By Kelsey Lee and Kiran Gill
July 8th, 2014
Take a couple of grad students, toss in some crunchy insects, a dash of social media and a whole lot of intrigue and you’ve got yourself a culturally curious concoction waiting to start an interesting dialogue… in western cultures that is. In certain parts of the world, for instance Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, farming insects for human consumption doesn’t seem strange.
According to an announcement by the United Nations (UN) in 2013, over 2 billion people in the world eat insects, bugs, etc. as a source of fiber and protein. The majority of these people participating in what is called entomophagy (eating insects) predominantly reside in Eastern cultures. The statement from the UN encourages westerners to adopt insect farming and insect consumption as a new food practice as the production of edible insects is less intrusive on the environment.