I have concieved of includiing the followiing food sources in the diet: insects(amongst which worms and nightcrawlers, meal worms), rats and guinea pigs. Any criticisms(constructive of course) or recommendations for weird, easily cultivable/sustainable food sources. Has anyone any experience with entomophagy a.k.a the consumption of insects??? What thoughts?
I've started eating bugs, but didn't worK up the nerve for it until the very end of bug season, so my knowledge base is on suspension until springtime.
Crickets and rolly-pollies are okay, I'll attest to that, but I think I'll pass on the angleworms and night crawlers, thank you. Their guts are so full dirt, I hear you have to starve them for a day or two before they're (just barely) palatable. They're not insects anyway, they're anelids (sp?). For that matter, neither are rolly-pollies, they're terrestrial shrimp.
Keep us posted on your insectivorous adventures. We need variety in our menus around here.
I have not tried eating insects myself, but always wanted to try them. I have enjoyed snails in France and I absolutely LOVED them!!! I wish I had a snail farm so I could eat them more frequently.
I know Yamomami eat grubs (they look like tree worms to me).
I used to know a US marine. They teach them what insects are edible.
I know one tribe that eats rats in India. People eat guinea pigs in South America. They eat dog meat in South Korea.
If you feel up to it, do some research about edible insects and alternative meat sources. I have tried rabbit meat, it is very sweet and tasty. I also have tried venison and buffalo meat. I prefer buffalo.
I think those all are wonderful sources of protein and they also are very nutritious. I would not eat a rat though, because I live in a big city and city rats carry all kinds of infections.
Here is something for you to read - http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/disease_emergence/Chapter5.pdf
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