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Would you eat a burger made from crickets?

Asked by Cruiser (40421points) June 21st, 2016

A scientist has developed a way to make a protein rich meat substitute out of bugs. Looks pretty good I might add. With the ever growing food crisis around the world coupled with green house gas emissions associated with animal farming….bug burgers seem to address these pressing issues. Are you game or grossed out?

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Seek's avatar

I’m down. I’ve eaten candy made with crickets before. Crunchy but mostly flavorless. They would require some extra seasoning. Maybe sriracha.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well….of course there is always the “EW!” psychological factor, which is always available to 1st world, well fed humans.

But, from the sound of your article, and from @Seek‘s comment, it sounds like they’d have to be heavily processed, with artificial additives, to approximate beef.

Cruiser's avatar

@Dutchess_III If you get a chance do watch the video….fascinating as the to level of development they have achieved to get the look, taste, smell and texture of beef. Probably not in my lifetime but I do see down the road humans will have to make some hard choices on how and where they get their protein as farm raising animals is hugely impactful on our environment in a negative way and some day there won’t be enough farm animals to feed the ever hungry world. According to the video, bugs require a fraction of the energy and carbon foot print to produce a similar amount of protein. I see a day where real animal meat will be a luxury afforded only to the super rich.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Or, perhaps, more and more people will start eschewing (ha ha!) animal meat in favor of more sustainable farming. I see GMO corn and other fruits and veggies taking the stage.

I shall go watch the video now.

Aster's avatar

At this red hot moment I’d say absolutely never. And that it sounds disgusting. But if I were starving I wouldn’t hesitate.

johnpowell's avatar

Fuck it. Soak the patty in BBQ sauce for a hour and toss it on the grill.

This assumes I am drunk.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Interesting @Cruiser. The last half segued into making “beef” out of plants.

Seek's avatar

I bet my son would love the idea. He has no problem squishing bugs but often laments that eating animals makes him feel sad for the animals. In fact, I’ll ask him.

Coloma's avatar

Only if I was naked and afraid. Otherwise, hell no!

Seek's avatar

Actually, he surprised me.

He says he would be sad for the crickets, too.

Wow.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Take a gander at shellac. It’s the hard, red coating on some candies. It’s made from the female lac bugs who live in the forests of India and Thailand.

“It is processed and sold as dry flakes (pictured) and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish. Shellac functions as a tough natural primer, sanding sealant, tannin-blocker, odour-blocker, stain, and high-gloss varnish.”

josie's avatar

When we got “living off the land” training, we ate the crickets themselves.
I bet the burger is even better.

zenvelo's avatar

Sure. I would eat it, as long as it isn’t too twiggy feeling. Needs to be softened up.

ucme's avatar

Served by Buddy Holly like in Pulp Fiction, he would have some moral issues to tussle with however

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Not even a regular burger let alone a Mac Cricket!

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Sure. I might have difficulty putting a cricket that looks like a cricket in my mouth, but if it’s pulverised into something that looks like a burger or bread or something – all good. I suspect one day it will be commonplace to eat such food. We need to find better ways to feed ourselves.

ibstubro's avatar

I hate crickets.
Why can’t he make it out of grasshoppers.
Yeah, I’d eat a grasshopper burger. Hold the soy sauce. ~

Kardamom's avatar

No. Being a vegetarian precludes me from eating insects.

LostInParadise's avatar

I would be willing to give it a try.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I would need lots of ketchup.

ibstubro's avatar

Hold the soy sauce. Ha, ha. Anybody get it?

Cruiser's avatar

@ibstubro That is not soy sauce that is tobacco sauce….ughhh.

ibstubro's avatar

I admit to not having had a taste test, @Cruiser.

Dutchess_III's avatar

It’s tobacco. Grasshoppers eat tobacco, then they frow up.

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