Should you be eating bugs?

I’m not a huge fan of insects. I recognize their purpose and appreciate their contributions to our ecosystems and animal kingdoms, however, I do my best to stay out of their way and simply let them do their thang.

They show me the same courtesy, for the most part.

The act of consuming a bug isn’t something I have ever participated in, and I don’t plan on starting anytime soon. An article from BBC suggests otherwise, though, and suggests that eating insects is far more beneficial than we may realize.

“Insects offer all nine amino acids essential to the human diet, similar to animal proteins,” the article states. “According to a report by US-based Global Market Insights, the edible insect market is projected to soar from $55m in 2017 to roughly $710m by 2024, fuelled by growing demand for high-protein and convenience foods.

“Grasshoppers, locusts and crickets are the most popular for use in protein-rich flours, bars and snacks.”

Hungry yet?

The article explains how a recently developed U.S. trade body, the American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, is working to lobby the FDA and USDA to acknowledge insects as food and further establish production standards. In the EU, the Novel Foods Rules of 2018 is beginning to compose a legislative framework to incorporate insects into mainstream food manufacturing.

While insect diets may not be overly popular in western culture, creepy crawlies are a component of daily diets for approximately two billion people globally, according to estimates from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Apparently, crickets are the insect of choice for those who do consume them.

I don’t know if I’ll be hopping on this bandwagon, but it is rather interesting. This dietary preference is certainly on the rise, and who knows? Maybe we will be able to order insect dishes off of restaurant menus in the next couple of years.

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