Did you know that in 80% of the world’s countries eat bugs?! About 2 billion people eat more than 1,400 different species of arthropod. Eew, no thanks! I know that I am not the only one who cringes at the thought of eating insects but it is what seems to be an inevitable way of eating in our future. Many forward-thinking chefs have already hopped on board and regularly prepare them in dishes.
We were invited to browse The Orkin Ecologist, a great educational resources for science lovers and ecology enthusiasts of all ages, and then create a project with my kids inspired by all the creepy yet fun things we read about. Our #EEKologist project is about entomophagy which is the consumption of insects as food including arachnids and myriapods. We made bug crafts and listed some interesting facts we learned about eating bugs.
Footprint Bee – yellow footprint, black marker, wax paper wings, googly eye
Fingerprint Ants – black paint, black marker
Mealworms – striped pipe cleaners
Beetle – 1 medium and 1 small black pom pom cut in half, glue down, use black marker for legs
Toe Print Caterpillar – green paint, googly eye, marker, leaf shape cut out from green craft foam or construction paper
Handprint Tarantula – black handprints overlapping, 8 googly eyes, paper plate (optional)
- They have a high nutritional value and generally contain more protein than fat.
- We need a way to feed the world’s growing population and it may serve as a solution to world hunger.
- It is a “greener” and more efficient food source.
- They are considered a delicacy in many countries.