They weren't half bad but not entirely enough chocolate
Hard to see the pathway to acceptance. Opposition would be similar to that against GMOs.
If their use as a protein supplement was approved, it would pave the way to widespread use, and perhaps become trendy.
How would we complain about bugs in our food if they were the food?
Lets be honest, is the garbage at mcdonalds or KFC really any worse than a fried bug??
I don't see why not but it will take time and never be big enough to be a threat to chicken and steaks.
I have nothing against it but I think our culture clashes with the idea.
I know I wouldn't eat it but I don't eat any animals anyway.
Probably not. Americans are all that big on trying new exotic things, specially if it counters the American culture.
The fried crickets with soy sauce are pretty good. Tastes just like popcorn with soy sauce.
Maybe as a challenge, but replacing other foods, I doubt it
Roasted silk worms.
Some are not bad at all.
I don't think Crickets 'n Couscous will ever supplant a natural wood-smoked Prime Rib. Jus' sayin'. In fact, I know so few, I'd submit to you that even vegetarianism could not "catch on here as an alternative to poultry, livestock, and seafood"
I'll eat them.
Nah, Americans go for the bigger more filling things anyway. Same reason stuff like escargot isn't a big thing in the U.S. WHO HAS TIME FOR THOSE LITTLE CREATURES?
That wasn't supposed to be capitalized, but apparently this is a dire matter.
A lot of seafood, clams and shrimps, are equally small. We have just found a way to eat them.
Sure sure, but even seafood isn't that popular in America when compared to thinks like beef and pork and chicken. I don't think insects are substantial enough to be a thing. Mayyybe used in other things like shrimp often are, but not by themselves.
Agree it will never get that big.
They are very clean compared to beef/poultry/pork, environmentally friendly, cheap, and much better for you than most other things you eat.
But what do they taste like?
If they taste good then not eating them is simply ignorant provincial bias.
Bugs taste like what they eat normally.
We should, they are the cheapest, smallest, easiest to grow, cook, and transport of all types of protein. Plus they yield the highest protein to mass ratio of all protein animals. And they don't taste too bad.
It's big elsewhere because they're in third world countries and can't afford real food.
When I was a little girl my grandmother's neighbor visited her daughter in France. She brought home chocolate covered grasshoppers.
It'll be no big deal once people get over the stigma and try a few.
Maybe, people eat at Arby's and Taco Bell...
So... Maybe we already are eating bugs.
Maybe ... but I won't be munching on critters with six legs, or eight.
They remove the legs, they get stuck in your teeth.
omg ... I'm still not going to eat a bug.
People won't eat organically grown, environmentally friendly insects but they eat pizza with plastic cheese, faux crab meat & bags of chemicals like they were real food.
I'll take the worms.
It'd take some getting used to, but they're loaded with protein, and I hear they can taste pretty good. I'd give it a shot.