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by Gilda Davidian

My 8-year-old nephew Paul and I drove to Hollywood last weekend to participate in the Bug Fest hosted by Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Daniella shared information on the benefits of eating bugs (also known as entomophagy) and served a variety for tasting – including scorpions, tarantula, beetles, grasshoppers, dragonflies, crickets, mealworms, and stinkbugs. Daniella explained how insects are the most environmentally-efficient animal protein source on the planet. I tried a dragonfly per my nephew’s request. It was deep fried and crunchy and a little disturbing. The experience was fun and informational and one that I won’t be forgetting for a while.

Interesting facts:
– 80% of the world’s cultures eat insects.
– Most edible insect species are highly nutritious.
– It is up to 20 times more efficient to raise insect protein than beef.
– The FDA allows a certain amount of insect matter to be present in most commercial foods.

Entomophagy / Edible insects / Recipes