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Just the cricket: Eating insects is good for us and for the environment, scientists claim
Thisislondon ^

Posted on 06/02/2008 2:54:54 PM PDT by newbie2008

It might be a while before they appear on the shelf at Tesco.

But scientists claim adding insects to our diet would be good for us and the environment.

Crunching into crickets or snacking on grilled caterpillar is apparently a means to a nutrient-rich diet that also helps reduce pests and puts less strain on the planet than eating conventional meat.

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Some insects in their dried form are said to have twice the protein of raw meat and fish, while others are rich in unsaturated fat and contain important vitamins and minerals.

Experts believe they could one day be marketed as a healthy alternative to fatty snacks.

In most of Europe, bug-eating is largely restricted to the belated realisation that there has been an unwelcome addition to the salad.

It is common elsewhere, however, with some 1,700 species of bug eaten in 113 countries.

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1 posted on 06/02/2008 2:54:54 PM PDT by newbie2008
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To: newbie2008

envirowackos want us to eat bugs


2 posted on 06/02/2008 2:57:41 PM PDT by newbie2008 (http://www.google.com/reader/shared/11513180806521029900)
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To: newbie2008

Why not.


3 posted on 06/02/2008 2:58:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

You first.


4 posted on 06/02/2008 2:59:46 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: newbie2008

Then I guess I’m ahead of the game—I get a bug or two a day when I ride my bike home from work, depending on the season. :D Ew.


5 posted on 06/02/2008 2:59:46 PM PDT by republicanequestrian
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To: newbie2008

Those scientists may be right for all I know. Of course, I believe I’ll have to pass on this one. I think I’ll stick to my current diet.


6 posted on 06/02/2008 3:00:28 PM PDT by VOR78
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To: newbie2008

Yum!!

7 posted on 06/02/2008 3:02:32 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
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To: newbie2008
...helps reduce pests and puts less strain on the planet than eating conventional meat....

So I'm to give up my 8 oz Porterhouse (medium rare) to eat insects?

...with some 1,700 species of bug eaten in 113 countries.

Probably because they don't have a 8 oz Porterhouse to eat

8 posted on 06/02/2008 3:03:49 PM PDT by Popman
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To: newbie2008

Once heard that in military survival school you have to eat some earthworms. Any truth to that?


9 posted on 06/02/2008 3:05:19 PM PDT by scan59 (Markets regulate better than government can.)
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To: republicanequestrian

Well my dear big liberal husband consumed in Beijing: on a stick - deep fried scorpion and cricket - triple hurl and yuck alert - me, his sane conservative wife would rather have chipped beef on toast./Just Asking - seoul62.......


10 posted on 06/02/2008 3:05:55 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: newbie2008

Will the scientists put their money where their mouths are?


11 posted on 06/02/2008 3:07:18 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: newbie2008
Experts believe they could one day be marketed as a healthy alternative to fatty snacks.

Sorry Johnny, Mommy stopped buying these nasty chocolate cupcakes so you can have this tasty dried cricket on a stick.

Yeah, right

12 posted on 06/02/2008 3:08:55 PM PDT by Popman
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To: nickcarraway
because with the carbon cap and trade,new gas taxes and green fuels,we will gladly feast on whatever we can to survive,it will be the cheapest for all involved to gnaw on bugs
13 posted on 06/02/2008 3:09:23 PM PDT by coalman (type to slow to be relevant,but I try)
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To: newbie2008

I’m tellin ‘ya, they’re trying it. They want to ban meat! They have a ways to go, but the pace is picking up and fast! Socialism at warp speed — and mandated vegetarianism to boot.

That’s when this unrepentant carnivore goes to Washington complete with torch and pitchfork for a heart-to-heat with our self-styled masters.


14 posted on 06/02/2008 3:11:20 PM PDT by Mugwump
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To: newbie2008
Nothing new to this. When I lived in Laos the Lao would put a bowl of water under light bulbs or lanterns to catch the flying termites that were swarming. Eat them right out of the bowl.
15 posted on 06/02/2008 3:12:53 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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16 posted on 06/02/2008 3:13:10 PM PDT by Popman
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To: nickcarraway

Uh, no.


