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The Lepsis Is a Terrarium For Growing Edible Insects At Home

timothy posted about a year ago | from the plus-you-can-floss-with-the-legs dept.

Science 184

An anonymous reader writes "A recent UN report suggested that people should be eating more insects, because they're much less harmful to the environment that traditional meat. In response, designer Mansour Ourasanah has created the Lepsis, a small insect breeder that could be used to grow and harvest grasshoppers in urban homes."

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Shell fish might be better (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43973707)

I wonder what it would take to raise shellfish indoors. Probably not worth it economically, but I can't imagine home insect rearing would be cheaper than buying them from a large producer.

Re:Shell fish might be better (1)

niado (1650369) | about a year ago | (#43973873)

Crayfish [wikipedia.org] are commonly raised indoors. Depending on volume, you pretty much just need a tank.

Re:Shell fish might be better (2)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year ago | (#43974033)

Why indoors? Why not commoditize it and automate it as a part of one's home?

Imagine a replacement window, which is an aquarium, which plus into one's electric and has a small computer to monitor food levels &c., as well as a wireless connection to one's broadband to report on conditions inside the tank.

One pays to have the window installed, plus a monthly fee to have the aquarium serviced and topped off from the outside through a locked access panel (there's a second set of locks on the inside panel, one for the home-owner, one for the company to lock the homeowner out for non-payment).

Best of all, one could arrange to have a lobster or larger shellfish dropped into the tank if one has company visiting.

Re:Shell fish might be better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974121)

Because if it breaks from the inside I don't want a crap load of water sitting inside my house....not to mention the face a bunch of sea critters wondering inside said house too...good grief...

Re:Shell fish might be better (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#43975643)

Well dude, there you have your idea for a start-up. Get yourself some venture capital, and off you go !

This might be cheaper than food stamps. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973719)

We should consider giving these out in inner city nieghborhoods instead of food stamps, which get wasted on everything from Cheetos to crank. Add it to the Farm Bill.

I'm sorry, but... (1)

Mr Foobar (11230) | about a year ago | (#43973721)

I will not be incorporating any insects aside from water crustaceans into my diet. They may be nutritious, may be tasty, but the "yuck" factor is simply too great to overcome.

Maybe I could if they were processed, but surely someone will make a big deal about the loss of nutrition with processes insect products.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (4, Funny)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43973781)

I wouldn't mind, but if I get to raise them myself I couldn't bear to eat them. Look at those cute little mandibles. Look at them!

Re:I'm sorry, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974743)

That is actually how I feel, not being an animal murderer and all.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (3, Insightful)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about a year ago | (#43975453)

First, you'll hear reports about people who can't bear to eat their precious grasshoppers, so they have been returning them to the wild.
Then, you'll hear about the swarms of locusts devastating the countryside.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year ago | (#43973831)

I will not be incorporating any insects aside from water crustaceans into my diet.

You probably already have bugs in your diet. Did you ever eat cherry yogurt? Check he ingredients. It probably lists carmine [wikipedia.org] , which is made from beetles.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973915)

Like he said, processed.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974657)

Insects are only the source of carmine. Your own link shows that the insects are powdered, dissolved, filtered and then the solution is chemically treated! Your implication that eating carmine means gp has bugs in his diet is about as accurate as saying that consuming sea salt means that you have ancient whale shit in your diet.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43973869)

You might not, but I am pretty interested in the idea. The only concern I have is taste vs price.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (2)

mspohr (589790) | about a year ago | (#43974343)

I have started to think about the "yuck" factor also in regard to all animals. When you look at how cows, pigs, chickens, etc. are raised, fed and "processed" by food factories... and look at the blood and gore and what goes into what you end up eating... it's pretty disgusting.
I've mostly become a vegan (with some fish).
Also, animal fat (even from organic, free range, etc. animals) is just really bad for you... heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, etc.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (3, Insightful)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#43974699)

A proper meat eater isn't put off by blood and gore.

I've eaten pig in the farmhouse next to which it was raised, and let me tell you, we enjoyed it all the more for knowing exactly where it had come from.

Yes, it's cultural and conditioned, and if we'd been brought up eating insects we might find the idea of grasshopper mouth-watering. However, most of us were not.

Re:I'm sorry, but... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about a year ago | (#43975391)

With a pig that good, you can't eat it all at once?

Re:I'm sorry, but... (2)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#43975139)

I've mostly become a vegan (with some fish).

Me too!... apart from hamburger, pork, chicken, steak, bacon, eggs, veal, etc. (It counts as vegan if the animals you eat are herbivores, right?)

