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Environmentalists Want You to Eat Bugs [i.e. Insects]
Front Page Magazine ^ | June 18, 2008 | Tom Purcell

Posted on 06/18/2008 5:12:36 AM PDT by Zakeet

Bugs. They want us to eat bugs.

I speak of a recent article in Time that explains why eating bugs is good for the environment.

As it goes, bugs require "little room and few resources to grow." Bugs are cold-blooded invertebrates, you see. They are efficient. Much more of the grub they eat is converted into edible bug body parts than is the case with our friends the cows.

Cows are warm-blooded vertebrates. They need to consume lots more food just to keep their body temperature steady. Their food is grown on farms. Fossil fuels must be burned to harvest, process and transport it. Farming requires lots of land and water.

"It takes far less water to raise a third of a pound of grasshoppers than the staggering 869 gal. needed to produce the same amount of beef," reports Time.

True, but a hunk of steak is less likely to hop off your plate while you're trying to eat it.

Better yet, bugs are good for us. A 3.5 oz. portion of caterpillars contains 1oz. of protein. That's more than you'd get in the same amount of chicken -- assuming the caterpillars don't try to crawl out of you.

Water bugs have four times as much iron as beef. Of course, you need to be four times as drunk to consume them.

And bugs are tasty. People in other cultures have been enjoying them for years. We narrow-minded Americans wouldn't know that, though. We wouldn't know that chocolate and waxworm cookies are delicious (and I'm not making that one up).

If you find the concept of bug eating amusing -- if you find it icky -- you might want to think again. The way things are headed, you may be eating plenty of bugs soon.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ecology; enviromentalism; envirowhackos; food; greens

Bugs. They want us to eat bugs.

1 posted on 06/18/2008 5:12:36 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I will eat them - if I was on FEAR FACTOR getting a million dollars. Time magazine and Environmentalists, you can have bugs - AT NO CHARGE!!


2 posted on 06/18/2008 5:20:46 AM PDT by EagleandLiberty (Psst... Serious questions Conservatives - want McCain or a Marxist in the White House?)
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To: Zakeet

Unless they take their subsistence from bugs, they have no credibility on the issue.


3 posted on 06/18/2008 5:23:33 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: EagleandLiberty

Since crabs, shrimp and lobsters are really sea bugs, bring ‘em on - the shrimp, crabs, and lobsters.


4 posted on 06/18/2008 5:25:59 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: EagleandLiberty
They want us to eat bugs.

OK....I have a special menu picked out for them and it doesn't take much imagination.

5 posted on 06/18/2008 5:32:47 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Zakeet
And we want environmentalist to eat.........fill in the blank LOL
6 posted on 06/18/2008 5:33:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Zakeet

7 posted on 06/18/2008 5:34:25 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Zakeet

Liberals can consume all the bugs they want.

But they won’t.

They just want us to.


8 posted on 06/18/2008 5:36:51 AM PDT by ryan71 (Typical bitter white gun toter)
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9 posted on 06/18/2008 5:37:55 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Zakeet

10 posted on 06/18/2008 5:37:57 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: ryan71

Liberals are also ‘cold-blooded invertebrates’, but I wouldn’t eat them either!


11 posted on 06/18/2008 5:39:14 AM PDT by NewCenturions (I've got a posthumous crush on Dave Guard)
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To: Zakeet

You already do. What do you think the allowed BMFM (broken matter/foreign material) is in the grain that makes your pasta?


12 posted on 06/18/2008 5:40:26 AM PDT by Dust in the Wind (Praying for Reign)
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To: Zakeet

I meant to say "Let them eat bugs". Can I have my head back now?

13 posted on 06/18/2008 5:42:31 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Thank God for every morning.)
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To: Zakeet

PETA is not going to like this.


14 posted on 06/18/2008 5:48:49 AM PDT by TheRake ("I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me")
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To: Zakeet

PETA is not going to like this.


15 posted on 06/18/2008 5:49:19 AM PDT by TheRake ("I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me")
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To: Zakeet
Mark 1:6 (NIV): John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

We eat shrimp and lobster. They're arthropods, just like insects. An old friend of mine lost his taste for shrimp, when a friend of his convinced him they're just bugs. What did it for him was an article in the paper about some town on the Italian coast that had some sort of a shrimp population explosion, and they dealt with it using insecticides.

16 posted on 06/18/2008 5:56:32 AM PDT by megatherium
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To: Zakeet
True, but a hunk of steak is less likely to hop off your plate while you're trying to eat it.

I'll stick to eating worms...they are easier to catch.
17 posted on 06/18/2008 6:08:38 AM PDT by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: Zakeet

18 posted on 06/18/2008 6:08:43 AM PDT by mirkwood (susan collins (rino-maine) against a flaming obama supporter this fall. I'm lost.)
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To: Zakeet
Live in trees and eat bugs....



Now that's Progressive!
19 posted on 06/18/2008 6:27:12 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: mirkwood

LOL!


20 posted on 06/18/2008 6:27:30 AM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: Zakeet
Now the Klingons. They know how to eat!
21 posted on 06/18/2008 6:32:11 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (")
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To: Zakeet

In the mid-1950s, there was a fad, for awhile, of serving french-fried grasshoppers and chocolate-covered ants at cocktail parties. A friend of mine served some left over from a party her parents had. Actually, they weren’t bad until you found out what they were. The grasshoppers tasted like french fried onions and the ants tasted like chocolate-covered raisins. It was the yuck factor that made us wince.


22 posted on 06/18/2008 6:48:03 AM PDT by reformedliberal (Capitalism is what happens when governments get out of the way.)
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To: Zakeet
Environmentalists Want You to Eat Bugs

I used to do this when I was two years old ... usually had some dirt for dessert.

23 posted on 06/18/2008 6:55:51 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Zakeet

Ummm... No thanks. I’m a vegetarian.


24 posted on 06/18/2008 7:50:26 AM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Barak Obama: An American African, Not An African-American. (There is a Difference.))
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To: Zakeet

When you can fillet an ant I am in. Until then I will stick with cows and chickens.


25 posted on 06/18/2008 7:54:09 AM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Zakeet
Mud bugs are pretty good.

Crawfish etouffé?

Boiled in a spicy liquid.

Suck the head, pinch the tail.

26 posted on 06/18/2008 7:54:59 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Zakeet
There's nothing wrong with bugs, if that's your thing.

I've eaten a few while in Southeast Asia.
They're not that bad but there are few that are good.

Just because Americans don't typically eat bugs doesn't mean they aren't a good source of food.

27 posted on 06/18/2008 8:00:35 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Zakeet

"Slimy, yet satisfying."

28 posted on 06/18/2008 8:05:58 AM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: Zakeet
I've eaten escargot once and it was pretty amazing.

In Central America, the guide had us try tiny termites which tasted just like they said he would -- like carrot. They were really pretty good.

29 posted on 06/18/2008 8:17:09 AM PDT by SeafoodGumbo
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To: Zakeet

Enviro-wackos don’t just want us to eat bugs, they want to change our whole way of life. They would like all of us to live in huge cities inside little boxes. No cars, no motocycles, no lawnmowers (because you’d have no lawn to mow inside your little 12x12 cubicle) or other internal combustion engines. In short they would like to warehouse us all in strictly controlled conditions. Because at heart most of them are fascists.


30 posted on 06/18/2008 11:53:11 AM PDT by driftless2
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