Video Post: Why Eat Insects?

The entomophagy community is growing, and as a consequence, there are plenty of really great videos floating around that introduce the benefits the West is currently missing out on. Here are just a few to start you off.

“Should we eat bugs?” (4:51) – What’s tasty, abundant and high in protein? Bugs! Although less common outside the tropics, entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, was once extremely widespread throughout cultures. You may feel icky about munching on insects, but they feed about 2 billion people each day (Mmm, fried tarantulas). They also hold promise for food security and the environment. Emma Bryce makes a compelling case for dining on bugs.

“Why you should eat bugs” (13:31) – Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. Craig taste tests some bug dishes and learns about the benefits of eating our six-legged friends. Should you be eating bugs? Is eating bugs better for the environment? Are bugs good for us? The guys from The Good Stuff have made this great introduction to entomophagy for the sceptics among us.

“Why eating insects makes sense” (02:10) – The world’s population is projected to reach 11 billion by the end of the century. Feeding that many people will be a challenge, and it is further complicated by the impact of climate change on agriculture. That is why some people advocate an unusual way to boost the food supply and feed people sustainably: by eating less meat, and more insects. The Economist gives a concise summary of the issues and benefits involved in entomophagy.

“Should we all be eating insects?” (03:05) – the guys from AsapSCIENCE put together this really informative animation, followed by a video (08:36) of them actually trying out the bugs for themselves!

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