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Hmmmm... Fried Locusts or Cicada Curry?

15 Jun 2017

As I mentioned earlier in my blog about healthy food, cows and other livestock are polluting the air, depleting our precious rainforests and just being a waste of oxygen and time. Sadly, try telling that to a country that makes, let's say half of its profits form agriculture. (The rest of our profits is the tourism industry. NZ has found some amazing ways to trick tourists into buying honey that costs like, $50 a jar or a NZ T-shirt for around $35.) I saw this show the other day, showing New Zealand's food industry and how farming bugs, yes, bugs to eat would be highly profitable in a decade or so. While the show happened, there was some live survey about eating bugs, and, well, the results weren't great. I'm thinking there is some farming mafia, an inner circle of agriculture extremists who all worked together to shut down the idea that bug farming would replace cattle or sheep farming. Some people said that they wouldn't eat whole bugs, but would eat bug flour, so you could essentially make some nice ravioli and name it, much to your families horror "Cicada Surprise". Mmmmm. Yum.

 

There is a restaurant in my town (a very posh, expensive place, my Mum got a $250 voucher to spend there and still had to pool with some other people, just to scrape together enough for dinner!) that actually makes a dish with bugs in it (pray my Mother did not eat this dish) that looks rather obscure. Honestly, given the choice, I would also much prefer pasta made from bug flour than a whole Cicada or Grasshopper, browned and crispy, sitting in a cute little bowl and always seeming to be looking at you. After Doing some snappy research, I found that these bugs are a good source of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fibers. Also, these cute little guys are pretty tasty (apparently) and are environmentally friendly to raise, with thousands of edible species to choose from, so why not? Already, 2 billion people eat insects as a part of their regular diet. Insects do not need nearly as much food, (take crickets, for example, that need significantly less food than pigs or sheep or cows or chickens to produce the same amount of protein.) are much, much cheaper, maybe even free to farm, making bug farming doable just about anywhere in the world. (Who knows, you might just find some edible bugs in the arctic!) The last point is that insects have a much lower rate of giving diseases to humans, compared to cattle and livestock on the whole. And, they probably don't fart as much as cows, thank goodness.

 

So these are my valid points for why we should invest in bug farming. I hope you enjoyed my blog post! Be sure to subscribe to the BunkBedBlog Mailing List. You'll be the first to know about new posts and any other exciting banter that pops up. Just go to the bottom right of the page and in a couple of clicks, you're in. Thanks for reading people! 

 

 

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