[ExI] will raise bugs for food

darren shawn greer dgreer_68 at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 5 00:51:03 UTC 2010

>> It just seems like with all our technology, we should be able to figure out
>> some way to eat the little bastards.
They've figured it out in Asia. I stayed on Khaosan Road in Bangkok once, where all the backpackers' inns are, and the sidewalks are lined with vendors selling cheap food from carts -- spring-rolls and pad thai and the usual fare. My first stroll down I came across an old woman proudly hawking roasted insects -- they looked liked beetles but I couldn't be sure and her English wasn't that good. They definitely looked crispy though. And she assured me they were delicious.
I passed.
I read once that the average person eats fifteen spiders a year. They crawl into our open mouths while we're asleep and we swallow them. That's enough insect protein for me, thanks. In this case, consider me anti-tech. I'd rather dine on nutra-loaf.
P.S. If anyone wants to point out that a spider is an arachnid and not an insect, forget it. The distinction is lost. The closest I get to eating creatures with more than four legs is lobster.

> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:27:26 -0400
> From: msd001 at gmail.com
> To: extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org
> Subject: Re: [ExI] will raise bugs for food
> 2010/8/4 spike :
>> This is something I have been thinking about for years, raising bugs for
>> food:
>> http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/humanity-needs-start-farming-bugs-food-says-united-nations-policy-paper
>> It just seems like with all our technology, we should be able to figure out
>> some way to eat the little bastards.  They have been eating us for all this
>> time, and eating our food.  Failing that, we should at least be able to
>> figure out how to make them eat each other.
>> I never did find out if a mosquito will bite a tick.
> I think people generally freak out because of the crawlies and
> crunchiness. "Ew, eat a bug? no way" But if we generally had any
> exposure to livestock with the same frequency as local bugs we'd
> probably think, "Ew, eat a pig? They're gross"
> I don't think it's going to take a huge amount of technology as much
> as psychology to start eating bugs. Although if the FDA approves an
> unintelligible name for "bugs" on the ingredients list of
> manufactured/processed foods we won't know or likely care - as long as
> they don't remove any of our salt, fat, or HFCS.
> I'll eat bugs. I'm just not going to start catching my own any more
> than I catch my own chickens, fish or cows.
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