“I was taught from a young age that bugs are dirty and it’s difficult to change that”, a commenter writes. The repulsive feeling caused by the thought of eating bugs, seems to be a rather expected reaction given that most people are not used to thinking of insects as food.

First instinct

“The appearance of many insects is a rather visceral turn-off for me when it comes to my appetite”, explains employee Marlon. Other commenters seem to have an agreeable attitude when it comes to eating bugs. From having a phobia of insects to being ‘simply disgusting’, eating insects for lunch in university seems like a move people are unlikely to make. The idea that bugs aren’t meant to be eaten and health concerns are some other reasons given by commenters as to why they decide to stay away of having a bug-filled sandwich.

Full-course dinner

Still, there are some people amongst the crowd who are not totally disgusted by this uncommon meat alternative. Trying to bring a positive outlook on this Marlon says: “I think you can make them quite easily unrecognizable in some dishes, and I believe that you can make almost anything that is edible delicious”. It seems that the ideas have already started flowing as commenters write that they would consider having fried insects in spring rolls or maybe even putting together delicious cricket-filled tacos.

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Looking more into it

While it looks like eating insects is the natural progression towards a more sustainable consumption, there are still some factors that need to be considered. Carl, a student, asks: “What do you think about the methods used to produce these animals as cheaply as possible? Would it be without chemicals or GMO? Will they also breed organic or biodynamic insects?”

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