Re:I'm sorry, but... (3, Informative)

KGIII (973947) | about a year ago | (#43974839)

I am something of a "character" I guess. I'll eat anything on the menu. During AIT we also ate insects. I mention that because I want to tell you that I have eaten insects and, frankly, they're not that good. The only "good" one I have found was the chocolate covered ant, because I couldn't taste the ant.

Eating bugs is gross! (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#43973725)

Now excuse me while I rip apart this lobster!

Re:Eating bugs is gross! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973793)

Biologically, crustaceans are quite distinct from insects.

Re:Eating bugs is gross! (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43974651)

I watched a documentary once about some scientists stranded in the jungle who'd been collecting giant bugs of some sort. They ended up eating their samples they were so hungry. One of them said that they tasted a lot like lobster.

Re:Eating bugs is gross! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975669)

Intellectually, you're quite distinct from humans.

Re:Eating bugs is gross! (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43974127)

Actually, since our tastes evolved eating bugs, most flavors are probably the flavor of this or that bug.

Mmmmmm...long chain hydrocarbons!

Great Potential (1)

some old guy (674482) | about a year ago | (#43973751)

It could also be used to breed extra-noxious stink bugs for en-masse deployment at bachelor parties, graduations, and other prime prank targets.

Or would the NSA brand me a terrorist?

Re:Great Potential (0)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#43974137)

Many years ago, after the bank forclosed on my moms house - she had been laid off - I purchased 400 cockroaches and let them go in the house.

Re:Great Potential (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974369)

Wait so you put cockroaches in a house because your mother didn't pay her bills? Do you feel better about yourself? Does your mother know you did that too?

Re:Great Potential (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975723)

Maybe it was a swap- His mom had to go live in his basement, so he moved the current inhabitants of his basement to her old place.

As an aside, I've heard of much much worse things being done to foreclosed properties.

JUST WHAT THE NERD WANTS FOR . . . !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973783)

Never !! The nerd wants this for NEVER !!

Eating insects? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43973813)

What's wrong with soy, tempeh and other alternatives? Don't tell me people need to eat meat to live, look at places like India.

Re:Eating insects? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43973895)

This might be competitive cost wise.
Soy is fine, but tempeh is just inedible. People do not need a lot of things to live, but what is wrong with eating insects? It is not like they have the complex nervous systems that animals have. They can almost surely not even feel pain, they are practically simple biological machines.

Re:Eating insects? (1)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#43974009)

This might be competitive cost wise.
Soy is fine, but tempeh is just inedible. People do not need a lot of things to live, but what is wrong with eating insects?

I find it strange that you call tempeh (which is, by the way, made of soy) inedible, but you feel you could stomach insects.

Of course it's subjective, but I find tempeh pretty easy to enjoy, whereas I can can see how tofu is an acquired taste.

Whole insects - that turns my stomach. Something I know to be ground-up insects, also turns my stomach. I can handle small amounts of insect matter as an additive (e.g. cochineal) or a contaminant. Yeah, I'd give it a go - I've eaten all sorts of things to be macho - but I'd rather go vegetarian than make insects a staple.

Re:Eating insects? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43974937)

It has a taste like peanuts, which I find to be horrible.

I like tofu just fine. I find nothing disturbing about eating insects.

Re:Eating insects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973953)

What's wrong with soy?

Moobs. Man boobs.

Moobs.

Re:Eating insects? (1)

Rhacman (1528815) | about a year ago | (#43974195)

What's wrong with soy, tempeh and other alternatives?

The taste.

Don't tell me people need to eat meat to live, look at places like India.

I don't need meat to live. Eating meat is among reasons I _enjoy_ living.

Re:Eating insects? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#43974529)

If God didn't want us to eat meat, why did he make animals so tasty?

Insect bacon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973825)

You can always feed the bugs to pigs: http://www.pereanu.com/comic/entomophagy/ [pereanu.com]

Re:Insect bacon (1)

CayceeDee (1883844) | about a year ago | (#43974879)

Or use them to feed your tilapia or other aquaponically raised fish.

Re:Insect bacon (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975501)

The worms and flies that my chickens eat are pretty damn tasty two days later, fried with some salsa.

