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It's kinda odd that we seem to have an aversion to insects but not to prawns.

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Prawns are nasty looking creatures with legs and tentacles like cockroaches.

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Great initiative!

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I'm just happy that the students and staff were given the option.

As for bugs vs prawn, I'm afraid I'll have to disagree. I would not have eaten the above meal, but I do love prawn. I don't see them as the same as insects.

BUT- to each his own. I don't judge.

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Nothing new. Not too long ago eating crickets was a common thing in Japan.

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This is "cricket powder" and probably not even noticed. We have frequently eaten fried crickets. Nothing to write home about.

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It's a no from me. Not a fan of this narrative at all.

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Yes insect meat contains much protein and can be very tasty. But...and.... this...... is......... a............very................big - but................! the body also contains a lot of digested insect food and, it would take much time with a magnifying glass to completely remove this digested and part-digested food from each insect's stomach. So this new addition to human diet is not goinhg to be adopted by humans unless a way can be found to remove quickly and thoroughly all disgusting insect droppings.

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Before pesticides rice paddies hosted edible small fish and bugs. They might still be there but no longer edible. In exchange, however, the rice crop is bigger.

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Fried locusts are good. They contain 62% protein.

https://youtu.be/OzN0ae5ckBo

A bug on a stick.

GIFU -- A vending machine offering edible fried and dried insects has been installed at a shop there.

The machine's menu includes dried house crickets, cookies laced with cricket powder, salted fried locusts, silkworm chrysalises, bamboo caterpillars, diving beetles, red-legged grasshoppers, two-spotted crickets and their larger specimens.

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I think prawns have antennae, not tentacles.

Thank you. It's the antennae that gets me.

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This kind of garbage is being pushed on kids around the world under the guise of sustainability, to condition them to a world where real meat is only eaten by the elites. Ya know, the people who go to COP and WEF conferences to eat $100 steaks while telling the plebs they have to get used to eating less animal-based protein. Because we have to make sacrifices to save the planet.

You vill eat ze bugs and be happy.

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Yuck! I will never eat bugs never! I only eat real food Beef, Fish, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Fish, Shrimp, Clams, etc.

cockroaches in the US can easily be mistaken for a cricket. Make sure you not getting the wrong type of cricket

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Our friendly neigbor called china who is hostile toward Japan loves to eat bugs(roaches, cricket, cetepetes, scorpions etc) youtube it will kill your appetite if your looking to lose some weight :)

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nosuke

Are there American cockroaches in Japan? Japan like Thailand has a long history of eating insects.

Cicadas are eaten in Japan.

"Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches can actually be very clean and tasty insects, especially if they are fed on fresh fruits and vegetables. They can be eaten toasted, fried, sauteed, or boiled. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches have a taste and texture like greasy chicken."

https://www.thailandunique.com/blog/why-eat-edible-insects/

Not that I have tried any.

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How about some fried frog legs they are delicious and taste like chicken? Still better than bugs.

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Have they taken whale off the menu??

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The French eat frogs but only the legs throwing the body away. Like eating shark fins. Both are not insects though.

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I've never seen insects for sale as food in Japan. I've seen them for sale in Thailand and China. Maybe at times or places they've eaten insects in Japan, but lets not try to pretend it's something you see nowadays in Japan.

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Strangeland

when we lived in Nagano we ate locusts and some other insects. Japanese people in the countryside still eat insects.

Inago no tsukudani (いなごの佃煮) is a Japanese dish featuring rice grasshoppers that are boiled in soy sauce and sugar. Inago is the Japanese word for locust. The locusts are prepared in the "tsukudani" style of cooking (boiled in soy sauce and sugar).

How about

Locust Ice Cream ーいなごー

The dish is called batta sofuto and can be found at Lake Suwa, in the Kiso mountains of Nagano prefecture. Apart from ice cream, Lake Suwa also boasts locust stick candy and dumplings for those adventurous enough to try them.

Canned Locust

https://sugoimart.com/products/canned-locust-large

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Inago no tsukudani (いなごの佃煮) is a Japanese dish featuring rice grasshoppers that are boiled in soy sauce and sugar. Inago is the Japanese word for locust.

To be fair, I have seen this a few times in Japan.

A few times over more than two decades.

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Prawns are nasty looking creatures with legs and tentacles like cockroaches.

Cockroaches of the sea!

TBF insects supply more protein per pound than almost any other animal food source. As long as I don't see them and they taste ok, I'd prob eat them.

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It's kinda odd that we seem to have an aversion to insects but not to prawns.

Prawns are meaty, like starchy. Like if you squish a bug, all kinds of liquids and colors come ooozing out. Gross. Also, who knows what kind of parasites or fungi live inside a bug. Ever hear of Rat Lung Worm? Prawns live in the ocean, so you know where they've been. Bugs crawl everywhere.

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Why not ?

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In Japan, edible insects are sold in vending machines to help the environment

https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/06/19/in-japan-you-can-get-your-supply-of-edible-insects-from-vending-machines

Insect Eating in Japan: Where to Find Them

https://www.japankuru.com/en/food/e2605.html

Another site for buying insects

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/3-edible-japanese-insects-autumn/

Tokyo Bug Eating Club

http://insectcuisine.jp/

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We have an instinctual avoidance of insects because they harbour diseases and parasites:

So do all animals. Mad cow disease. Worms and parasites in animals.

Parasites that infest cattle, sheep and goats include internal parasites such as worms, flukes and protozoa, and external parasites such as flies, ticks, lice and mites. Parasites of livestock can also be zoonoses, meaning they can also infect humans.

Japanese eat Fugu and more people die from eating mochi than insects. Wild mushrooms. Many dangerous foods.

Many insects for sale to eat are produced on insect farms.

