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research on edible dung beetles

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Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Thought permies might be interested in this information.

It's a six page pdf download from the International Food Research Journal.

Scroll down to #23.

"Fatty acid composition of some edible dung beetles in Thailand.

"Many species of dung beetles are consumed in the Northeastern region of Thailand, but their fatty acid composition has not been reported. In this paper, the fatty acid profiles of six species of edible dung beetles were evaluated, including Onthophagus seniculus, Onthophagus mouhoti, Onitis spp., Copris nevinsoni, Liatongus
rhadamitus, and Heliocopris bucephalus. The lipid contents were similar in most species (12.1-14.0%), except in Onitis spp., which contained only 6.6%. In all species, palmitic acid (C16:0) was the major saturated fatty acids, while oleic acid (C18:1n9) and linoleic acid (C18:2n6) were the most abundant monounsaturated and
polyunsaturated fatty acids, respectively. The long-chain fatty acids (C20:4n6) was also found in some species.

"A low ratio of omega-6/omega-3 (about 2/1 to 5/1) in some species is suitable for human diet. The results of this work would possibly be a nutritional reference concerning fat content and composition for local consumers."

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Location: western Washington, Snohomish county--zone 8b
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I watched a short program where a Vietnam or Thailand ??.....were gathering dung beetles for dinner. the cooked them up in a big batch and sat around the table munching on them.

I have only seen bug eating in the Western world a few times and it is strictly on the fringe of modern society.
when do you think that North Americans might embrace this kind of protien?

My family has made fresh apple cider for generations. we use the apples from our orchards that are full of worms. we drink the cider and don't talk about the worms and yellow jackets that get in the mix.
I am happy to eat a fresh salad of greens from my organic garden.....there is an ocasional bug or baby slug that gets missed in the rinse. I really don't want to eat bugs, but I feel that with organic "BUGS" are gonna happen.
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If "You are what you eat.", I'm not certain I want to include dung beetles in my diet.
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