Why not learn from the 3rd world? (1)

bogaboga (793279) | about a year ago | (#43973841)

They do it [blogspot.ca] well.

why not garden and have chickens instead? (3, Interesting)

SpaceManFlip (2720507) | about a year ago | (#43973843)

many people have lawns. Lawns are mowed to look nice. Nice looking lawns are not useful for food production. Kill the grass and plant the whole yard with food for your family, and then maybe they won't have to eat bugs.

also if you have a yard, you could parcel off a small bit of it for a chicken coop for not too much money and grow your own eggs / chickens

I think I'll probably try things like that before I raise insects for food.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43973939)

Chickens are vile creatures. They shit everywhere and are in general pretty much horrible. I have seen them peck giant gaping wounds into each other. So not only are they terrible to non-chickens, they are equally bad to other chickens.There is no way grasshoppers are that filthy or evil.

Also many urban and suburban areas thankfully have zoning that does not allow the keeping of chickens. I would rather not be woken up at 4am because you don't want to go to the store to buy eggs.

I would probably rather eat insects than chickens, assuming they taste ok.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (2)

operagost (62405) | about a year ago | (#43974175)

So you're telling me that you only eat nice critters?

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43975023)

I never said that.
I just would rather not be around the damn things.

I would prefer to eat cleaner animals though.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

orchardville (2497560) | about a year ago | (#43974685)

Keeping up to 4 laying hens responsibly in a decent-sized urban back yard is actually quite rewarding, and requires little work (average 5-10 minutes per day for up to 4 eggs per day). If you treat them like a factory then yes, you will get "vile creatures". Input=output. Chickens kept in poor living conditions can be expected to behave like prisoners.

I am not aware of any large cities with ordinances that allow for roosters, but even so they are a hell of a lot quieter than the dogs and ambulances and drunk people that you deal with in the city.

As to the smell: as long as you provide clean bedding materials, move their coop at least twice a year and compost the waste it should not be an issue. And you'll end up with ample quantities of the best fertilizer out there for your garden.

All this depends on having a patch of land to work, which the system in the article is a clever alternative to if you have a desire to be connected to your protein source.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43974967)

These chickens had acres of room. They still insisting on pecking at each other and eating their own feces. I would rather not be involved at all with such foul fowl.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975261)

These chickens had acres of room. They still insisting on pecking at each other and eating their own feces. I would rather not be involved at all with such foul fowl.

Seriously, that is abnormal behavior for chickens. Yes, it does happen, but it is abnormal.

You should do some research and uncover the reason why they act like that and fix it.

Seriously, there's no reason why healthy chickens should act like that.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43975321)

The reason is because they are broccoli on legs.

The fix is to kill and eat the bastards and not replace them.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975623)

But the three dozen eggs a week taste better, and no, I couldn't buy eggs that taste this good from any store. I can buy chicken from the store that tastes, well, like chicken, so I buy the chicken meat and grow the eggs.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975591)

The behavior you describe is abnormal. They are establishing dominance over each other - something that should have been sorted out quickly years ago. And healthy chickens certainly have no interest in eating feces.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975569)

Austin's ordinances allow for roosters under the caveat of the noise ordinance, which means that they are okay unless someone complains about the noise. Even in the center of town, we only have one neighbor, and they like our chickens, and we have a Serama rooster, who fully-sized is about nine inches tall, and who is quieter than the hens or the wild birds or the neighborhood dogs and cats.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974771)

Chickens are vile creatures. I have seen them peck giant gaping wounds into each other.

So they are basically no worse than you religious fanatics that worship the state then.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

WillAdams (45638) | about a year ago | (#43973949)

Spoken like a city slicker who has never

  - mucked out a stall
  - gotten up at o’dark thirty to feed and water the animals
  - been awoken on the one day one might be able to sleep in by the crowing of a rooster

Above all, chicken manure stinks to high heaven --- when I spent a summer working in a friend's coop, my mother insisted on my hosing my clothes off when I came home, then undressing directly into the washer and going directly to the bath.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SpaceManFlip (2720507) | about a year ago | (#43974043)

funny how the negative replies come so quickly - I actually have a coop currently, so na-na you're wrong

it's definitely better than eating bugs. previous reply person "h4rr4r" can have all of my share of bugs and I will keep the vile creatures

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43974991)

Yeah, city slicker. That is why I know this about chickens.

