Friday, September 16, 2011

Please Pass The Maggots

I am a fan of Heifer International. 

If you don't know what that is, go here:

I used to give them my money (well, actually Mr. Fun's money) but they have gotten too commercialized as well as we are giving some money to the Indian Widow Project.

Regarding Heifer, I get their quarterly magazine.  This week it arrived, sharing all the inspiring stories of goats, pigs and trees making a difference in the world.  Who knew that a cow could do such a cool thing?


There was an article about utilizing the world's natural resources that we tend to overlook as food:

Look, an after school snack

That's right.  Bugs.

June beetles.  Crickets.  Silk worms.  Terminites.  Palm weevels.  Mealworms.  Weaver Ants.

There are 1,700 types of edible bugs on this planet.  And because I always started this blog to share a little of me and more of stories you might not have heard in the mainstream media, I think this is the perfect place to share it.

Did you know that the United Nations Food program is seriously stepping up efforts to include edible insects in the world food options.  The article said the population is supposed to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, and insects have what is called "attractive sustainability profiles."  

What is an "attractive sustainability profile" in the bug world?

They require less space for living, water, and feed.  They produce less waste.  Look at this lady space at all.

An amateur chef in New York said the following:  "I host brunch or dinner parties with wax worm fritters and everyone wants to try them." 

Yeah, right.  Hey, friend, save yourself a stamp and don't mail an invite to me.

They says that insect indulging is falling in style in the West, but out of style in the developing Eastern countries. Catch that?  Countries that actually have been using bugology as lunch are now developing and figuring out there are tastier things to eat.

(sunday dinner this week in Andersonville)

Of the whole article, here was the best part:
A Taster's Guide to the Bug Equivalant
If you like maggots
If you like locuts
If you like fried witchetty grubs
If you like weaver ant larvae
If you like wax worms
If you like black witch moth larvae

And in case this hasn't "bugged" you enough:

He looks he's read this article, too.  :)