- The Plate
Bug Off: Why Insect Eating Is More Gimmick Than Reality
Bugs are the hottest new trend in food!
Sound familiar? It should. Almost two years ago, in the wake of a FAO report on edible insects, National Geographic, along with everyone else, was writing about how bugs could save us all. Even before that, in 2010, Dutch entomologist Marcel Dicke gave a famous TED Talk and co-wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal advocating for entomophagy (a fancy word for bug eating).
Look around. Is everyone eating fried mealworms?
I didn’t think so.
I’m a bit conflicted about insect consumption. I will freely admit to being a little squeamish about anything worm-shaped and wriggly. But crickets? Specifically the enormous, invasive camel crickets that terrorized me as a child (and, to be honest, still