Listen redneck, I raised them and it sucked. None of those are fun things, but I have done them all. There is nothing good about doing any of them either. Anyone who thinks there is, is simply falling to the noble savage BS.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975657)

Chickens don't have AM feeding requirements. And chicken manure is only a problem if you are keeping too many of them in cramped space with insufficient litter - probably because you're thinking about a farm with a coop big enough to work in, which is 0% like a backyard coop with deep litter for a half dozen chickens who can also roam the yard during the day.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (3, Insightful)

niado (1650369) | about a year ago | (#43974031)

many people have lawns. Lawns are mowed to look nice. Nice looking lawns are not useful for food production. Kill the grass and plant the whole yard with food for your family, and then maybe they won't have to eat bugs.

also if you have a yard, you could parcel off a small bit of it for a chicken coop for not too much money and grow your own eggs / chickens

In most municipalities, you can't really raise chickens. E.g where I live chickens cannot be kept within ~100 feet of a dwelling structure.

Gardening is usually doable though! Unless you are under a super obnoxious HOA, you can usually get away with a food-garden.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (1)

SydShamino (547793) | about a year ago | (#43975689)

Here it's 50 feet from a dwelling on an adjacent property, but you can keep them near your own dwelling no problem. That's enough space for many houses, even in suburban areas - provided there's no HOA of course.

Re:why not garden and have chickens instead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974225)

Chickens are illegal to own in Los Angeles county in a typical residence. (I'm sure there's exceptions for farms)

Re: illegal chickens (1)

SpaceManFlip (2720507) | about a year ago | (#43974505)

a good reminder why I don't want to live inside any city's jurisdiction - laws telling you what you can't do with your own land etc... fines for not mowing your yard etc

I'm looking for a new home now, so it's good to keep the cancerous liability of city ordinances in mind.

Re: illegal chickens (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43974677)

You live next to a guy who decides to turn is backyard into a giant chicken coop and I'm sure you'd change your mind about that. Those zoning laws are about expectation for home buyers. It's one thing if you're rural, totally another if you go "hog wild" in your suburban back yard.

Re: illegal chickens (1)

KGIII (973947) | about a year ago | (#43974961)

See, you don't get it. We live far enough away so that if the guy turns his backyard into a giant chicken coop we don't even notice.

Effective? (1)

dlleigh (313922) | about a year ago | (#43973877)

I'm sure my HOA won't mind at all if I set one of these up and create a personal plague of winged insects to fill my belly and do my bidding.

"Fly, grasshoppers! Vanquish my enemies and bring back all the yummy meat from their refrigerators!"

Hmmm... This Lepsis thing might actually work.

Well, great. (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about a year ago | (#43973887)

More meat for everyone else.

this is a ridiculous recommendation (5, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#43973917)

and because 'eat some bugs' gets clicks, slashdot cant stop peddling it.

full disclosure: im vegetarian

most bugs dont contain anything more than protein and a bit of fat, and the ones that do are hands-down unapproachable by a consumer whos traditionally a meat and potatoes person.
http://www.ent.iastate.edu/misc/insectnutrition.html [iastate.edu]
if you want some calcium, it would mean getting used to this guy in your mouth:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belostomatidae [wikipedia.org]

Its absurd, but hey so is the chicken nugget/finger/ring and its violent extrusion the KFC "double down."
Are we seriously so opposed to broccoli and other vegetables much loathed as children that we're going to eat bugs instead? we already have alternatives to meat that are cheaper, more nutritious, and widely available. The issue at hand is that we put meat in absolutely everything whether it needs it or not. Speaking for the midwest, even salads have cold-cuts liberally interspersed between the nutritionally devoid iceburg lettuce trucked in from new mexico and california. "lets eat bugs" is not a solution to the "meat is expensive" issue because it ignores the underlying problems of factory farming, monocultural foods, and a population of nutritionally ignorant and chronically obese adults and children. until we solve that shitstorm then no matter what we select as our meat methodone its just going to go down the same route.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1, Insightful)

Danathar (267989) | about a year ago | (#43974155)

I have incisors, which means I was designed for meat. I also have molars which means I can grind pulp and veggies.

To deny either denies what my body was made for.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974665)

I sometimes wonder if ADD is just a subset of survival traits tuned for eating bugs and other various little critters. Ooh shiny nom, nom, nom!

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974667)

Right on, brother! I'm physically dominant to many females, therefore to not rape them denies what my body was made for!

Or, just maybe, it's time we started taking a longer view than your short-sighted one.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43974707)

You also have canines to keep your squirming, live prey from breaking the vice-like grip of your jaws. I get your point, though.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975053)

Gagh is best when served live.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about a year ago | (#43975745)

It's also best eaten whole. If you're going to chew your gagh you might as well just go the whole hog and cook it.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1)

Rhacman (1528815) | about a year ago | (#43974975)

It isn't that we are "designed" to eat meat but that we are adapted such that our bodies are capable of gaining nutrition from meat sources. Nature puts no labels or restrictions on what we should / shouldn't eat beyond what our bodies are capable of processing and what spectrum of nutrients our bodies require to operate. We are the ones making declarations of what we and others should and shouldn't be eating.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1)

avajcovec (717275) | about a year ago | (#43974997)

To deny either denies what my body was made for.

