The hard left has been trying to normalize bug-based diets, but there’s a really good reason that so many of us are grossed out by it.
It’s this little thing called a ‘survival instinct’.
We get grossed out by the thought of eating bugs for the same reason that we are grossed out by the smell of rancid meat. It’s not good for us.
Hollywood A-listers (if there still is such a thing) have been taking turns pitching the ‘hot’ new trend of shoving bugs into your face.
They wag their fingers at us from atop a soapbox while telling us all the world does it and we’re just too uptight to open up to such reasonable sources of protein. If they’re so eager for creative protein sources, they’re welcome to start serving up all those rescue pets euthanized by by the ‘animal rights’ societies at some of the big soirees. You wouldn’t want fluffy to die in vain, after all.
Coming back to the bugs, they hate the idea of traditional farming and want us all to switch out our meat-rich meals loaded with beef, chicken, pork and a few other similar two and four legged animal-based sources for six-legged critters.
They want Simba’s story to be OUR story…
The problem is, when Simba ate bugs, he was denying his own nature and listening to idiots while the world he was supposed to be a part of slid into chaos. It was only hen he stopped running away from who he was, took his place among the other lions and stopped eating bugs, he became positive change in the world.
And you know what’s funny about that? Scientific studies are backing up our natural impulse to be grossed out by that. Just like we were nauseated by the idea of bat soup back when we were told the story (read: lie) that’s where Wuflu came from, we’re grossed out by eating grubs.
Turns out, those instincts are right on point.
With the rise of interest in eating everything from mealworms and crickets to — you guessed it — cockroaches, a European study was commissioned to look at whether these bugs being added our part of the food chain could be a transmission vector for any unpleasantness. It came out in 2019, but the facts are even more relevant today than when they first came out.
Here’s a screenshot of the source:
…The aim of this study was to identify and evaluate the developmental forms of parasites colonizing edible insects in household farms and pet stores in Central Europe and to determine the potential risk of parasitic infections for humans and animals. …
Uh-huh. Sounds altogether nasty. What did they find?
Before we even get to the parasite part, we see something they learned about the food-production practices about these commercial insect breeders.
During the research in individual farms, we observed unethical practices of individual breeders, such as feeding insects with animal feces from a pet shop, feeding insects with corpses of smaller animals, or feeding insects with moldy food and even raw meat. These practices significantly reduce the quality of the final product and undermine the microbiological / parasitological safety of such food. Currently, however, there are no regulations regarding zoohygienic conditions and the welfare of these animals as potential animals for food. Although the research was conducted on amateur insect farms, most were not found to be seriously flawed. Breeding of edible insects carried out in places not intended for this purpose (houses) can lead to additional danger for humans. In the course of the study, we recorded individual cases of spreading insects from farms, which resulted in rooms infestation, eg. by cockroaches or crickets. Another example is the possibility of transmission of parasites such as Cryptosporidium spp. on human aerogenically, therefore if the farms are unprotected well or there is a lack of hygiene in contact with insects, such invasions may occur. (Emphasis added)
If your food feasts on corpses and feces, can you really call it food?
But as we go deeper to the conclusion of the article, we see something else.
Parasitic developmental forms were detected in 244 (81.33%) out of 300 (100%) examined insect farms. In 206 (68.67%) of the cases, the identified parasites were pathogenic for insects only; in 106 (35.33%) cases, parasites were potentially parasitic for animals; and in 91 (30.33%) cases, parasites were potentially pathogenic for humans.
And because we all know someone will be sure to raise this objection, thinking it’s an ‘own’ let’s address it. ‘What about John the Baptist? He ate bugs.
‘Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.’
That was taken from Leviticus chapter 11.
20 “All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable to you. 21 Yet among the winged insects that go on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to hop on the ground. 22 Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. 23 But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable to you.
In that text, most insects are verboten for human consumption. But locusts are the exception. If you’re starving in the wilderness, you don’t have to roll over and die, you can eat grasshoppers. What’s special about grasshoppers — and most of the foods called clean in Leviticus? The ‘clean’ foods stand out by what THEY eat. In other words, foods that probably won’t give you parasites are safe to eat.
Also, John the Baptist wasn’t running a locust farm, nor was he a bee-keeper. They were ‘free-range’ so to speak. These commercially-produced insects are a whole other issue.
Strictly speaking, it would be correct to say that Jesus called all food ceremonially ‘clean’, meaning that believers were no longer to worry about the *moral* component of eating this or that food as somehow innately sinful.
But that doesn’t mean that they would have gone out of their way to start stuffing their face with the 1st century equivalent of roadkill just because it’s not ‘forbidden’.
Let them have their bugs. For my self, I’m gonna stick to my steak, bacon and eggs, thank-you very much.
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