The Edible Insect –  Introduction

The Edible Insect – Introduction


Welcome to The Edible Insect. My name is
Chris Young and I will be taking you on my journey to find out all about eating insects or
“entomophagy” as it’s known. Did you know that insects can provide very similar levels of protein and
vitamin b12 as beef for a fraction of the impact on
the environment? So really the only thing that’s stopping
us eating insects is the cultural perception that insects are just a yucky thing to eat
disease carrying, etc. The reality is they’re actually cleaner than a
lot of things we eat. I mean if you eat lobster or prawns
for example they are very similar genetically to insects but they feed on the bottom on dead fish etc. and quite often on the
excretor of other fish as well and
we’re quite happy to eat those am so insect actually a lot cleaner plus
they are a long way away from us genetically
so it’s very difficult for them to pass over anything that’s going to
cause us harm so they’re actually a fantastic food
source and it’s really just culturally. Now I can understand if someone gives you a
scorpion or a worm, you’re not really going to want to eat it
but what if it was turned into a flour and you can just make it into bread or
cake or something and get your nutritional benefits without even knowing what you are eating? Apparently they taste great. I say
apparently because I’ve yet to taste some myself that’s why I wanted to start this whole
journey with you right at the beginning before I’ve even tried any. I’m going to order some mealworms in next
week and a start raising them and take you through that process so
hopefully you’ll join me and we can do this together and
learn how we can not only increase our intake inexpensively, a great way to
increase our intake of protein and vitamin b12 but also help the
environment as well. So I’m looking forward to taking you on that
journey. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on
Facebook, Twitter or comment on the video.

3 thoughts on “The Edible Insect – Introduction”

  1. I think it's awesome that your doing this, sharing your experience and knowledge to help everyone gain more wisdom. I've been moving toward a more vegan diet but I know there are a few problems with that diet, so I studied herbs and that help give me the balance that meat-eaters & vegans are missing. 

    I've had crickets which I've fried them and roasted them, they have like a popcorn taste. I've done my homework on them before buying and now I wish to dive into entomophagy even more. I was thinking about doing videos on dieting aside from my philosophy vlogs, and I can't wait to see what else you post.

  2. Would like it if the environmental impact graphic also included the amount of water that is saved.  Was thinking of ways to promote the idea.  Replace your Chicken of the Sea with Shrimp of the Land.   Anyway, you are inspiring me.  I've been obsessing over wanting to do this very project with my grandchildren.  I haven't yet tasted an insect either.  We will be watching your journey.

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