Bugs Found in Food, But for This Oregon Business It's OK

An American businessman is hoping to add pulverized crickets to the American diet.

Americans are generally squeamish about eating bugs even though insects are a normal part of the diet for at least 2 billion people worldwide, with delicacies like fried caterpillars in Tanzania, chili-toasted grasshoppers in Mexico or crunchy giant water bugs in Thailand.

Charles Wilson, the founder and CEO of Cricket Flours– that’s flour as in the white, powdery foodstuff – became interested in crickets as a protein supplement after learning he had food sensitivities to dairy, gluten and a variety of other ingredients, including a protein powder he was using to build muscle.

 

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