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Grow Your Own Bugs to Eat??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

So just saw this article about growing bugs at home:

http://shopping.yahoo.com/news/farm-432---insect-breeding-on-your-kitchen-counter-214732341.html

Seems pretty darn cool to me, similar to the guy using crickets for protein bars. Do you see any potential downsides to this? Would the taste be terrible?

I know nothing about eating bugs, etc so hoping someone might have some insight. Thanks!

B668f9e9a60a54c01a275a14b68a843e

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on August 21, 2013
at 05:57 PM

Please do; I was serious!

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on August 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Ooooh, there's an idea! I'll try it when my own are grown and let you know.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on August 21, 2013
at 11:02 AM

Eating pets? Just don't name them!

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on August 21, 2013
at 11:00 AM

Tastes like chicken?....

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 20, 2013
at 08:44 PM

ya I wouldn't want to eat ONLY these but and additional 50g/day wouldn't hurt!

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on August 20, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I can eat crickets, but mealworms still give me the heebie jeebies. That's my problem, not theirs. ;-)

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255a7261b67f0c08302e280ea50938fd

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on August 20, 2013
at 10:25 PM

So I'm super interested in this. I just bought a kilo of roasted grasshoppers to experiment with in the kitchen. They were EX-PEN-SIVE. $50... for a kilo... Now compare that to the $10 - 15 per kilo you'd pay for most cuts of beef.

But here's my thought/question. I'm all for the better ecology of producing these guys but imagine a future where we bred these like we do cattle today... We help these guys multiply like crazy. Responsible commercial production. But then we lose containment on them one day. Aren't they famous crop destroyers? So then with our help/interference couldn't they conceivably do more harm than good?

I'd love to hear from a farmer on this.

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on August 20, 2013
at 06:00 PM

I'm in the process of growing my own mealworm farm right now! It's actually super easy. World's lowest-maintenance pets.

This round is my 'breeding stock' so I'm waiting for them to grow up into beetles, and then I'll eat the worms that come from their eggs. So we'll see how it goes!

re: crickets specifically, I thought about it, but they're too loud. So I settled on mealworms instead.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on August 21, 2013
at 11:02 AM

Eating pets? Just don't name them!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 20, 2013
at 06:28 PM

I can eat crickets, but mealworms still give me the heebie jeebies. That's my problem, not theirs. ;-)

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 20, 2013
at 04:27 PM

Potential downside: not full replacement of protein requirements.

432 hours yields 2.4kg of larvae protein. This boils down to 5.3lbs every 2.5weeks, or just about 4.5oz per day.

4.5oz is a nice portion of overall meat requirements. According to this animal feed site, the protein yield from black soldier fly larvae is 40-44% (avg 42%), which would yield about 53g of protein from 4.5oz of meat.

So, overall, that's not too shabby - 53g of protein of day would definitely keep someone that would otherwise be deficient amply stocked. It may not be enough for optimal health, especially for the physically active, but it could be a lower cost and lesser ecological footprint method to get more highly nutritious, animal-sourced protein in the diet.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 20, 2013
at 08:44 PM

ya I wouldn't want to eat ONLY these but and additional 50g/day wouldn't hurt!

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on August 23, 2013
at 04:13 AM

I might give it a try. Smash the stigma!

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B668f9e9a60a54c01a275a14b68a843e

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on August 20, 2013
at 06:14 PM

If mealworms could make a decent burger, I could handle that as a starting point! I can handle bone broth (I eat the soft bones etc) and liver but insects are still off putting.

B668f9e9a60a54c01a275a14b68a843e

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on August 21, 2013
at 05:57 PM

Please do; I was serious!

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 21, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Ooooh, there's an idea! I'll try it when my own are grown and let you know.

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