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Merrill D'Arezzo discusses the creative world of entomophagy, discussing benefits, recipes and first-hand experiences.

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Entomophagy is the consumption of insects as food. People have been consuming insects for thousands of years and still do throughout most of the world. Besides being an excellent source of protein, insects are beginning to be recognized for their culinary possibilities and many top restaurants across the globe are adding them to their menus.

Entomophagy also has many ecological and economic benefits and is in line with living a "green lifestyle."

In North America, entomophagy is slowly becoming more widespread.  A few brave and creative souls are slowly making the topic more mainstream and are pushing the boundaries of what people think of as normal food consumption.