Actually, it denies what your body was made from. What it's made for is up to you.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974299)

I don't think you have a clue how bugs will be consumed if/when they are. The won't be raised on small farms and sold/eaten whole. They'll be produced in huge industrial plants where the process can be mostly automated. They'll then be processed and ground up in to a paste and sold as a protein product to be made in to other food. Gross? Yeah, but that's pretty much how the meat packing industry works now anyway. Meat is often an industrial processed product, thus the "pink goo".

The only thing that separates a beef burger and a bug burger is the source of the ground-up protein.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43974373)

I thought the whole point of the bugs was a bit of protein and animal fat. isn't that the point of steak? just make it taste good and look like a burger. it's not like broccoli would fill that role ever... maybe if you genetically engineer the broccoli to consist of animal proteins and fat.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1)

dubdays (410710) | about a year ago | (#43974581)

... maybe if you genetically engineer the broccoli to consist of animal proteins and fat.

If I could make bacon out of broccoli, well, you'd see quite the garden in my yard!

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (2)

kraut (2788) | about a year ago | (#43975407)

That's an easy process.

1. Buy a pig
2. Feed it broccoli (& other stuff)
3. Slaughter pig
4. Salt & cure bacon.

Re:this is a ridiculous recommendation (1, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | about a year ago | (#43974403)

most bugs dont contain anything more than protein and a bit of fat,

Neither do most animals. If you want vitamins, that's what vegetables are for.

MMMM BUGS! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973987)

What's next sewer rats?

Can they overcome the smell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974025)

I used to grow crickets to feed a pet leopard gecko. They smell. I wonder how they will handle this issue, especially as it is designed to be, and I paraphrase, "Attractive enough to sit on your kitchen counter".

Other than that, insects are not a bad snack. If you bake them first, all their little parts fall right off with some shaking. They are nice and crunchy with a bit of a nutty flavor. I have sampled some smaller ones, and I could easily see myself throwing them on a salad. What gets me are meal worms, grubs and the like. The sensation of biting through the skin and having the guts squirt into your mouth was enough to make me instant vomit.

What? (1)

edrobinson (976396) | about a year ago | (#43974059)

I spend hours getting the bugs out and you want me to GROW more?

terrorarium (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43974077)

The Lepsis Is a Terrarium For Growing Edible Insects At Home

No. No no no. I assure you. It isn't.

Well the UN (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about a year ago | (#43974249)

Well the UN and the ones who wrote the report can eat all the bugs they like. I'm going to stick to my Steak,Fish,Turkey,chicken diet thank you very much. I dont care what they taste like smell like or how nutritious they are i aint eating no stink-in bugs.

No. Just.... no. (1)

Dakiraun (1633747) | about a year ago | (#43974271)

Enough said.

Bait farm (1)

chuckinator (2409512) | about a year ago | (#43974355)

Insane UN recommendation spawns insane product recommendation. I'm not eating bugs, and I don't see anyone rushing out to start changing their diet to incorporate more insects. I have seen people farm insects at home. They do it to cultivate a steady supply of fishing bait and pet reptile food. They always wouldn't bother with this over-designed piece of junk; you can make something like this out of fine mesh, a few wooden posts, and some cardboard egg crates.

We should eat bugs (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43974415)

So they can eat steak

We should use a donkey cart

So they can go first class in their private jumbos...

Did they actually try it out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974451)

I wonder if authors of this kitchen invention have ever actually grown amount of grasshoppers that's suitable even for occasional light snacks. If they have, they should know in swarms of any mentionable size - hundreds or thousands - those critters cause intolerable noise. If not to you, to your urban neighbours. It's nice to be green, but please be realistic. It won't take long before you really get tired of that noise.

Just go to your neighbourhood Chinese food shop and buy your insect snacks there. Grasshoppers are nice, but it's quite a massacre having even a small snack, and you should know how much noise even a single critter at your home can cause.

Not bad for the open-minded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974509)

Food is food. I couldn't care less about how many legs it has or used to have.

I like the idea of growing my own protein sources at home, and I don't much mind what it looks like as long as it tastes fine and keeps me goin'. Y'all can stick to your revulsion, but really this is just a proposal for the people with open enough minds to try new things instead of saying "Ew, this looks so gross I'll never try it."

