[ExI] will raise bugs for food

Norman Jacobs wincat at swbell.net
Thu Aug 5 18:41:59 UTC 2010

I think believe that refined insect protein would be acceptable as a food
additive without too much resistance from a good many of consumers.  Flavor
would not be an issue and such a practice would not be so unusual in the
prepared foods industry.  People would soon not bother if there was no taste
and no apparent presence.




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--- On Thu, 8/5/10, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:


People aren't grossed out about eating spiders or insects because some
of them are venomous, it's because they find the idea repulsive...  - Dave


Sure but that argument skips an important step:  Why are insects repulsive?
Why is the revulsion (to some extent) instinctive?  Why are some people way
more repulsed by bugs than others?  Why is it that even if pains are taken
to not instill revulsion in children, that most somehow develop it anyway,
or just seem to have it?  Why is it that some people (moi) pick up bugs with
their hands, and others have the classic "eeeewwwww yuck" reaction?  Why do
even dogs and cats to some extent have bug revulsion?


Suppose I were to figure out a way to breed tons of bugs, get them to go out
and grow large by devouring other bugs, then return home, where I put them
into some kind of giant blender and create a huge vat of repulsive high
protein goo, with a microwave irradiator to sterilize the revolting glop.
Then I figured out way to make cookies or biscuits out of it.  Why is it
that no one would want to devour them?  Or even use them for pet food?  But
for some reason they would agree to giving them to the hogs, then eating the






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