Consider Eating Insects for Survival

It appears that even the mainstream media wants you to consider eating insects. Survival may not quite be what they have in mind though.

The September 2010 “National Geographic” included an item called “Crawly Cuisine” on eating insects. Reportedly the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is working on a policy to promote eating insects throughout the world.

Insects are nutritious, and the “National Geographic” piece includes a nutrition table for a few bugs. Insects can also be “farmed” more cheaply and on less land.

Several questions come to mind. While it’s reported that over a thousand insect species are already included in diets in places like Mexico and Thailand, what’s really going on in the heads of the U.N. F.A.O.?

Is this about saving the planet? Is it really about food security in a supposedly growing population? Or are we being warmed up or conditioned for deliberate famine and deprivation?

Regardless of their intentions or motivation, it behooves those of us prepping for survival to consider the possibility we may indeed have to eat insects one day. It beats the alternative.

And in case you’re curious, a 100 gram serving of small grasshoppers contains 153 calories, 6.1 grams of fat, 20.6 grams of protein and 3.9 grams of carbs, plus a little iron, phosphorus and calcium.

A DVD called Eating the Uneatable is a 52 minute documentary on the insect and wildlife diet of those in Yunnan Province in Southern China. It’s said to be tastefully done. (Sorry, unavoidable bad pun there.)

To discover how insects can be part of your diet and even used for medicinal purposes, click on the DVD’s title–Eating the Uneatable–and order from the page that appears.

Would you eat insects if it meant the difference between staying alive or dying?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.