What’s tasty, abundant and high in protein? Bugs! Although less common outside the tropics, entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, was once extremely widespread throughout cultures. You may feel icky about munching on insects, but they feed about 2 billion people each day (Mmm, fried tarantulas). They also hold promise for food security and the environment.
Watch a video about the practice of eating bugs and choose the best answer for each question.
1. How many people eat bugs worldwide?
a) 2 billion
c) 3 million
d) 75 million
2. The ___________ historically enjoyed beetle larvae.
a) Aboriginal Australians
b) Native Americans
c) The Ancient Greeks
d) The Romans
3. When did our attitude towards eating bugs begin to change?
a) In the last 100 years
b) Around 10,000 BC
d) 1250 AD
4. How many different insect species do people eat around the world?
d) 1 million
5. Which part of the world currently eats insects the most?
b) The Americas
c) Countries in the tropics
d) The Polar Regions
6. Some insects are made of up to 80% protein.
7. List some creative ways for changing people’s perception of bugs as pests.
Lesson by Emma Bryce, Animation by Alicia Reece & Julia Iverson