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Bug à l’orange
Global demand for products derived from livestock is expected to more than double over the next 50 years, but livestock production already accounts for 70 per cent of all agricultural land use. Instead of eating steak and pork chops, in the future we might get more protein from what the United Nations calls “mini-livestock”—a.k.a. insects. Not only are they far less resource-intensive to farm, they have a surprisingly high meat yield: 80 per cent for crickets, compared with 55 per cent for beef and 70 for pork. Consuming insects is common in many developing and tropical countries, the UN notes, and is gaining acceptance in the West. Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant named the world’s best for the past three years by Restaurant magazine, has served ants, which taste of “seared lemon rind,” according to chef René Redzepi. As factory farming of large animals becomes increasingly expensive, we might see more gourmet bugs on dinner menus.
It’s official: I have a book deal! Amazon Publishing, in all their worldly wisdom, has decided to give this insectivorous ink-slinger the opportunity of a lifetime: to tell the story of entomophagy as I know it.
If all goes according to plan, I’ll get to visit experts and projects in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and various places across the US. I’ll keep you posted via this blog, my Facebook page, and Twitter as things progress. It should be a pretty interesting journey.
The book won’t be available for awhile, since I haven’t even finished writing it yet, but if you’d like to be added to a mailing list for updates, releases, and other fun, secret, book-club-only stuff, email me at GirlMeetsBugTheBook@gmail.com. Also, if you have any questions, tips, suggestions, or just plain writing advice , send ‘em there, too.
Thanks as always for your support and interest in this not-so-niche-anymore subject. See ya in the funny pages! (Because, hopefully, parts of the book will be funny. Ok, it didn’t really work; I just wanted to say it.)