At Bug Foods we promote bugs as a super-food, rich in protein and ecologically sustainable, appealing to health obsessives and environmentalists alike. In the past few years, a number of start-ups dedicated to entomophagy (the human consumption of bugs), including Exo Protein Bars, Bitty Foods, Aspire Food Group and Hargol FoodTech, have raised millions in venture capital. Silicon Valley offices have been spotted stocking up on snacks and treats based on a “flour” of roasted and pulverised crickets. And the American market for edible insects exceeded $55 million in 2017 and is projected to increase more than 43 percent by 2024, according to the research firm Global Market Insights.
Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren’t they?Jack
I’m not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to mind.
Eating bugs turns up nosesJohn
While the concept of eating bugs turns up noses in the Western world, we’re basically the only ones. Insects are an everyday snack or a traditional delicacy in countries across Asia, Africa and South America. And if edible entomology were explored to its full potential, it could offer sustainable protein to billions while taking pressure off the world’s oceans and animal agriculture