A new BBC Four documentary sees presenter Stefan Gates trying to discover whether eating insects could save the world. Helena Goodrich gives ten reasons why this might just be true.
Can Eating Insects Save the World is a new documentary in which food writer and self-confessed gastronaut Stefan Gates travel to Cambodia and Vietnam, to discover whether eating insects can save the world. This programme asks us to consider whether we would be willing to make bugs part of our regular diet. But if you’re not convinced, here are ten reasons why we should…
1. Insects could be the solution to world hunger. There are forty tons of insects to every human, that’s more than enough for an ongoing "all you can eat" insect buffet.
2. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation are taking this idea seriously. They are planning to hold a world congress on it later this year.
3. They are naturally sustainable. Mealworms, for example, survive on waste wheat chaff rather than guzzling grain like our favourite meat sources.
4. It is easy to farm them on a large scale without damaging the environment.
5. They provide unusual flavours and textures. In the documentary, Stefan Gates enthuses about the “lemony sourness” of red ants paired with the “creaminess of their eggs”.
6. They are highly nutritious. Caterpillars, for example, provide more protein and more iron than the same quantity of minced beef.
7. Many other countries are already eating insects. Cambodians eat tarantulas, in Thailand they deep fry crickets. The UK are way behind.
8. There are over 1,000 varieties of insects edible to humans. Surely there’s something for everyone.
9. British Mexican restaurant Wahaca has already started experimenting. They are currently selling chilli-fried grasshoppers.
10. There is a distinct lack of emotional attachment - unless you were particularly taken with A Bug’s Life.
I see the point and willing to try, for good. I think insects are a natural food, though look disgusting to the domesticated human being.
I have got even bigger tarantulas here but local people cannot tell if edible or not.
They are already too civilized..
What about you guys?