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Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Big Green Bug

Here’s some news that’s sure to make you explosively hurl your breakfast cereal reconsider your next steak dinner. A Dutch scientist, whose name shall forever live in infamy is Arnold van Huis, claims to have the answer. The question is, what do we do about the emerging global food crisis?

His answer doesn’t fit the usual profile of options to consider.

Dr. van Huis advocates changing our eating habits. Dramatically. Indeed, he says we need to eat bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. His reasoning?

“Children don’t have a problem with eating insects,” he told Reuters.

The problem for adults is psychological, he said, and “only tasting and experience can make them change their minds.”

Now there’s some words of wisdom from the scientific community. (I’m sure glad he isn’t a chemist; I shudder at what he’d suggest then.) The good professor goes on to note that insects have more protein than cattle, per bite. Think of super-sizing your steak while you munch the crunchy extra-legged critters. He also notes that they cost less to raise, consume less water and don’t have much of a carbon footprint. (Some leave lots of tiny footprints, though.)

Margot Callis, who runs the farm that provides van Huis and van Gurp with their, er, starting materials, notes: “It’s good food, of high nutritional value and very healthy for elderly people.” Just the possibility that I’ll be eating this sort of thing in my dotage is enough to ever prevent me from growing old!

Van Huis is not just a man of words; he’s taking action commensurate with his claims. He has teamed with chef Henk van Gurp (now there’s a name to conjure with) to produce a cookbook and “suitable recipes,” such as mealworm quiche, and chocolate pralines with buffalo worms. Arnold notes prophetically, “Once international leading chefs begin preparing this food, others will follow.”

Me, I don’t plan to be an industry leader in the consumption of this stuff. When I was a kid, a good joke was, “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?” Half a worm, of course. The conditioning that makes that a great punchline isn’t likely to be changed by a few academic experiments. My guess, I’m not alone in that feeling. I’ll leave such experimentation to the younger generations; after all, they already like the stuff, eh, Dr. van Huis?

Enjoy the (Creepy Crawly Crunchy) Heat!

Entries in this series:
  1. Friday Follies: Weirdest Snacks, Dumb (and Hungry) Burglars, and Why Google is Like Bananas
  2. Friday Follies: Cakes That Make You Laugh (Maybe), and Which Food Best Represents Your State
  3. Friday Follies: Green Bugs to Replace Red Meat On Your Plate?
  4. Friday Follies: How to Pour a Beer Every Second (Almost)
  5. How Beer Saved the World (and, You Heard It Here First!)
  6. Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)
  7. What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way
  8. Follies Extra: Is That a Chile Pepper On Your Plate, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
  9. Friday Follies: Oh, You Wanted the Mayo On the Side, Eh?
  10. Friday Follies: Eating Like a Monk During Lent
  11. Friday Follies: O No, You Got a Spork in the Salad Shooter!
  12. Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball
  13. Friday Follies: Chile Underground Voted Number One Food Blog
  14. Friday Follies: Beer, It's What's for Breakfast
  15. Friday Follies: The End of the World is Nigh, and Bacon is to Blame
  16. Virtual Reality Gives “Cookie Monster” a Whole New Meaning
  17. Friday Follies: Do-It-Yourself Egg Art, and That’s No Yolk
  18. Burger Follies: A Fight Over Killer Burgers, In-N-Out in Texas, and Burger America Goes Second Edition
  19. Friday Follies: Once I Saw These, I Didn’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance…
  20. Friday Follies: Peppers Help Preggers to Pop
  21. Follies: Barbeque That Goes Where You Go, All Day Long
  22. Follies: How to Carry Your Liquor, and Don’t Do’s at the Bar
  23. Going to China for the Aquatics Championships? Don’t Eat the Pork…
  24. Zesty Chili Doesn’t Make Lingerie More Exciting for One Woman
  25. Follies: Edible Clay, Eu de Play-Doh, and a Website You Can’t Live Without
  26. Important News Concerning Two Essential Food Groups: Beer and Hamburgers
  27. Follies Extra: A Multitude of Uses for Beer (Besides Drinking)
  28. Chocolate’s Better’n Carrots, But Is Miracle Whip Really Good for Your Love Life?
  29. Who Says Lutherans Don’t Know How to Party? Watch This…
  30. There’s Something Big Stirring at UMass…
  31. Salsa Proves Too Hot for Owner; He’s Smoked…
  32. Would You Like Some Al Yankovic With That Veal Cordon Bleu? And Other Food-Music News
  33. A Salmagundi of Savory Silliness
  34. Doritos Situation Grave, and (Lust for) Alcohol Makes You Stupid
  35. “A Bear Walked Into a Grocery…” And It’s No Joke…
  36. French Ban Ketchup? This Means War! Again…
  37. Armadillo as Weapon, Bar Fun With Guns, and Another Humongous Burger
  38. Pizza as Vegetable? Okay; Why Not Chocolate, or Cheez Whiz, or Kool Whip, or …
  39. A Meal That Makes You Glad You Have Leftovers From Thanksgiving
  40. Why This May Be the Last Christmas Ever
  41. If You’re Going Out Into the Snow, Take Your Beer Along (Lots of It)
  42. No Eat Strong Pig, Eat Monster Gummy Bear Instead
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