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I suspect a few of my readers are running for the brain bleach now, but when you think about it eating insect pupae is no stranger than eating shrimp or honey. Insect eating, or entomophagy, isn't just popular in Mexico but throughout the world, in Southern Africa for example or Southeast Asia - in fact Western cultures are unusual in ignoring a tasty source of protein. (I have an entirely unscientific, untested theory that entomophagy is taboo in Western cultures simply because in temperate climates insects tend not to grow to the size nor aggregate in the numbers to make collecting them worthwhile).
This may need to change though, as we face the challenges of feeding more and more people in an increasingly vulnerable climate. Insects convert food into protein far more efficiently than the mammalian herbivores we currently get our meat from, and produce far less methane. The first European farm producing insects for human consumption has already opened in The Netherlands. Maybe next year we should start thinking about eating a slightly different type of Easter egg?