This is just really gross:
Diners have increasingly warmed to the idea of burgers made from peas and coconut oil, crab cakes crafted from artichokes and kelp, and chicken nuggets formed with gluten and tapioca starch. Big food producers are betting they'll soon welcome crickets, beetles, mealworms, and maggots to the mix as well. "Everyone is looking at the environmental impact of sourcing food, so there's a lot of growth potential," says Tunyawat Kasemsuwan, group director of innovation at canned-tuna producer Thai Union Group Pcl, which is diversifying into insect proteins. "Chicken and tuna made from vegetables, cellular culture, or insects—we know the demand for it will grow much more than what we're seeing today."
Sounds simply mouth-watering, no??
Although vegetarians wouldn't eat them—insects are, after all, animals—bug evangelists say the 2,000 or so species of edible critters have a lower carbon footprint and require less land than livestock and many grains. And various breeds have differing characteristics that fans say make them work as a food source: Mealworms are clean, odorless, and rich in minerals and vitamins; crickets and grasshoppers are loaded with protein; fruit fly larvae—most people call them maggots—have a mild taste and light color, so they're easy to hide in foods; black soldier fly larvae will eat virtually any organic waste.
Ahh, yes: We all know how richly appealing it is for your hostess to bring out the platter or delicately braised meat chunks and, as the first tantalizing bite melts into your mouth, she informs you: "These maggots are locally prized for their mild taste and light color."
The potential market got a big lift this year when the European Union approved locusts and mealworms for human consumption, and EU regulators say they're examining applications for almost a dozen other species.
There's that good ol' European Union again! They're really gonna start pushing their poor subjects to EAT BUGS.