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Eat Bugs not Cats

Postby WildernessReturn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:29 am

:D "Don't eat the Warm and Fuzzies...." Suzanne
Ok now, there is an area that is really overlooked for food sources, except for some who have Military or Survivalist Training.

Bugs, Eating Bugs, Raising Bugs

High in Protein, not animals, not fish, not poultry so this can can be eaten by Vegans. Bugs have been consumed by people and our pets for tens of thousands of years. In most countries in the world except for some of the Northern Hemisphere countries, bugs of all types are regularly eaten. With the quick growth of these critters, along with the small area needed to raise them to the point of consumption, this makes them a good alternative to our traditional menu's.

Ug,, arrg, not me, yuk, gross etc etc, I can hear you all now, well let me tell you, when you are tired, hungry, covered in pig shit from the French Commando Course, you eat the bugs that they offer. When you are short of food during an Ex in Wainwright Alberta with tens of millions of Tent Caterpillars roaming around. YOU eat them, and they taste very nice with some Mayo or Honey Mustard in a sandwich.
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Here are some links on how to prepare them and some background on Bugs for consumption in other words Entomology for the Future.
Entomophagy Diet Supplementation Options, by C.N.
= http://survivalblog.com/2012/04/entomop ... by-cn.html
http://survivalblog.com/2012/04/entomophagy-diet-supplementation-options-by-cn.html

Girl Meets Bug
Edible Insects: the Eco-Logical Alternative
http://edibug.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/ ... n-history/
[url]http://edibug.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/bug-dinner-menu-from-1885-entomophagy-in-history/
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Why Not Eat Insects
http://bugsandbeasts.com/whynoteatinsects/
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[url]http://bugsandbeasts.com/whynoteatinsects/
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The only problem I have with any of the references are they are saying to eat Bees. Bees do more good out of our bellies, flying around doing their important part for the environment. They are also becoming endangered, so lets not eat them, but help to establish some rest stations, create some natural move in hives or allow Bee Keepers to put some boxes/hives on our properties.
Eat Wasps, eat any wasps that come your way, feed them to your pets, feed them to you fish, who cares, they kill bees are everywhere and attack all the time, yellow jackets should be tasty too! :twisted:


The following chart is reproduced from Iowa State University's web site. It shows how some insects as food compare to lean ground beef and broiled cod.



Insect Protein (g) Fat (g) Carbs Calcium (mg) Iron (mg)
Giant Water Beetle 19.8 8.3 2.1 43.5 13.6
Red Ant . 13.9 3.5 3.9 47.8 5.7
Silk Worm Pupae . 9.6 5.6 2.3 41.7 1.8
Dung Beetle . 17.2 4.3 .2 30.9 7.7
Cricket . 12.9 5.5 5.1 75.8 9.5
Grasshopper . 20.6 6.1 3.9 35.2 5.0
Grasshopper . 14.3 3.3 2.2 27.5 3.0
June Beetle . 13.4 1.4 2.9 22.6 6.0
Caterpillar . 28.2 N/A N/A N/A 35.5
Caterpillar . 9.7 N/A N/A N/A 1.9
Termite . 14.2 N/A N/A N/A 3.5
Weevil . 6.7 N/A N/A N/A 13.1
Beef (Lean) . 27.4 N/A N/A N/A 3.5
Fish (Cod) . 28.5 N/A N/A N/A 1.0

Ok, lets keep on topic and not degenerate, cheers and

Question; so those little bugs that get in the food, the tiny black specks in rice or wheat, can they be eaten?
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List of Edible Insects

Postby WildernessReturn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:32 am

List of Edible Insects

Bugs you can eat, from A to Z!
http://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/

No they left out a very important worm, The Tequila Worm... :lol:

Here are some more links to Edible insects Image

[url]http://www.food-info.net/uk/products/insects/intro.htm
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http://www.ent.wur.nl/UK/Edible+insects/Worldwide+species+list/

https://sites.google.com/site/insecteuropeenglish/list-of-edible-insects

http://www.ehow.com/list_6469540_list-edible-insects.html
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby WildernessReturn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:49 am

