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Who had the idea that we should eat insects?
Eating insects (or Entomophagy as it is known by scientists), has been a regular part of the human diet for thousands of years. Ancient Greek mythology and religious manuscripts make reference to human consumption of insects such as locusts.. More than 2 billion people in the world today, across many countries and cultures eat insects as a regular and important part of their daily nutritional intake.
Why eat insects?
In 2013 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, released a paper endorsing edible insects as a future prospect for future food and feed security.
In response, farming and supply of edible insects to the western world has commenced in earnest and is becoming more commonplace throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America. Australia is now joining the movement. Fast forward 20 years and our grocery baskets will include edible insects as a nutritional staple.
Why are edible Insects part of our farming future?
See this SBS documentary on Farming for the Future.
Are Australians willing to eat insects?
Our experience shows that most Australians are willing to taste edible insects, with those who choose not to taste them, being in the minority. Media regularly reports that many 'westerners' find edible insects distasteful and will not try them - but we have not found this to be the case. In fact at our events, edible insects have been a very popular curiosity and most attending the events have been willing to give them a try. Our success is in showing how easily insects can be combined with other healthy food to make a delicious meal.
What insects do Taste Bugs use in their presentations?
Supply is limited in Australia. We currently use ants, crickets and mealworms in our recipes. We are continually experimenting with new ways to make eating insects more palatable and easy for Australian families and are working to improve supply range and pricing to ensure that the range we offer continues to improve and expand.
Are bugs clean to eat?
Farmed insects are fed quality vegetable matter and undergo rigorous assessment to ensure that the produce that reaches our plates is fit for human consumption. When insects are carefully farmed, they are subject to less bacteria and disease than other forms of farmed protein such as beef or pork.
Where can I buy edible insects?
Supply of edible insects in Australia is in its infancy. We are currently working on establishing a regular and reliable source of edible insects. Contact us if you'd like to learn more or return to this page at a future date and we'll update it as soon as more information becomes available.
How are edible insects killed?
This is a question that you can ask your suppliers. There are a variety of methods used to anaesthetise or euthanise the insects which vary according to farming practice.