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Scientists: Humans to Eat Bug Hot Dogs

Appetizing right?

Wait wait wait, aren’t bugs already in hot dogs?

If you’re a fan of Frasier, you’ll remember an episode where Martin gets sick while he is supposed to be at a school safety assembly.  Niles fills in for him and tells the kids about hygiene and food safety.

Niles says this, “Well, I can’t leave without mentioning our friend, the hot dog.  Or perhaps it should be called “hot parasitic cysts, insect fragments, general grit, and rodent droppings.” Thank you” (episode transcript here).

Now scientists are saying that this is the plan of the future.  What was once a violation of food standards of decency, promulgated by our federal government, is now the perfect source of a high protein diet.

The New York Post ran a story earlier today about this.

“Food scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia are incorporating insects such as maggots and locusts into a range of specialty foods, including sausage, as well as formulating sustainable insect-based feeds for the livestock themselves.”

“An overpopulated world is going to struggle to find enough protein unless people are willing to open their minds, and stomachs, to a much broader notion of food,” says meat science professor Dr. Louwrens Hoffman. “Would you eat a commercial sausage made from maggots? What about other insect larvae and even whole insects like locusts? The biggest potential for sustainable protein production lies with insects and new plant sources.”

Aside from the fact that we aren’t facing an overpopulation crisis, rather a depopulation crisis, these scientists are forgetting one simple things: it just sounds gross.

Aren’t there enough animals in between cows, chicken, and insects? Can’t we try a platypus first? Maybe a sparrow? 

And before we debate whether we should eat crow, couldn’t we try cloning livestock some more?  Just make a bunch of clones that can reproduce and then we don’t even have to worry about eating bugs.

If it does come to that, we have the twitter advice of David Burge.

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