17 posted on 06/02/2008 3:16:20 PM PDT by brivette
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To: newbie2008

Next they’ll be telling us to eat feces. Just give it time.


18 posted on 06/02/2008 3:19:24 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: newbie2008
People that believe nothing will believe anything..
Maybe MOONBAT is not far from the truth..
19 posted on 06/02/2008 3:21:29 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: scan59

Slimy, yet satisfying.

A kuna matataa.


20 posted on 06/02/2008 3:21:36 PM PDT by kennyboy509 (Ha! I kill me!)
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To: Popman
As a beekeeper, I'm aware there is a market for human consumption of honeybee larva.

Sunrise Land Shrimp

21 posted on 06/02/2008 3:21:48 PM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: newbie2008

Screw these a holes, I am not going to eat bugs. I refuse to be told to eat bugs. If they want to eat bugs.....no bugs....I am losin’ it.

I think the time is near for some serious cleaning out of this country.


22 posted on 06/02/2008 3:22:16 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: newbie2008

No. You can have them all. I’m willing to sacrifice myself for your good nutrition.


23 posted on 06/02/2008 3:23:32 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: seoul62
I saw the "wares" on display in a Penn & Teller show. They were in China.

Rush Limbaugh mentioned this today, and said something about using energy to cook the the bugs.

My thought, when I heard about eating bugs, was a magnifying glass...

24 posted on 06/02/2008 3:25:12 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke
My thought, when I heard about eating bugs, was a magnifying glass...

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Heh. Mine was a shod foot.

25 posted on 06/02/2008 3:26:48 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Heh. The translation of that is “Fast Car”. It is somewhat accurate because seeing that on my plate would be grounds for me to catch the fastest car out of there.


26 posted on 06/02/2008 3:28:41 PM PDT by Killborn (BASH BUSH!! All the COOL kids are doing it!!!! Perfect for people with no logic or reason!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

“Next they’ll be telling us to eat feces. Just give it time.” There was a documentary years ago where some scientists managed to make a flour from human poop - they made some brown biscuits, and readily admitted it worked but the baked items tasted like, well, you know.


27 posted on 06/02/2008 3:30:08 PM PDT by dainbramaged (the Tree of Liberty needs watering)
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To: newbie2008
Meanwhile, life goes on as usual in Louisiana...


28 posted on 06/02/2008 3:33:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: newbie2008

I’d go vegan before I would eat that shit, thank you very much


29 posted on 06/02/2008 3:34:57 PM PDT by SaintDismas (.)
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To: newbie2008

Feed the bugs to the chickens, then eat the eggs the chickens lay.

That is your “free range” poultry farming. Ultimately a recycling plan.

Fly larva (maggots) are especially considered to be delicacies by the chickens. June Bugs are right up there too.

Being the top of the food chain means that some of the creatures below you can go to work on the real nasty critters.


30 posted on 06/02/2008 3:36:13 PM PDT by alloysteel (The Obamajesty exerting its Obamagic. What nirvana, what bliss!)
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To: scan59

yes, along with an assortment of other bugs..

I think discovery(?) channel had a special on once about british special forces applicants..first day in class, they were all seated and were invited to partake of a big plate of scrambled eggs, but no one was allowed to eat until told..once everyone had their plate, the instructor told them one ingredient was missing and told to men to line up at the serving table..the cook opened up a big pot and put a spoonful of worms on the eggs..the men were then expected to clear their plates..separates the men from the boys in a hurry..


31 posted on 06/02/2008 3:36:27 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (www.liberallunacy.bravehost.com..I'm a Patriot Guard Rider. www.patriotguard.org for info.)
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To: newbie2008
Eating insects is good for us and for the environment, scientists claim

But is it good for the bugs?

32 posted on 06/02/2008 3:36:55 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: coalman

OR, we can have another TEA party; and let the Congress critters eat the other yukky critters.


