Insects : The Original White Meat

2071 WordsDec 7, 20149 Pages
Does the thought of eating bugs make you cringe? I hate to break this to you, but you 've probably eaten thousands of bugs in your lifetime. In fact, you’ve probably eating a few this in week alone. Janet Raloff, a supporter of entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects, points out in her article “Insects: The Original White Meat”, that the “FDA rules allow up to 60 insect fragments on average in a composite of six 100-gram chocolate samples. For peanut butter, it 's OK to have up to 30 insect pieces per 100 grams” (Raloff). Basically, there are insect particles in all of our processed foods. On top of that, insects are used in food coloring and even in lip products such as lipstick. This is nothing to be grossed out by. The human species have been eating bugs as a way of life for hundreds of thousands of years, and it has served us quite well. Edible insects will change the world because of the positive effects they will have on the economy, the environment, and most importantly the global food supply and the health our population. The idea of eating insects is not a new one. In fact, insects played a key role in human evolution. Our primate ancestors relied on insects as a fall-back food during the harsher seasons, such as winter and droughts. The difficulty of collecting insects required both creativity and problem-solving skills, and these helped to ignite encephalization, which is an increase in brain size and complexity. Higher level of cognitive function and

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