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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:04 PM

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The day when restaurants will serve garlic grasshoppers or beetle larva skewers is getting closer in Costa Rica, where scientists are "growing" insects for human consumption.

Entomologist Manuel Zumbado's research into this alternative food source is inspired by practices in Africa, where insects have long been part of people's diet.

With its rainforests playing host to countless insect species, including thousands that have yet to be identified, Costa Rica is a perfect breeding ground for the work.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:06 PM

I think that if we could take insect protein and nutrition and process it into something that would be emotionally palatable, we could possibly tap into a very large food source and feed a lot of starving people.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:52 PM

EEWWWW!!!  insects :(

thats a very interesting story about the shark and how it tried to eat you, but it still doesnt answer my question.  where the hell is my sandwitch!?

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:38 PM

I bet they would taste like shell fish.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:42 PM

I'd give them a try, how bad could they be right hmmmmm

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:47 PM

see, that's what I'm talking about.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:56 PM

Make em taste like Sour Patch Kids and I'm all over it.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:05 PM

View PostNeognosis, on 04 February 2010 - 04:47 PM, said:

see, that's what I'm talking about.


As long as there cooked and not movin on my plate I'm down for it. I'v always wanted to try tarantula yummm

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:01 PM

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As long as there cooked and not movin on my plate I'm down for it. I'v always wanted to try tarantula yummm  

cool. see, even though i know it is irrational, I don't think I could eat something that looked like an insect. except for crabs and lobsters. but if you processed them into some sort of chip or cracker, and mixed in some other ingredients, I could eat them.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:52 PM

View PostNeognosis, on 04 February 2010 - 07:01 PM, said:

cool. see, even though i know it is irrational, I don't think I could eat something that looked like an insect. except for crabs and lobsters. but if you processed them into some sort of chip or cracker, and mixed in some other ingredients, I could eat them.


I don't know I think I could get past the look and feel the crunch, grasshopper trail mix. I ate an ant when I was 13ish alive and wow was I shocked at how bad a little ant tasted and the taste lasted forever LOL  So I swore off ant's for good LOL

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:02 PM

I would give them a go, One that I would never try is any kind of spider though and of course they arent an insect but I have seen a documentary where some tribesman would cook and eat the goliath bird eating spider, ewwww   :o   I could never do that, I think Neognosis has the right idea just use the high protien from them and make some kind of dish with the benifits right in it, Humans have ate insects for millenia so its nothing new,


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 11:06 PM

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 11:38 AM

I'd try it but I would not like the feeling of all those legs, if there was a way to make a kind of miniature steak that simply looked like a chunk of meat then it would be appealing.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 12:44 PM

I once found half a cockroach baked into a pita bread. Does that count?  :lol:

I also remember reading somewhere that tests had been carried out a wide range of processed foods and it was stated that most processed meals we eat contain insect remains in one form or another. I converted to fresh, locally grown produce after that!  :huh: :huh:  

Whole insects bred and processed specifically for consumption I can live with - but insect REMAINS!!??   :no:

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 01:23 PM

Thought insects were already edible  :unsure2:

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