Are Bugs A Part of Your Diet?
Product...................................Action Level
Apple butter..............................5 insects per 100g
Berries....................................4 larvae per 500g OR 10 whole insects per 500g
Ground paprika.........................75 insect fragments per 25g
Chocolate...............................80 microscopic insect fragments per 100g
Canned sweet corn.....................2 3mm-length larvae, cast skins or fragments
Cornmeal................................1 insect per 50g
Canned mushrooms...................20 maggots per 100g
Peanut butter.........................60 fragments per 100g (136 per lb)
Tomato paste, pizza,
and other sauces.....................30 eggs per 100g OR 2 maggots per 100g
Wheat flour...........................75 insect fragments per 50g

Source: The Food Defect Action Levels: Current Levels for Natural or Unavoidable Defects for Human Use that Present No Health Hazard. Department of Health & Human Services 1989.
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby susannah755 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:52 am

WildernessReturn wrote: by WildernessReturn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:59 am
:D "Don't eat the Warm and Fuzzies...." Suzanne
Ok now, there is an area that is really overlooked for food sources, except for some who have Military or Survivalist Training.

Bugs, Eating Bugs, Raising Bugs


:D Yay! Thanks WildE ....I knew you were a nice person :D
Great links too, thank you.
I found the following clip about the bugs you get in rice and wheat (apparently they are edible, but the clip shows how to get them out if you want to)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijKbrHGnUHA

Now all we need are some nice "bug" recipes! :twisted:
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby WildernessReturn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:56 am

see the fist 4-7 links posted all of them contain Recipes
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby susannah755 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:00 am

WildE ...oops...I skimmed through them and then went back and had another look :oops: ...All of the bug recipes in your post could be altered to suit any protein source for those people not willing to have "crunchy, wiggly things" in their food! There are some warnings for people with food allergies...I wonder if eating bugs would have the same effect on those of us who can't eat chocolate?..."bug induced migraine"? :cry:
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby Perfesser » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:48 am

Cats are too warm and fuzzy, bugs are too creepy.
I'm surprised actually. I thought I was pretty open minded about eating things but I guess I have my limits too.
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby susannah755 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:36 am

I think if you're hungry enough you'll eat anything! I've eaten some weird stuff (tasted is probably a better word) so I'm doing my best to make sure we don't have to. But, it's good to have the info anyway. Much better to have the knowledge and not need it....(I've never eaten bugs voluntarily.......I swallowed one once by accident :shock: )
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby farmgal » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:58 am

Good links, I will need some time to go though them, Think we should link it up to the wild forage posts though as it is a good and proper wild crafter skill as well as a possable bug farmer :)

I have eaten a few different bugs and or worms over the years, can't say they did a darn thing in the taste department for me, they do have a gag factor if you think about it to much for me at least, they are survival food or foodie food depending on where I am and why I'm doing it, example, a friend served chocolate covered ants at a party as part of a course.. She knew us well, all of us eat them LOL

But the rest of the times, it was all about what is safe and to look for in a push come shove need food reason, here it is.. get over it and try it..

Have to admit that I have a thing about catapillars, that would be a hard one for me, its a childhood thing but they wig me in large numbers, I was little about six or so, and a group of green had formed a ball on a overhang to the porch overnight and I went running out in overalls and duck boots, no shirt and slammed the door and they fell down and into me, it was the drop and roll and scream like a little girl (well I was a little girl) and then big brother thought it was fun for years afterwards to drop worms or catapillars down my shirts in the back to see me freakout about it.. finally was able to pull it together enough at about 12 or so not to react, which meant he finally stopped doing it.. love the big brother but he can be such a @^@& then and now LOL

Opps, that was a ramble.. sorry..
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Re: Bugs not Cats

Postby ranger2012 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:05 pm

I have eaten at one time or another, almost every known rodent in Canada, almost. Don’t forget people, that the rodent species covers rabbit, opossum, beaver, muskrat, porcupine and a few others that escapes my mind. Damn, forgot the furry tailed tree rat. All can be baked, broiled, boiled BBQ’d,stewed, covered in clay and baked (my fav.) and in a few instances thrown in the fire first to get rid of some disease carrying pest. Even fresh road kill will fill the stew pot, yum-yum, right Wild E. Any thing can taste good with some wild onions/garlic and herbs. Although I would be hard press to eat a dog or cat.
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