Women in Science & Engineering on Nautilus: If Bugs Are Sentient, Should We Eat Them?

millions of people around the world have long sought out insects and regularly, intentionally consumed them. They do not pluck bugs from under the bed or the dusty attic, of course, but forage for sources of fresh protein and other nutrients in the wild or purchase prepared insects or insect flour at traditional markets. In fact, humans eat over 1,600 species of insects. “The Western abhorrence of eating insects is unusual on a global scale,” note naturalist David Raubenheimer and anthropologist Jessica M. Rothman. Westerners may clamor for honey without fully recognizing that when ingesting it they are consuming regurgitated bee products, but people in many countries consciously embrace a wide variety of bugs as food.
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