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Old 05-12-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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What will we eat?

There have been some threads lately regarding food and an aging population, so when I saw this I thought it might ease some concerns. Making insects delectable for Western palates (Wired UK)

Insects represent a new source of food for the masses, and there are groups out there working hard to develop recipes and flavor combinations. The advantages are numerous, insect protein is much more efficient that the wasteful stuff we currently consume.

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A glassed-in box contains Black Soldier Flies, which are fed on organic waste -- the everyday vegetable and meat cuttings you'd dump in your food bin (though Ađalsteinsson is researching whether seaweed can also do the trick). The greedy flies become rich in fat and protein, says Ađalsteinsson, then they can be "harvested for human consumption". Their waste produces a "nutrient-rich soil" that is drained into compost canisters to be used in spice production. Spicy. "This idea of a wasteless production will hopefully inspire others to rethink linear production, which produces great amounts of waste and unused byproducts," Ađalsteinsson explains.
So, those folks worried about a Soylent Green future can now rest easily.
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Old 05-12-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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So, those folks worried about a Soylent Green future can now rest easily.
I feel so much better now. Flies seasoned with fly poop. Yum!

Reasonably, rationally, logically, I know it is a possibility. I just can't see DW ever getting past the yuck factor though. But if one gets hungry enough....
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I can probably eat worms or crickets. But...there's no way I could eat a cockroach.
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Those vegans are on to something.
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Those flies are already in our sausage, yum!
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I saw the guy from Chapul Energy Bars on Shark Tank.

The Original Cricket Energy Bar

Protein bars made from crickets. I suspect, with time, this guy will have a successful product. Marc Cuban partnered with him.
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Bugs, organ meat, whole sardines, what's for dinner.

Edible insects and bugs food for sale online
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When I went to the Navy's survival school, I learned that you can eat anything that walks, crawls, swims or flies -- and when you get hungry enough, you will.
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Be careful at the ethnic restaurant - you want flies with that ?
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Flies? Who wants that? You will have to floss out the little legs and wings off your teeth. Additionally, it is not environmentally efficient compared to eating larvae. Yes, siree, it's larvae that we want.

I read the linked article, and indeed the author was talking about larvae. I also link in a photo so everyone can see why we do not want to eat adult flies, but their babies.

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Bugs, organ meat, whole sardines, what's for dinner.

Edible insects and bugs food for sale online

I've always said I'll try any food once. So far in life, I've stayed true to that. I plan to continue, but I have a problem. The best sounding entree, BBQ flavor 4 bug kebab, is out of stock, guess I'll have to wait.
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a nice fat fly wrapped in seaweed, topped with nutrient-rich soil with a sprig of dandelion for effect. YUM!
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I've had chocolate covered ants and crickets. The thing tasted like a Nestlé's crunch bar.
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Here is another one Soylent Recipes - Popular soylent recipes and tips A product designed by an GA Tech grad who was looking for healthy nutritional food that had limited interruption to his life. This is what happens when an engineer creates a recipe rather than a chef.
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Flies? Who wants that? You will have to floss out the little legs and wings off your teeth. Additionally, it is not environmentally efficient compared to eating larvae. Yes, siree, it's larvae that we want.
"Li believes he could become the industry’s world leader and ensure a 60% return on investment."

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Gastronomically speaking, this flies in the face of reason.
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Well I think it is a good idea. It will free up other (ex)foods for biofuels without the fuss about driving up food prices.
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Gastronomically speaking, this flies in the face of reason.
That's just wrong.
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