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Grasshoppers on the menu

July 31, 2013

Scientific American takes a look at cultural and social identity around food, and how that can play into malnutrition and food availability.


In non-Western cultures insects are an important food source, providing proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Where eating insects is a norm, people can tell the difference between good insects and bad insects and identify seasonal differences in arthropodal food choices (when to harvest larval states, which adults to avoid, etc.) However, what’s becoming clear is that as Western cultural ideas have spread, the potential for this food option is shrinking.

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