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What about a deep fried white bait or glassies (baby eels ) and a can of garlic cola. Also silk worms on a stick. Also available in Japan.

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I once purchased a jar of cooked bee larvae in a Tokyo supermarket.

They were actually pretty good and had a rich taste, being that they are fed nectar.

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If you think your not ingesting insect protein then ignorance is surely bliss.

As long as you stay away from process foods that has labels and packaged from a factory and staying away from all protein shake and bars you can dodge insect protein. If you think Japan is desparately trying to feed the poppulation with bugs as an alternate source for meat/protein. Well be informed the worse is that Japanese researcher creates artificial meat from human feces. Youtube it. Its disgusting.

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It's said that, whether you know it or not, the average person eats hundreds of bugs each year. I'd rather not know.

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This kind of garbage is being pushed on kids around the world under the guise of sustainability, to condition them to a world where real meat is only eaten by the elites. Ya know, the people who go to COP and WEF conferences to eat $100 steaks while telling the plebs they have to get used to eating less animal-based protein. Because we have to make sacrifices to save the planet.

Exactly. Its all a con.

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Yes, it was on TV also. Very disgusting, not only on the plates and in the meals, but also their breeding laboratory, full of boxes with those several kinds of insects and in their growing or metamorphosis life forms. They had also a few arguments like SDG goals , nutrition of the future etc. Well, final words, they are young and may try out whatever they like hidden among themselves, but beware us older generations with your sick and perverse ideas and lifestyles in public and visible reality.

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Great news. Better than pizza, hamburgers and French fries.

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SDG - ditch your beef and eat your bugs. This is sustainable. Cows’ fart produces a lot of CO2 so that is not good for the environment. Instead of growing real good food, let’s grow insects for food! Brilliant!

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If the food products from around the world contains the food coloring "Carmine" then you are eating or have eaten insects!

Those are the insects that we know about! The governmental organizations that regulate food safety permits a certain amount of insects and other animal ingredients to be accidentally included into food products.

There is no such thing as zero tolerance because there would be very little food available to the public, and it would be extremely expensive.

Insects is an untapped source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It could actually solve world hunger if people got onboard with the program. It is actually better for the environment to produce.

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There is a Mexican restaurant nearby that lists crickets as one of the ingredients in some of their sauces.

I know it makes sense to eat insects, but it goes against my conditioning. I read somewhere that ancient mariners could have avoided scurvy by eating the cockroaches available onboard.

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absolutely disgusting and indicative of where we are headed.

This is now being normalized before our eyes.

Insects is an untapped source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It could actually solve world hunger if people got onboard with the program. It is actually better for the environment to produce.

Then go eat bugs to your heart's content. Put your crickets where your mouth is.

Want to solve world hunger? First of all find the few places on earth that are lacking food since we are at the most well-fed point in history. The only thing that could possibly cause hunger in 2022 is political corruption and interference.

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People are eating insects every single day in their food.

Insects as food or edible insects are insect species used for human consumption. More than 2,000 insect species worldwide are considered edible.

Some people eat dogs, others snakes, and various reptiles.

13 Common Foods That Could Secretly Contain Insects

https://www.rd.com/list/foods-secretly-contain-insects/

The 16-ounce jar of peanut butter in your pantry can contain up to 136 insect parts before it is deemed contaminated, according to the FDA’s Food Defect Action Levels guide.

the average coffee drinker could unknowingly consume almost 140,000 insect fragments per year, according to Terro.

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People are eating insects every single day in their food.

such a silly, disingenuous argument.

natural contamination of our food supply has and always be a natural feature.

But now go and propose a "bug latte" or "cricket frappuccino" at Starbucks headquarters, Wallace.

Tell me how many seconds it takes before they laugh you out of the boardroom. I have the over/under at about 2.1 seconds.

You go eat your ground-up crickets if it floats your fancy. Ill stick with my rib-eyes.

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My internet search tells me that about 10% of all humans are chronically undernourished. If eating insects will help feed the hungry, then so be it.

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master

Locust Ice Cream ーいなごー is already very popular.

https://wa-shoku.info/locust-ice-cream-%E3%83%BC%E3%81%84%E3%81%AA%E3%81%94%E3%83%BC/

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master

Locust Ice Cream ーいなごー is already very popular.

very strange. I Iive and work in Japan and its the first I've heard of it, let alone that its "very popular"

It isn't. You and I both know that this is nothing but propaganda.

Yes, tried them. Not bad at all, though a bit pricey for me, so I'll stick to other snacks.

Bugs are enjoyed (not just eaten out of necessity) in many cultures, just as you enjoy your rib eyes.

You'll stick to other snacks because we both know that you'd vomit after eating insects.

Bugs have been eaten in some cultures out of necessity, as we both know. In Thailand, they'll put them out at the bars so the tourists can have a funny little story for when they get home.

Propoganda. They want to end the production and consumption of meat. (themselves excluded. of course)

Nothing more, nothing less.

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master   

   Locust Ice Cream ーいなごー is already very popular.

> very strange. I Iive and work in Japan and its the first I've heard of it, let alone that its "very popular"

> It isn't. You and I both know that this is nothing but propaganda.

No, it is not. I lived in Nagano for 10 years and still have a house there. It was the first place where I ate fried locust. I have also eaten them in Shiga and other places. I ate many types in Thailand. Never felt sick.

I have lived here for three decades but I guess unless you have heard of it then it's not true.

How about in

https://shizuokagourmet.com/2010/01/21/insects-bugs-gastronomy-in-japan/

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Japanese have eaten insects for hundreds of years. There is no mention in the article about meat or ending its production.

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To what extent has the human digestive been adapted to process insects?

A diet containing more insects than has been the norm for thousands of years might not be without problems.

Any studies on this?

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Disgusting.

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