Insects Are the New Protein

Eating crickets could save the world — if we can conquer human psychology

Orge Castellano
5 min readOct 31, 2018
Photo: Fernando Trabanco Fotografía/Getty

“Food is very tied to culture, and 20 or 30 years ago, no one in the U.S. was eating sushi because we thought it was disgusting, but now you can get it at a gas station in Nebraska.” — Valerie Stull

At first, the plate in front of me seemed like any other dish at a typical Korean restaurant: a bowl of rice noodles mixed with fermented kimchi, stuffed with fresh seafood and a few chives to garnish the top. As I began to devour the dish, I suddenly felt a subtle crack. Initially, I thought it was a hard chunk of cabbage, but when I spotted round brown eyes cocooned in a swirl of noodles with tiny legs, I freaked. My plate was teeming with larvae.

I’d accidentally ordered silkworms for lunch.

“Beondegi,” a traditional Korean delicacy, contained the first edible insects I’d ever eaten. Once I realized what I’d ordered, and tucked in, I noticed the steamed bugs were crunchy with a rich nutty flavor. It was a dish I could definitely eat, several times a month, without revulsion.

Simply put: a food crisis is ahead of us.