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Old 04-20-2014, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Between the three of us, a small plate is piled high with grasshopper bodies. They have been roasted, salted and flavoured with some spicy chipotle, but they are also clearly identifiable as insects with an exoskeleton and, in the case of many, including the first one I grab, little eyes.
This is the food source we need to be growing, according to a group of McGill graduate students who won a $1-million prize for offering a solution to help with increasing issues around food security.
"Insects are the food of the future," says Jesse Pearlstein, chief financial officer for the collection of students, known as Aspire Food Group.
Crickets, river ants, beetles, palm weevils, locusts and numerous other insects are eaten by 2.5 billion people around the world.
Although insects are highly nutritious and sought after as a food that is traditional, celebratory and a delicacy, they are also seasonal and harvested by hand, which makes them an expensive and unreliable food source.
Entomophagy welcome news for cows
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:59 PM
 
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I leik milk.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:09 PM
 
Location: KANSAS
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I think it is all in the way we are raised. If you had eaten them since infancy, you wouldn't think twice about it....same as those who may eat cats or dogs.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Grasshoppers are on my bucket list, but preferably cooked by somebody who knows what they're doing!
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I think I'll pass.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Rattlesnake is better.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Shrimp, crab and lobster are closely related to insects. They're big water bugs.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Shrimp, crab and lobster are closely related to insects. They're big water bugs.
That's like saying humans are closely related to all animals in the phylum Chordata - I don't think you'd have much in common with a sea squirt (another Chordate). Shrimp, crabs, lobsters, and insects are in the same Phylum (Arthropoda) but they diverge from there.

Anyway, back to those grasshoppers. They taste pretty good if prepared correctly (and you take those choking hazard legs off). I don't have a problem eating insects except for grubs - their insides turn into a thick custard when cooked.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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That's like saying humans are closely related to all animals in the phylum Chordata - I don't think you'd have much in common with a sea squirt (another Chordate). Shrimp, crabs, lobsters, and insects are in the same Phylum (Arthropoda) but they diverge from there.

Anyway, back to those grasshoppers. They taste pretty good if prepared correctly (and you take those choking hazard legs off). I don't have a problem eating insects except for grubs - their insides turn into a thick custard when cooked.
Okay, you're the expert.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Okay, you're the expert.
I've eaten quite a few insects - some are great and some are shocking. Look up Giant Water Bug dishes - that's one I can't handle.
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