Your local entomophage

Submitted by Nick H on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 09:39

Since I lived in Bangkok a few years back I've picked up the habit of entomophagy or insect eating.

Anyone who's watched I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here will have seen the practice of eating insects as a dare or challenge. For me (while I was in a country I could get large quantities of the stuff), there was no challenge about it. Insects were a major part of my diet.

I've eaten ants, grasshoppers, caterpillars and other larvae. I've even eaten scorpion. 

The question is, will entomophagy be included under the meat licence proposal?

Cockroach are indeed the

Cockroach are indeed the dirtiest insects you can see. Eating insects is normal but not all insects can be eaten. Some locust can be a good food cuz they only eat leaves not like other insects who lives in a filthy place like sinks and canals.

Insects are safe to eat but

Insects are safe to eat but not all. Cockroach is one filthy insects that cannot be eaten. I myself tried eating locust and i find it delicious.

Correction: Your local entomophage

 I should add, scorpions aren't insects, they're arachnids. It's another branch of arthropods entirely, and I included them under the term entomophagy for purposes of simplicity.

Unintentional entomophagy

Unintentional entomophagy occurs widely because it is impossible to entirely eliminate pest insects from the food chain.

Thus when you eat food such as grains, sweetcorn, canned fruit, peanut butter, and ground spices, you're accidentally consuming fragments of insects and insect eggs that have been caught up during food processing. Food laws allow for this contamination (within certain levels).

If entomophagy were covered under the meat licence proposal, this could have a serious knock-on effect for most non-meat foods. Remember the humble insect with your next forkful of rice or morsel of bread!


Snails and Frogs

I agree that there is a case for including animals beyond those traditionally consumed in the U.K. in the licencing considerations but, The Meat Licence Proposal is primarily intended as a law for U.K. consumers in the first instance.

It seems to me that the areas of the Proposal most in need of development are: 'Categorisation' (What animals are included?)  'Licencing' (How is the licence obtained?)

Would you agree?