March 7 2019

Let Them Eat Bugs: Save the Planet and Mother Gaia

Save the planet … eat bugs! This was the long and short message of a recent article posted at wired.com…

Save the planet … eat bugs! This was the long and short message of a recent article posted at wired.com – a feature story that touted the consumption of those lovely critters we typically swat as being a key to improving our environment. O.K., admittedly the authors weren’t saying it’ll “save the planet” per se, but at least lemurs – you know, those cutesy monkey-like critters from Africa’s Madagascar.

According to the article, conservationists and researchers have “spent the last few years developing a program to encourage the people of Madagascar to re-embrace bugs as a source of protein. That in turn could relieve pressure on endangered lemurs, which hunters target for bushmeat.”

Thus, the simple message is: If the good folks of Madagascar can just suck it up and eat more bugs, like they used to before they went all lemur meat crazy, there will be a lot more of these animals jumping about in the trees overtop their heads.

O.K., call me simple, but to my way of thinking the solution seems rather obvious: Instead of putting lemurs in the cooking pot, how about trying something different (and not endangered) like, say, cattle, pigs and chickens? Nope. Silly me. The Greens have what they believe is the perfect solution. Eat bugs.

At the risk of being a Debbie-downer, this whole idea seems like a stretch. I’m not sure that short of a gun to the head – especially in the developed West – most people will go rushing to their local diners for caterpillars, ants, and crickets. And with all the modern conservation techniques that have been used to rescue other animals – like bison, alligators, elephants and whales – there’s clearly better ways to protect lemurs in Madagascar.

It’s unlikely that bugs will be the preference of most, especially if another option is a nice Rib Eye. The author of the wired.com article claims that the locals frequently did, in the past (and still in rural areas today), eat bugs. However, he then goes on to remark that this was typically done “in times of need.”

What makes this article a bit of an eye-roller is that it isn’t really about just touting the wonders of eating bugs, it’s about replacing “red meat,” a typical target of the Green Left. To them, red meat is about as big of an environmental villain as there is (no disrespect to plastic straws).

Why? Because red meat naturally, requires cows – and as every environmentally-correct person knows bovine farts are responsible for creating a climate catastrophe. Cows also drink a lot of water and need space to roam about – space which could be used for something much more ecologically important – like either lemurs in Madagascar or, even better yet, giant solar or wind farms that can chew up miles of wildlife habitat over here.

This attack on red meat has gotten a bit crazy. Recently a member of the British Parliament actually wanted to tax red meat eaters to save the planet from climate change. When I heard about this British proposal being discussed, I thought it was just a bit over-the-top. But apparently it doesn’t go far enough. Now they want us … to eat bugs. (Read More)

Entomophagy: giving up meat and eating bugs can help save the planet

Edible insects come in all shapes and sizes. Ants that burst with honey as you bite into them. Giant hornet pupae that melt like cream on your tongue. Beetle larvae that leave a smoky taste in your mouth. And those are just the ones that can be eaten raw, reports the Independent.

It sounds amazingly delicious, doesn’t it?

The Independent goes on to write, ‘Yet today’s dominant global food culture does not embrace insects. Disgust, apprehension and charged curiosity are all common reactions.’

Oh, the horrors, how could we?

‘Media coverage tends to reflect this, with echoes of the excitement of taboo: never quite certain how to tread the line between eagerly urging us to try insect cuisine and squirming at the prospect of a mouthful of bugs.’

Ptui!

‘As dinner party treats go, they’re quite the talking point. Serve delicately simmered wasp larvae to your guests and they’ll be buzzing about it for months. Or follow Angelina Jolie’s advice. She told us last year that “you start with crickets and a beer”, a tempting invitation that did a great deal for the public image of edible insects. Justin Timberlake has also hopped on board. He served “ants coated in black garlic and rose oil and grasshoppers” at his latest album launch.’

‘But there’s more to this than celebrity endorsement: we are told edible insects might save us from ourselves. We’re living in a world that we’ve destabilized: sea levels are rising, global temperatures are soaring, biodiversity is declining, and inequality is deepening.’

‘Edible insects are hoped to be a turning point in this somber storyline, because of their role in challenging the meat industry. The farming and processing of animal livestock is destroying wild nature and releasing thousands of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. It’s expanding daily, all to feed a population that is growing in number, in size, and in desire for meat.’ (Read More)