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Thursday, May 16, 2013

On A Stick At the State Fair?

Of late, more and more delicacies are finding their way to the food hawkers at state fairs around the country. We here in the Dairy State usually copy what our westerly neighbors devise: chocolate-covered bacon on a stick comes to mind most recently. Of course, bacon and chocolate is a natural pairing, but how about a chocolate-covered cicada on a stick? Perhaps...soon.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization recently shocked our part of the world by suggesting that insects might soon be the answer to the world food problem. Face it, in a world where over a billion people are chronically hungry (according to the U.N.),  insects as a source of protein is not a far-fetched idea. In fact, North Americans might be the only demographic that does not already eat various insects. Worldwide, it's a common phenomenon. I know the markets in Cambodia were chock full of all sorts of creepy-crawlies dressed up for consuming.
There are several positive aspects to entomophagy: there is a definite surplus of things like beetles, caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers, crickets and cicadas; they are all brimming with edible protein, something the world desperately needs; as food, they often take little or no time to prepare (as seen on Man vs Wild); best of all, perhaps, is that there would be no significant environmental toll if more of our food came in this fashion.
Of course, not every Wendy's is jumping on the buggy bandwagon, but at the Petty Cash Taqueria in, I believe, New York City, you CAN get a cricket taco...and don't think other crafty restauranteurs won't jump on THAT bandwagon soon enough.
I think I'd be ok having it ground into a burger...after all, there's already plenty of stuff in that burger that I don't want to know about.
But I'd need a chaser of some kind.


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