Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Be healthy, eat bugs!
A Dutch entomologist (bug-scientist) claims he's seen the future of cuisine -- and it's bugs. As in buffalo worms, locusts, caterpillars, crickets, etc.
Insect edibles are already a common source of protein in Mexico (e.g. Oaxaca's chipulines), Japan, Africa, Thailand (plump deep-fried worms -- I think they're silkworms -- sold in every marketplace, and eaten like potato chips). They're now appearing in various disguises in Dutch supermarkets and restaurants -- in the form of such items as mealworms in chocolate, "Bug Nuggets," and crispy whole crickets (like Mexico's chipulines). The Dutch scientist promoting this cuisine points out that it's only as we grow up that we develop a distaste for bugs -- kids have no problem eating them along with detachable plastic parts of their toys, etc.
Ecological and health benefits could be huge. The protein punch is healthier than steak and easy on the earth. And yey -- no more graden bug spray. You just gather 'em and saute 'em.