- Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:27 am
Personally I don't see people in the west ever eating ants, or insects as food, on a regular basis. Unless companies get on board and decide they can make massive profits from it by saturating us with advertising on why we need insects. Even in countries where insects are traditionally eaten, in the rest of the developing world, an obsession with western culture is causing a shift away from eating insects, especially in China.
Insects are covered in hard exoskeleton, which is not exactly something you want to be eating at every meal. Picking out legs and pieces of exoskeleton out of my teeth after every meal doesn't sound like my idea of a satisfying meal. Plus I am unsure how healthy it would be to eat such high protein food, that has high amounts of exoskeleton, at every meal.
I guess insects are more environmentally friendly to produce, use less water and land etc. But for a kilo of ants as opposed to a kilo of beef, you have thousands of lives being lost as opposed to one. There are different ways to look at things other than from a merely environmental perspective.
I also am not particularly fond of the idea of eating an animal whole, digestive tract and all. We don't eat mammals whole. So why eat insects whole.
Personally I am not convinced by the notion of insects as food becoming main stream. To me it seems like every other industry, something we don't necessarily need, but is being pushed onto us by people wanting to make money.
Also I get tired of the '80% of countries eat insects' figure they use to justify why we need to eat insects. Everyone seems to have forgotten peoples and cultures are different, and that's ok.
What amazes me is how cheap these Leafcutter queens are as opposed to how much they go for alive. Also it surprises me people are so quick to eat the queens, as when you see the potential they have to create an entire colony consisting of their own babies, of the promise of new life they bring, you have to wonder how people can not be fascinated by that, and instead only see them as food. When you consider most queens have about a 90% mortality rate it's almost a luxury and indulgence to consume them as food.