Are You Bugged by Bugs?

March 15, 2011 Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef I’ve read in several trade publications lately that the next great food craze is going to be insects. That’s right…bugs!  As a chef, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not the most adventurous person in the world when it comes to food (or what some people consider food).  I can’t even watch much of Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain’s tv shows…the things they eat just totally gross me out. On a rational level, I understand the need to feed people with what’s available.  If predictions hold true and earth is home to 9 billion people by the middle of this century, we’re going to need to be creative about how we find food.  Bugs have been a part of many cultures’ culinary repertoire since the beginning of time.  They’re plentiful, grow easily & quickly, don’t require a lot of space or natural resources, and apparently are a great source of protein.  I’ve also heard that, when prepared properly, they’re really quite tasty. Ugggh.  I’m thinking it might be time to become a vegetarian! I wonder what you call people who eat bugs?  If people who eat fish, but not meat, are called Pescatarians…would that mean people who eat bugs are called Pestatarians? Art by: “The Walt Disney Company”