Last Updated on October 30, 2019
The media’s obsession with bug eating is now specifically targeting children.
Entomophagy–or, bug eating–is all the rage nowadays, with outlets even as large as CNN promoting the practice as a sustainable, environmentally friendly, alternative to eating meat.
Several articles and videos have been published, praising the multitudinous benefits of eating bugs.
In spite of this, there appears to be no age restriction when it comes to a target audience.
A bizarre video circulated social media using 3D printed bug toys to make entomophagy more appealing to children.
But it doesn’t end there.
Two days ago, Vice Magazine published a video to their YouTube channel showcasing those who are outspoken “formicophiles”–individuals who have a fetish for including bugs within sexual acts.
In a video from 12News Now, the presenter introduces an interviewee hosting a “family friendly” event from the Art Museum of Southeast Texas called “Eat a Bug Day.”
The interviewee, who goes by the name ‘Kara,’ begins to explain the event.
Kara starts by stating that the event is the most popular family arts day hosted by the center.
She goes onto say, “kiddos will get a chance to eat fried crickets, fried millworms, that a brought by Bill Clark Pest Control.
“So yeah, they’ll get to tempt their families and it’s really fun.”
Kara brandishes a container with fried crickets and informs the presenter, who expressed curiosity towards eating the bugs, that they tasted similarly to pork rinds.
When asked what the highlight of the event was for her, Kara responded, “I love when the kiddos make their parents try the bugs, ‘cos they have to be brave for the kids, and then of course they get a fun ‘I ate a bug’ sticker for all the brave one who do go ahead and eat a bug.”
After bugs, cannibalism has seen some mainstream exposure as an alternative protein source.
It has, however, been met with considerable condemnation by social media users.