And how the fuck are you even going to gut or clean bugs? Answer: you won't. Because doing so will destroy the bug and leave you with a mess of bits that evaporate into dust.Kugelfisch wrote: ↑Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:59 amBug farms are ultra expensive and difficult.
You'd have to eat several dozens of grasshoppers to get what a steak would give you. The whole "super dense in protein" shit is a complete lie.
Just look at the fucker. Lots of shell that doesn't do anything for you, guts that don't amount to much and are gross and that's basically it.
Compare that with a cubic centimetre of steak. That's not much but yields more protein than three grasshoppers. What would you rather eat?
Plus there is no magic. The grasshopper doesn't contain any nutrients it didn't consume at some point.
It eats a whole lot of both plants and animals.
The cow also eats a lot but much of that is grass, shit we spend no effort on growing at all and can't eat ourselves. Tons of their feed is just provided by sun and rain.
They ferment it, have bacteria grow in one of their stomachs and then sustain themselves via that bacteria sludge for protein.
Can you turn bacteria into usable protein? The cow can and then you can eat the cow.
Meanwhile, the grasshopper can't do that shit. Every single gram of protein in it is protein they ate you could've eaten instead.
If they were such hot shit and easy to keep, why doesn't the ISS have a bug farm on board?
The cultures that eat bugs are not farming them for food. They're finding them. Usually in big masses as part of some explosive breeding period. Or maybe as part of traditional medicine.
Bug farming (for human consumption) would be a big waste of money to produce a protein source that a) tastes bad b) has a bad reputation c) is inferior to other protein alternatives and d) looks unappetizing. Primitive survivalist communities HARVEST bugs, but they don't FARM bugs. When you're hungry, you'll stick anything in your mouth. But if you're making the decision about what to farm, you'll choose breadfruit, legumes, grains, goats, sheep, chickens, basically anything except bugs.
And who the hell wants a farm where your crop can be destroyed by a stiff breeze or a few birds breaking in?
Then there's the matter of all the processing needed (basically fossil fuel use) to render a pile of gross bugs into a flat, mediocre patty for Movieblobs to consoom. Is that even worth the expense?