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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 21:43

I never would have thought that I could use the term “ant farm” so literally. But Farm 432 is doing just that with their DIY larva growing system, expecting farmers to eat the ‘fruits’ of their labors. While the average American may be hesitant to snack on a centipede or bite a beetle, cuisines in other countries like Thailand, Mexico, and China, all feature insects.  And in a culture where people are increasingly obsessed with going back to the natural roots of their food, insect farming seems like the next logical progression.  

Designer Katharina Unger highly recommends the new system, writing on her website, “Farm 432 enables people to turn against the dysfunctional system of current meat production by growing their own protein source at home. After 432 hours, 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs turn into 2.4 kilogram of larvae protein, larvae that self-harvest and fall clean and ready to eat into a harvest bucket. This scenario creates not only a more sustainable future of food production, but suggests new lifestyles and food cultures.”

A report from the UN encouraged people to eat more insects, noting that over 2 billion people worldwide already used bugs in their diets and could serve as a nutritious alternative to those suffering from malnutrition, particularly children

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:11

I will gladly let others have my portion. I'm not selfish.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:23

I'd like to "farm" dragonflies, if only for all the mosquitoes we have out here. :pinch:



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 02:35

oh boy I better run and get one RIGHT NOW!!!!

 

 



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:14

When my uncle, a former Navy UDT (WW-2 version of a SEAL), taught all the cousins survival skills part of the lesson was cooking / eating grubs, grasshoppers, ants, etc. as well ss worms, snakes, frogs, and lizards. Not too bad, I still have a fondness for frog $ snake meat, and the big white grubs are rather nutty & sweet.

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:22

I will gladly donate my lifetimes supply of bug burgers to anyone who wants them.  :x



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:28

some insects are perfectly edible, while some not.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:36

Ants larvae and eggs are quite delicious if prepared right. Cant believe how spoiled some people are.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:41

Ants larvae and eggs are quite delicious if prepared right. Cant believe how spoiled some people are.

 

How is feeling ill at the idea of eating a certain thing, spoiled?  People in some parts of China eat dog, and even consider -that- to be delicious.  Will you chow down on a poodle?



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:43

How is feeling ill at the idea of eating a certain thing, spoiled?

 

Because the mere idea of feeling ill at the idea is just like capitalist minimalism: A bourgeois whim.

 

Food is food.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:15

Because the mere idea of feeling ill at the idea is just like capitalist minimalism: A bourgeois whim.

 

Food is food.

 

I just couldn't eat anymore kangaroo testicles. The weird part is, now I can't get enough of them.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:18

I just couldn't eat anymore kangaroo testicles. The weird part is, now I can't get enough of them.

 

Never knew you could eat them. Good to know.

 

Here in Mexico many places serve either horse or bull's testicles.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:39

Because the mere idea of feeling ill at the idea is just like capitalist minimalism: A bourgeois whim.

 

Food is food.

 

Bull.

 

It's the society you grow up in which dictates the sort of things that may or may not turn your stomach when it comes to food, capitalism has bugger all to do with it,



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:48

I think I'll stick to eating plants.  :)



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:52

I always laugh when this news comes out...people saying eww and feeling ill...They're not just going to throw you a bowl of bugs and say "there you go chow down" Just like all food types they taste fine mixed and im 99% sure if insects got added to your favourite dishes you'd be none the wiser. Im 100% behind this movement  and think the quicker we solve problems of hunger the better.