Guests Munched on Insects during Event in Washington DC

Guests Munched on Insects during Event in Washington DC

It was an entirely different experience for Erin Kolski to see a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers. She found the burger little crunchy but is tasted fine to her. An event at Washington's Occidental Restaurant presented various items made from edible insects.

Chef Rodney Scruggs helped in organizing the event in a bid to encourage use and ecological advantages of feasting on insects.

Crispy barbecue mealworms and scorpion lollipops were among the exotic fare on offer. The event in Washington was sponsored by local pest control company Ehrlich. However, the organizers revealed that similar food samplings were also presented in 11 other countries during other events held at different locations on Wednesday.

It might make some people feel little weird to happily munch on insects, but the company said that bugs could be the future source of food. Also, they come with essential nutrients like iron and calcium.

The pest control company said in a statement that eating insects has been proved by experts to have many positive impacts on the environment and on health and livelihoods. Over 1,900 species have reportedly been used for making food items and all these insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc. Also, they are very low in fat so those who are following diet regime to lose maintain healthy weights can think of consuming those insects.

The event in Washington was dubbed as Pestaurant and it is aimed to spur people's interest in eating edible insects. "Edible insects are going to be part of the toolkit for us to achieve global food security. Unfortunately in Western countries we will need to overcome the 'yuck' factor, and events like Pestaurant will go a long ways to help people overcome the same", said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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