A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but name it skunk, who’d even smell it? “Boneless lean beef trimmings.” have been going into hot dogs for years. Name it “pink slime” and parents scream, “Not in my child’s lunchroom!”
But wait! World populations are exploding, global warming about to flood out the Maldives, eventually huge swathes of arable coast land, also water shortages, over-fishing, etc., and we start running out of food, especially proteins. Luckily, there remains a huge untapped resource. Unluckily it has a name as bad as Pink Slime. It is Bugs.
Ancient Greeks and Romans considered stag-beetle grubs delicious. Moses and the ancient Hebrews ate locusts. [Leviticus 11 - 21,22] So did John the Baptist. [Mark 1,6] Tasty tidbits in the Middle East and Africa, include locusts, grubs, worms, and beetles. Modern day tourists to Cambodia are offered deep-fried tarantula. Man Eating Bugs‚ The Art and Science of Eating Insects, describes toasted grub as like "a tender cheese omelette rolled in a smoky philo-dough shell," and that Ugandan termites taste like "roasted peanut skins, only juicier."
By 2050, 9 billion will be needing three squares a day and there won’t be enough vertebrate protein to feed them. Dire necessity will turn everyone into bug gourmets.
At the bottom of the food chain, bugs are eaten by other bugs and virtually all other animals. Their sheer mass exceeds that of any other species. In the wild, they reproduce rapidly and prodigiously. Once scientists figure out how to farm them, insect protein could keep a world of 20 billion going.
On a single acre, a factory bug farm rising ten to twenty stories, powered by the sun, temperature and humidity controlled, needing no tilling and little tending, only moisture and plant-derived food, could produce bugs by the trillions, a new “crop” in weeks for some species, vacuumed directly into processing units to be rendered into food proteins in a huge variety of textures and flavors. Celebrity chefs will devise thousands of recipes—appetizers to desserts—all bug protein.
Vegetarians will have to decide whether or not to partake, yet in a dozen or so generations, the very idea of eating animal flesh will turn stomachs, as if some "reality show" forced you to rip bloody flesh from freshly slain animals with your teeth, like our cave ancestors. Ugh! Please pass the caterpillars.