Have you thought of eating mosquitoes for dinner? Insects are a very good source of protein, vitamins, lipids and minerals and should be eaten instead of being sprayed with insecticide. Insecticides not only pollute the environment but also cause resistance among their target insects.
Eat insects instead of spraying them
Forget the fact that insects transmit diseases. If well grilled or prepared, there is no possibility of these nasty arthropods to transmit any disease to man or livestock. Why should you eat those insects instead of spraying them?
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- Most insects are a rich source of cheap proteins, minerals, vitamins and fats and should be eaten for a healthier you. Crickets, cicadas, caterpillars, locusts, beetle grubs, grasshoppers and praying mantises can all be eaten.
- Insects are hardy and can survive the worst of floods as well as drought unlike other plants and animals that we depend on for food.
- Eating insects does not pollute the environment unlike spraying them with dangerous aerosols such as Organochlorines which have a long half life and therefore persist in the environment for long.
- Eating insects will regulate their populations and therefore enhance ecological stability.
- Preparation of insects for a meal consumes less fuel and therefore conserves the environment compared to any other animal proteins available as food.
Which insects should you eat?
Nearly all insects can be eaten without any danger but some are preferred because of their special nutritive value. The following insects are a rich source of nutrients and should be eaten.
a) Crickets are a rich source of calcium which is required for proper teeth and bone development
b) Sago palm weevils found in Papua new guinea contain a lot of unsaturated fat which is healthier for the heart
c) Termites are rich in iron which is important in hemoglobin formation and prevention of anemia.
d) Silk moth larvae are rich in copper, zinc, and iron which are important regulators of metabolic reactions.
e) Caterpillars of the moth genus Gonimbrasia (mopane worms) are very rich in protein.
f) The Australian Witchetty grub is also used by natives as a direct source of proteins, fats and minerals.
These and many more insects can and are eaten the world over, a culture that needs to be further developed. If mosquitoes could be eaten, then malaria and other mosquito borne diseases would be a thing of the past. Are you in or out? Start eating those insects instead of spraying them!
Encyclopedia of Entomology edited by Capinera, John
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