Rhymes with... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974603)

People are already squeamish (right or wrong) about chomping on bugs. Does it make sense to produce a product that rhymes with Sepsis?

People will be okay with this (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about a year ago | (#43974641)

Just mash them and make them look like a hamburger. It's not like we need to process these bugs in a way that they still look like bugs.

Re:People will be okay with this (1)

turp182 (1020263) | about a year ago | (#43975465)

Interesting idea. How about using the bugs (properly prepared and ground) as an additive to ground animal meats?

The result would be a higher protein/lower fat meat that, with the animal meat would look and probably taste similar to pure animal meat.

I'd be fine with something like that (labelled accurately of course), but I've eaten grasshoppers in the past (combining them with animal meat would go a long way to making it a more pleasant experience, but that's just my cultural bias...).

Let the UN eat bugs (1)

Freddybear (1805256) | about a year ago | (#43974689)

I tell you what, when the UN converts all its restaurants and cafeterias to raise and serve insects then get back to us.

It's really not that bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974747)

I've been raising B. dubias as a food source for a couple years. I fry them (after killing them in the freeze and removing wings/legs) with a bit a soy sauce and some spices. They taste kinda like shrimp and go great with salad. I feed them entirely with my table scraps.

Honestly, western culture is so bizarre. We're fine with eating bottom feeders and drinking bovine lactation mixed with pus, but insects are gross? We need to get our shit together.

The only way is a slow, cultural change (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43974757)

The only people who are going to go out an eat a bug are the very daring Fear Factor types. Heck, I know rural kids who won't touch seafood because they never grew up w/ it and the smells/sights are off-putting. But, in a country were there's nothing close to a food shortage, good luck promoting a new, very small, very gross alternative!

Guess it depends on how hungry you get... (1)

Kaitiff (167826) | about a year ago | (#43974935)

When McBurgers are readily and cheaply available I doubt you'll see a huge increase in insects in our diet. The parts of the world where bugs are common in the diet are also places that can't afford to raise cattle and pigs etc. As contrary and diverse as our Western culture has become it might be possible to introduce this as a 'cool' alternative, at least in part. Personally I've eaten grasshopper and ants. Both were presented as delicacies, the ants as chocolates and I don't even recall how I ate the grasshopper, but I didn't just catch it flying by and pop it in my mouth. I did watch a special on I believe African food and they showed them peeling open a very large beetle to eat, which almost caused me to lose my lunch. It's all in the presentation I suppose.

PETI (1)

CoderFool (1366191) | about a year ago | (#43975059)

Enough is enough! How dare they suggest we cage those happy go lucky free range cute little buggers and raise them for our FOOD! What's wrong with them? I am hereby announcing the formation of PETI, People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects. We need to treat the insects humanely and not cage them. It's bad enough that we poison them, zap them, or otherwise murder these helpless little creatures when all they are doing is trying to survive in this cruel world. We need to show our support for our little friends by letting the termites eat our houses, the cockroaches raid our pantries, and treat those mosquitoes, leeches, and ticks to a fine blood meal. This is how we can show them thanks for all they do for us.

it's all about.. (1)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#43975085)

perception and packaging. We aren't use to eating insects and as such we don't find it appetizing, even though in many parts of the world, they have found them to be delicacies. But, say for example someone makes a chocolate flavor protein shake where the protein comes from insects, that will be palatable. I would have a hard time trusting myself to eating insects, especially considering the amount of pesticides these creatures are subject too.

this is more work than they think (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | about a year ago | (#43975141)

Sure it looks nice next to your kitchen aid blender right now, but these bugs will make it look like crap in a few days.

I spent a good many years of my life taking care of reptiles. Part of this involved growing all kinds of food items from fruit flies to cockroaches. Most of these things turn their housings into a shit encrusted shell relatively quickly. it's not the kind of thing you want in the kitchen. It also quickly turns into a ton of work. You'd have to be feeding your bugs every day, cleaning up the shit, removing dead bugs.

It was a ton of work to raise crickets and mealworms to keep a few lizards alive. It would be even harder if i was raising them to feed me. I've got no issues with eating bugs. I've done it a lot actually. I'd prefer to just pay someone to raise them for me though.

One word (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975275)

Aquaponics. Grow vegetables and fish symbiotically.

grasshoppers actually taste really good. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43975455)

I grew up nearby a field in the country side and used to go catch grasshoppers and pan fried them. They're the best tasting food ever.

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