Man Eating Bugs: An Old Taste for New Times

Nigel Hayes


For most Australians the thought of eating insects evokes either revulsion or curiosity. More broadly, the food choices of people can be seen to reflect their different cultures and the different cultural rules governing, amongst other things, what is defined as good or bad to eat, how it is cooked, prepared, served and eaten. As Australians become increasingly aware of other cultures, they come into contact with foodchoice examples which differ widely from their traditional preferences— and more flexibility in their own choices can be seen. Insect-eating is presented from several perspectives—evolution, historical, cultural, environmental and economic.



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