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Has anybody here considered the benefits of replacing cattle and hog farming with grasshoppers?

Why do I have to go to a local annual insect showcase to eat a cookie with a meal-worm protein boost? It was a good cookie, anyone would have enjoyed it.

I'm not fascinated by insects like I am by other animals, but they're totally worth their nutritional weight. If you can't beat em, eat em.
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Has anybody here considered the benefits of replacing cattle and hog farming with grasshoppers?

Why do I have to go to a local annual insect showcase to eat a cookie with a meal-worm protein boost? It was a good cookie, anyone would have enjoyed it.

I'm not fascinated by insects like I am by other animals, but they're totally worth their nutritional weight. If you can't beat em, eat em.


I've thought about it but I don't think enough people receptive to this idea exist right now to make it worthwhile. I think we should each take steps to stop perpetuating the irrational fear of insects.

I don't know why but this makes me remember getting into a silly argument with someone in college who didn't believe that insects are animals. What else would they be? Plants? Minerals? I gave up after like 20 minutes and the guy probably still thinks insects are not animals.
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morechunch wrote:

Has anybody here considered the benefits of replacing cattle and hog farming with grasshoppers?

Why do I have to go to a local annual insect showcase to eat a cookie with a meal-worm protein boost? It was a good cookie, anyone would have enjoyed it.

I'm not fascinated by insects like I am by other animals, but they're totally worth their nutritional weight. If you can't beat em, eat em.


I've thought about it but I don't think enough people receptive to this idea exist right now to make it worthwhile. I think we should each take steps to stop perpetuating the irrational fear of insects.

I don't know why but this makes me remember getting into a silly argument with someone in college who didn't believe that insects are animals. What else would they be? Plants? Minerals? I gave up after like 20 minutes and the guy probably still thinks insects are not animals.


Hahaha, well, college is where you start learning, I guess.

I have a vegan friend who says he would eat bugs if it was an option. He's vegan because he doesn't like animal treatment or the agricultural aspects of farming, and he doesn't press anybody to join him.

Good dude, somebody at work brought him a cup of coffee with creamer in it without thinking and he drank some of it anyway, saying he's not trying to be that kind of vegan. Also, if he orders a burrito with no sour cream and it comes with sour cream anyway, he's disappointed, but he still eats lunch.

At the same time, I'm not that kind of bug advocate. They're interesting, but I don't really want them in my house. If I see one inside, the species isn't being sneaky enough to survive in my environment, I will be the environmental factor to help the sneaky ones pass on their genetic material. Outside, I will take efforts to not step on them if they are on the sidewalk and not smash them if they crawl on me. Totally arbitrary and unfair of me.
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As long as it's not OMG KILL ALL THINGS WITH MORE THAN FOUR LEGS IN THE WORLD!1!!!1ONE!!11

There are a surprising number of people like that. And since people generally tend to fear insects, they use that majority behavior to justify their phobia.


Bad grammar but the idea is there.
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I'm more of an arachnid fan. Any other bugs that can be described as hard-shelled, brown, and shiny, are... Blech. But I do like certain beetles.
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I think it would be interesting to have a freshwater aquarium with aquatic insects. Great diving beetles are very hardy and active and aren't that hard to obtain. Perhaps some whirligig beetles if I can find any.

Add a few freshwater shrimp and some live plants, perhaps also a sucker fish, and this might be going somewhere good.

Hmm, looks like someone thought of the exact same thing as me and actually did it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lQRcuDxniU
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"Hate" is not the word. I have a phobia of some bugs. Roaches, ticks, disease carriers , flies, etc. I am genuinely frightened of ticks since I was a little girl , and had to pull them off my dogs. But I don't hate most insects.
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morechunch wrote:

Has anybody here considered the benefits of replacing cattle and hog farming with grasshoppers?


I'm guessing you've heard of Crickers? (Crackers made with cricket flour). I'd like to try them if they ever hit the supermarket shelves.


Creepy, crawly things - as long as they're not infesting me or my home, I love 'em! And if you really enjoy watching little marine critters, I definitely recommend taking up snorkeling or scuba diving.
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morechunch wrote:

Has anybody here considered the benefits of replacing cattle and hog farming with grasshoppers?


I'm guessing you've heard of Crickers? (Crackers made with cricket flour). I'd like to try them if they ever hit the supermarket shelves.


Creepy, crawly things - as long as they're not infesting me or my home, I love 'em! And if you really enjoy watching little marine critters, I definitely recommend taking up snorkeling or scuba diving.


I've had cheesy mealworms and tequila-infused crickets in lollipops and I've intentionally eaten ants, but cricket flour sounds promising. People don't have to see the insects in their natural form so the food should be easier to eat.
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jfc I shouldn't have opened the spoiler
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I've always been fond of rhinoceros beetles. When I was younger I would go out to telephone polls just to catch and watch them.

Oh this made me remember something that happened! I learned that these guys were nocturnal creatures the hard way. I was out at dusk looking at these guys when all of sudden they started flying everywhere! Before I knew it the sky was full with them and they were landing all over me. Never before had I seen such a swarm. I was scared initially but remembered that they are virtually harmless That didn't stop my fascination with them though. I do still look at them as I walk past poles or trees.
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I hate most, if not all bugs. Specially lady bugs.

They would always over populate my apartment during the summer.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npLPkvpNkVA

I am kinda uncomfortable when there are a very large number of bugs. Like this sea of harvestmen in a shed.
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I tend to find bugs gross and don't like to be around them, but I wouldn't say that I hate them. I do dislike stinkbugs, though - my sense of smell is too strong to risk them being anywhere near my house. I tend to be a little uncomfortable around the bugs that can harm me, like spiders and the like, but I actually have a lot of respect for the presumed intelligence of some jumping spiders.
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Schmooples wrote:

I tend to find bugs gross and don't like to be around them, but I wouldn't say that I hate them. I do dislike stinkbugs, though - my sense of smell is too strong to risk them being anywhere near my house. I tend to be a little uncomfortable around the bugs that can harm me, like spiders and the like, but I actually have a lot of respect for the presumed intelligence of some jumping spiders.


We actually did some experiments to kill time when we were back in the entomological quarantine. If there is a prey item on a platform that is out of jump range, the jumping spider will remember where the prey was located. It will crawl down from the plant it is currently on and climb up the the other plant to reach the prey. It can apparently remember which leaf the prey was on before it climbed down the first plant.

Someone else made this discovery first, we heard about it, and we replicated the result.

"There are, though, many variations on the theme and many surprising aspects. For one thing, salticids do not necessarily follow a straight path in approaching prey. They may follow a circuitous course, sometimes even a course that takes the hunter through regions from which the prey is not visible. Such complex adaptive behaviour is hard to reconcile with an organism that has such a tiny brain, but some jumping spiders, in particular some species of Portia, can negotiate long detours from one bush down to the ground, then up the stem of another bush to capture a prey item on a particular leaf. Such behaviour still is the subject of research."

We used this species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phidippus_johnsoni
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