Get Ready for Hot Dogs Made with Insect Parts Thanks to Liberals

Get Ready for Hot Dogs Made with Insect Parts Thanks to Liberals

I’m unusually interested in quotes of indeterminate provenance. Perhaps my favorite is the adage, “Immature artists imitate, mature artists steal.”

There’s a certain irony to the fact that nobody can determine who originally coined this locution and who was just being very mature and stealing it, but T.S. Eliot and Lionel Trilling seem to have the best claim to the sentiment.

Another favorite of mine involves is generally constructed similarly to this: “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Otto von Bismark is actually the first man to have uttered that thought, but the basic premise holds true: Stuff you don’t want to see is involved in both processes.

All I have to say is: Otto von Bismark ain’t seen nothing yet. I mean, nor will he, since he died in 1898, but he might be glad when he sees just what’s going to be in this next generation of sausages — at least, if one Australian academic has anything to do with it.

“Meat Science Professor Dr. Louwrens Hoffman said conventional livestock industries would not be able to meet worldwide demand for meat, and alternatives were needed to replace or complement traditional protein sources,” reported.

So, Hoffman’s answer? “[M]aggots, locusts and other alternative proteins.”

“An overpopulated world is going to struggle to find enough protein unless people are willing to open their minds, and stomachs, to a much broader notion of food,” Hoffman told Australia’s What’s New in Food.

“Would you eat a commercial sausage made from maggots? What about other insect larvae and even whole insects like locusts? The biggest potential for sustainable protein production lies with insects and new plant sources.”

However, Hoffman understands, not incorrectly, that consumers in the West aren’t really big on eating whole insects.

“In other words, insect protein needs to be incorporated into existing food products as an ingredient,” Hoffman said. “For example, one of my students has created a very tasty insect ice cream.”

Oh, so that’s why Ferris Bueller passed out at 31 Flavors that one night: pesticide bioaccumulation!

In addition to feeding you maggots, Hoffman would also like to feed your chicken maggots, too, by incorporating black soldier fly larvae into chicken feed.