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Should Americans eat more bugs?

Bugs have recently attracted public attention as a sustainable source of protein, and incorporating them into our diet could allow for both environmental and personal health benefits. In fact, bugs are eaten all across the globe, and are only associated with disgust primarily within Western countries. However, many can't help but scrunch up their nose at the thought of eating these creatures, and are highly suspicious about their taste and health benefits. Should the U.S. and other Western countries incorporate bugs into their diet?


The Case For Eating Bugs

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner, Until They're Tastier, Maybe

Your Ancestors Probably Ate Insects. So What's Bugging You?

Additional resources to think about

Bugs are sustainable food, but how do you convince people to eat them?

An article that suggests alternative ways to present bugs within food, of which may convince the general public to eat them.

Cooking with Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

An article and interview that explores cicada consumption and preparation, while also shedding light on Americans' prior insect consumption.

I Hate to Break it to You, but You Already Eat Bugs

An article that details FDA's regulations concerning insects within food, and notes specifically the foods that you may have already eaten bugs from.


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