Stop trying to get people to eat insects
We get insects-as-food coverage because it combines two annoying things liberals love: “look how open to experiences I am, unlike you” and “look what I’ll put myself through to allegedly help the environment.” Bonus points for saying insect-revulsion is culturally insensitive.
My position on this is consistent: eating exoskeletons is gross. It’s okay if the animal has an exoskeleton, I just don’t want to eat it. I think soft-shell crab is gross too.

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