Could Survival Mean Eating Bug Nuggets?

An article in the September 2011 issue of “The Atlantic” magazine called “Bug Nuggets” describes the latest efforts to make eating insects fashionable. Are you ready for freeze dried locusts or mealworm quiche?

Insects are touted as much more eco friendly than meat producing livestock. And there’s definitely no shortage of them. Scientists and chefs are trying to make bugs more palatable.

As things are now, we probably eat more insects than we realize. The government restricts the amount of insect parts in your corn flakes, but it’s impossible to eliminate them all. And if memory serves, there’s a red food coloring made from parts of a South American beetle.

Every now and then we see articles like the one I mentioned above from “the Atlantic.” And when I see one, I have to wonder. Are we being conditioned for a peasant lifestyle in which we’ll have to scrounge for pill bugs and grasshoppers to survive?

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.

4 thoughts on “Could Survival Mean Eating Bug Nuggets?”

  1. John,
    I believe the red food coloring you referred to is cochineal. The Bible, in the law of Moses allows eating of insects. As you have posted, we are one stage from eating insects when we eat eggs and meat from poultry that are fed insects. I am glad you brought this issue to our attention.

    1. Gerald, Thanks for your thoughts. Knowing God puts His blessing on eating insects is noteworthy. We’re generally put off by the idea. Over the past 150 years or so we’ve developed some peculiar ideas about what’s clean and healthful to eat. That’s no doubt why there’s an effort to “dress up” eating insects in some gourmet fashion. Processed convenience foods seem cleaner, until you research what goes into making them. The detrimental health impact of our modern eating habits continues to grow as well.

    1. Under desperate circumstances we each might do things, like eat insects, which we wouldn’t dream of doing now. I think the attempt to put bugs in gourmet recipes is one way to get people used to the idea ahead of such desperate circumstances.

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