paper band at the top of ketchup bottles today is a carry-over from
the days when food processing was not as effective as it is today.
Back then, that band was necessary to conceal the layer of bug parts
that would inevitably rise to the surface of the ketchup.
Even today, the
FDA allows a percentage of bugs and/or bug parts in most of our
foods. This happens because the FDA recognizes two facts: that those
bug parts will do us no harm; and that food manufacturers could
not possibly ensure that there are no bug parts at all in our food
Lumbermen in early
Maine ate carpenter ants, supposedly to prevent scurvy.
Workers in Chinese
silk factories, after boiling the silkmoth cocoons to remove the
silk for further processing, are able to take the pupae home for
dinner. And often they do.
A total of six arthropods
are mentioned a total of 68 times in the Bible. At least one insect
is considered kosher; both names given in Leviticus (11:21-23) are
Mopane (the caterpillars
of a moth species) are a huge industry in numerous African countries.
Many tons of the caterpillars are harvested, processed, and sold
in markets or by the truckload.
One attractive feature
of insects is how well they convert food into energy, and also into
consumable material. Their ECI index is much, much higher than that
addition to raising your own food-insect supply [it's quite easy]
or catching from the wild, there are numerous stores in various
American cities [Providence RI is but one example] that sell frozen
insects from Thailand and other countries in SE Asia.
There are many accounts
of the ways that indigenous peoples gathered insects for food. In
almost every instance, the abundance of the bugs and the methods
used made this kind of food-gathering much more efficient than any
other kind of hunting or farming.
There are already
cricket farms in this country, which raise these and other insects
for the pet trade. They turn out tons of insects per week. Since
we know that these bugs can be good food for humans, just think
about what a difference this kind of food supply could make for
Consider the possibilities!
All you have to lose is your own prejudices!!
- The Eat-A-Bug
Cookbook by David George Gordon (Ten Speed Press, San Francisco,
- Man Eating
Bugs, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio (Ten Speed Press,
San Francisco, CA)