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A mouth full of crickets? Lobbyists speak up for edible insects

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At the Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in Washington, metal butterfly mobiles hang from the ceiling and bugs are on the menu.

The chapulines tacos are jammed with thumb-sized roasted grasshoppers, a delicacy head chef Colin King cooks in tequila and chipotle puree and serves with shallots.

“There’s a lot of instances when people try them for the first time where, if they can get over the mental aspect of it, then they end up really liking them,” King said. “I know I went through that when I first tried them.”

Connoisseurs of edible insects say more and more people are coming to like such dishes, which represent an untapped source of environmentally sustainable protein. And the industry is getting organized to push for further consumer — and government — acceptance.

Read the full article in The Salt Lake Tribune

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