Eating Bugs

There’s been some discussion lately, around and about, relating to a push to normalize the eating of insects by humans. Mealworms, etc. One reference here.


One does have to wonder, though, why? Why on earth would there be any sort of campaign to do this?

There are various theories, of course. One of the more interesting ones is that it’s part of a campaign of psychological warfare against the public, similar to transgenderism and pedophilia normalization. If they can get you to accept the unacceptable, that has a demoralizing effect which makes you easier to control. It also serves to prove (to them) that you are controllable, so it occurs to me that some of the motivation here might simply be the elite wanting to test the limits of their power.

However, at least in relation to the eating bugs question, I also think there’s something more mundane (and therefore dangerous) going on.

The shift from meat eating to plant eating to bug eating is probably about maximizing profitability. Meat is the least profitable means of food production, due to how long it takes for animals to grow, the expense of feeding them, keeping them safe and healthy, butchering them and keeping the meat frozen. Plants, particularly cash crops, are more profitable, for a variety of reasons. However, growing food plants still requires large tracts of land which deteriorate over time, and large investments relating to things like irrigation, weed control, fertilization, harvesting (even mechanical harvesting), and transport. Most plants other than dried grains are also highly perishable.

Bugs, on the other hand, could potentially feed on garbage (or, perish the thought, human remains) while being kept in a great big bucket or tray, which could then simply be dumped out to “harvest” them. Potentially, each local landfill (or morgue) could be turned into a “food” production facility. Yikes. Presumably, due to the quickness of the insect life cycle, production could also be easily scaled in order to meet variable demand, which would help to keep storage costs minimized. Producers also wouldn’t have to deal with problems associated with weather variation of the sort that’s decimated a lot of grain growers this year.

Financially, it sounds like a huge win, if you don’t care how disgusting and offensive and evil it is. I also have questions relating to nutritional value. If bugs were such a great nutrition source for the human body, obviously we would have been eating them all along, but we don’t do that, so obviously they are not all that great. Relying on such a non-optimal source as the primary staple in the human diet, therefore, is a really bad idea. But you know whoever is behind this certainly doesn’t care, and is certainly going to make every effort to bury potential health risks. They already do that, have been doing it for decades, and look at how unhealthy the population is as a result.

For now, I’m in wait-and-see mode, mainly because I don’t see much that I could do to help the situation. I rely primarily on meat from small producers, and so far the increased popularity of veganism just means more meat available for me. I realize, though, that it’s a slippery slope. If we reach the point where small meat producers start going out of business because of declining sales, then I’m in trouble. A bigger danger, though, is that of moral panic. If meat producers start having to worry about being assaulted or vandalized by “activists,” that would motivate a lot of them to voluntarily go out of business, and would have a disproportionate effect on small producers. Moral panic could also motivate legislatures to enact stupid laws and regulations designed to suppress meat production, “for our own good.” Keep an eye on California, they are the bellwether. Whatever stupid foolishness is next going to seize the country, it’ll probably happen first in California.

Scary times.