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Cockroaches in the halls of power, crickets in the press

21 February 2024

3:00 AM

21 February 2024

3:00 AM

Eating insects is not only an act of global salvation – following the advice of the United Nation’s advice on ‘sustainable protein’ – it’s also a way to honour Australia’s Indigenous culture.

At least, according to the CSIRO.

In their 2021 Edible Insects – a roadmap for the strategic growth of an emerging Australian industry, the authors argue that ‘improving Western perceptions of edible insects’ will strengthen culture.

‘Most Western cultures have developed an aversion for insects, perpetuated by stereotypes of insects being dirty, pests, dangerous, only eaten in times of desperation, or having an inherent “yuk” factor.’

It’s a comment offered as a criticism, even...

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