33 posted on 06/02/2008 3:38:06 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Michael Steele for VP)
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To: newbie2008

One kind of locust is kosher.


34 posted on 06/02/2008 3:38:34 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Calvin Locke

As the old saying in Asia goes: anything that moves is eaten./Just Asking - seoul62.........


35 posted on 06/02/2008 3:39:17 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: newbie2008

I think that Californians should be required by law to eat bugs. That’ll cure them.


36 posted on 06/02/2008 3:40:35 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: lafroste
Bingo. And only if they eat one of these critters.
37 posted on 06/02/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT by Killborn (BASH BUSH!! All the COOL kids are doing it!!!! Perfect for people with no logic or reason!)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Not too far-fetched considering that some idiots drink urine for “health benefits”.

Newsflash, morons, your body is trying to get rid of it for a reason!


38 posted on 06/02/2008 3:46:19 PM PDT by Killborn (BASH BUSH!! All the COOL kids are doing it!!!! Perfect for people with no logic or reason!)
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To: newbie2008

Save the environment!! Eat bugs.

Now let them tell me that it tastes good, like tofurkey!


39 posted on 06/02/2008 3:46:40 PM PDT by Southerngl
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To: Joe 6-pack

Mud bugs!


40 posted on 06/02/2008 3:48:03 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Killborn

Profanity warning.


41 posted on 06/02/2008 3:49:18 PM PDT by Killborn (BASH BUSH!! All the COOL kids are doing it!!!! Perfect for people with no logic or reason!)
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To: newbie2008

search is your friend...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2024973/posts


42 posted on 06/02/2008 3:50:39 PM PDT by xcamel (Being on the wrong track means the unintended consequences express train doesnt kill you going by)
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To: newbie2008
No one is stopping these people from eating bugs if they want to.

But if they think I'm gonna start eating bugs just because they think their emotional devotion to the cult of environmentalism gives them the right to tell the rest of us what to do, they can go POUND SAND.


43 posted on 06/02/2008 3:51:44 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: newbie2008

“But scientists claim adding insects to our diet would be good for us and the environment.”

I just thought I’d mention that people with certain food allergies can get very, very sick from eating insects. The chitin in the exoskeletons of cicadas and many species of beetles, for example, can cause a severe reaction in people who are allergic to shellfish.


44 posted on 06/02/2008 3:52:31 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: All
Add soy sauce and enjoy:


45 posted on 06/02/2008 3:52:31 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: newbie2008
I'll take fried crickets over beets anytime.........

I ran away from home at the age of 9 because my mom tried to feed me beets........When I finally returned, they had moved and left no forwarding address........

46 posted on 06/02/2008 3:56:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Three words that make me want to barf: Clinton, Obama, McCain...........;)
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To: Joe 6-pack; newbie2008

I didn’t realize how disgusting crawdads look until I got one on my plate. It looked so much like a nasty bug, I just couldn’t eat it.

As far as bugs go, no way. I wouldn’t have a problem going vegetarian, as I don’t eat much meat, but I couldn’t stomach bugs. I don’t think this idea will get much support in this country. Why eat bugs, unless you’re starving?


47 posted on 06/02/2008 3:56:33 PM PDT by chickpundit
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To: Killborn

“Bingo. And only if they eat one of these critters.”

I saw a nature show about the Bullet Ant a while back. The host allowed himself to be purposely stung on the arm by one just to show the severity of its venom. He said it felt like his entire arm was on fire within minutes, and it stayed that way for hours afterwards.

Fun stuff. o_O


48 posted on 06/02/2008 4:02:49 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: newbie2008
I've been driven just crazy enough that I've been considering the Donner Pass Diet.

"Progressives" are the only menu offering so far.

49 posted on 06/02/2008 4:05:42 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: chickpundit
I didn’t realize how disgusting crawdads look until I got one on my plate. It looked so much like a nasty bug, I just couldn’t eat it.

Shrimp, lobster, crab -- all just aquatic equivalents of insects

50 posted on 06/02/2008 4:14:49 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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