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One thing the American Anthropological Association notes about the day is that anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every industry, and in my particular case, that industry is the sustainable production of insects as food here in the United States. But for any anthropologist, edible insects are a fun way to engage with different food cultures as well as with a real "paleo" food.
With that knowledge, though, we can look at insects as the valuable food resource that they are. Crickets are gaining some popularity in the US and Europe, being incorporated into protein bars, protein shakes, as well as all sorts of snack foods. The momentum for crickets seems to come from people already having a positive opinion of crickets compared to other insects, maybe because of Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, or because they are considered lucky in some East Asian cultures. However, crickets are not the most popular edible insect in the world. That achievement belongs to beetle larvae. If you wanted to partake in the beetle larvae trend, then I suggest trying some mealworms! Not only are food-grade mealworms available here, but they are also a lot less intimidating than something like a palm weevil larva.
Besides how bad meat-eating is for our environment, there is also the animal welfare bit that turns many eaters into vegetarians or vegans. However, humans are omnivores and it takes considerable conscious effort to make sure that we get all the nutrients we need from an entirely plant-based diet. Being able to make those choices is a privilege of both education and money. Insects like crickets, who live in dark-cramped spaces naturally and are killed at commercial farms via torpor-inducing freezing, offer an interesting caveat to the ethical dilemma. Their pain and suffering is minimal. Additionally, it is known and controlled, unlike industrial harvesting of crops, where pesticides kill all sorts of insects and small animals get killed in farm equipment. If you are not producing all of your food yourself, there is no perfect answer to the perfect ethical diet. Insects, however, provide an appealing option for making high-volume food production better all around.