Recently, someone sent me an e-mail that they had received from someone who went to see the Beijing Olympics.The e-mail contained pictures from a tourist area. The location appeared clean and pleasantly prepared for the vast amount of worldly visitors there for the Olympic occasion.
Historically, what we eat has to do with sociological and economic surroundings. But really, where should one draw the line on what is acceptable food?
In the US we hear rumors that in Asian countries dogs are bred not for companionship as man’s best friend but, as for food and fur. We do virtually the same thing with cows, the sacred animal in India. We can spend hundreds of dollars on the right companion canine because we know they will be our best friend and always be there for us. Millions of unwanted dogs are euthanize yearly in the US.
I found a website devoted to Entomophagy , insect eating. I am sure that, unknowingly, at some time everyone has eaten a bug or two. According to the bug website, there are 1,462 recorded species of edible insects. FYI: 100 grams of cricket contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 g. of fat, 5.1 g. of carbohydrates, 75.8 mg. calcium, 185.3 mg. of phosphorous, 9.5 mg. of iron, 0.36 mg. of thiamin, 1.09 mg. of riboflavin, and 3.10 mg. of niacin. Compare this with ground beef, which, although it contains more protein (23.5 g.), also has 288.2 calories and a whopping 21.2 grams of fat!
Having said all that, I think I’ll stick to my love for an occasional hamburger on my dinner plate and my best friend curled up to my feet while I swat that fly that has been annoying me all morning.