Pests as resource
Lon J. Rombough (email@example.com)
Sun, 07 Jun 1998 18:32:46 -0700
Has there been any research on the use of bug vacuums to harvest
insects as potential food? With locust plagues still occurring in
Africa and parts of Asia, would it be possible to vacuum them up and use
them as food, either directly or as protein meal for human or animal
food suplements. I would imagine the machine would need to include a
heating element to toast or otherwise dry the locusts so the mass of
them in the holder wouldn't have enough moisture to begin to decompose,
or at least to allow growth of bacteria such as salmonella, while the
machine was still in the field.
For me, the question is purely hypothetical, but could this be used
where locusts are still a problem to both avoid the use of massive
spraying and turn a problem into a resource?
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