Adventurous eater? Attend this bug banquet at an edible insect farm
posted by: Amber Johnson
Are you an adventurous eater?
If you’re age 12+, you are invited to tour an edible insect farm on Sunday, November 11th and enjoy cricket popcorn, cider, and “cricket song” from Emily Wilson and Orange Peel Moses.
Practiced by 80% of cultures around the world, entomophagy (the human consumption of insects as food) is finally starting to catch on in the West.
This Gastro Obscura event includes a tour of Colorado’s first and only edible insect farm, Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch. See how they raise molitos (the larvae of the darkling beetle) for restaurants and food makers around the country and learn more about the nutritional and environmental benefits of bug-binging. Afterward, stick around to taste molitos savory pastries and cricket popcorn, paired with a local beer from Cerveceria Colorado, and enjoy live entertainment.
The uncomfortable truth is raising livestock commandeers 70% of the world’s agricultural land and fresh water. All told, a single quarter-pound hamburger requires 460 gallons of water, 65 square feet of land, 13 pounds of feed, 4 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 0.126 pounds of methane (~30 times more potent than CO2). With a fraction of the environmental impact, insects provide comparable and sometimes (much!) higher levels of nutrition in the form of protein, iron, and vitamin B12 than identical portions of meat.
Curious and/or slightly grossed out? Now’s the chance to see—and try—for yourself. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. and the cost is $20. For more information, go to atlasobscura.com.