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Urban Insect Farming
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Program: Food Forethought
Date: August 22, 2013

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I know that it is done. I know that some people claim to actually like it. I personally don’t see myself ever knowingly doing it. The “it” I’m referring to is eating insects. Now I probably have unwittingly eaten a few little buggers in my day at the occasional picnic or during a mouth wide open sleep on a camping trip or something. But I have never done so intentionally, not in the way that was suggested earlier this month at the Future Food Salon hosted by Alimentary Initiatives, where a McGill University Ph.D. student unveiled his design system for raising insects as a sustainable food source for humans. The system is called "Third Millennium Farming" and envisions a future where waste streams are used in cities to raise a never ending supply of culinary insects. Bugs have often been touted as a great source of protein, but then so is a nice thick New York strip or a tasty pork chop. And I would much rather have a freezer full of beef, chicken, fish, and pork, and a pantry full of beans, seeds and nuts than a countertop cricket incubator. For those adventurous souls who want to eat bugs I say go for it, but it’s not a dietary staple that will be coming to my kitchen anytime soon.  

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