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From Covid to Crickets: Japan pushes edible insects

By Guy Gin | Making (Covid) Waves in Japan | March 6, 2023

Now that they’ve stopped telling the public to constantly cover their mouths, Japan’s government and media have moved on to telling the public to put bugs into them. And who better to advocate for people to put insects down their throats than the man who advocated most actively for people to put mRNA injections into their veins, former Vaccine Minister and current Digital Minister Taro Kono?

Taro Kono tries crickets at a venture firm exhibition, Says they are “delicious”.

Here’s a better look at the “delicious” crickets Mr Kono pulled his mask down to taste.

But since about 90% of Japanese are resistant to the idea of eating bugs, Japan’s politicians and propaganda apparatus will have to work harder at pushing crickets than they did pushing Covid jabs. Reworking some of its greatest hits from the Covid era, the media has declared “neophobia” to be the new “vaccine-hesitancy”.

Is revulsion to edible crickets due to neophobia (fear of new things)?

So are the neophobes selfishly preventing the creation of a “sustainable” society with their anti-cricket stance? Or do they have a point in sticking to foods humans have actually evolved to consume? Let’s ask the science.

In an 2018 article entitled “Novel foods: a risk profile for the house cricket”, Jannson et al. conducted a literature review to present a risk profile of house crickets as food. They found four potential concerns.

(1) high total aerobic bacterial counts; (2) survival of spore-forming bacteria following thermal processing; (3) allergenicity of insects and insect-derived products; and (4) the bioaccumulation of heavy metals (e.g. cadmium).

How appetising! In case the risk of spore-forming bacteria doesn’t put you off, Gałęcki et al. produced a paper with the tasty title of “A parasitological evaluation of edible insects and their role in the transmission of parasitic diseases to humans and animals”. Here’s what they did and found.

The aim of this study was to identify and evaluate the developmental forms of parasites colonizing edible insects in household farms and pet stores in Central Europe and to determine the potential risk of parasitic infections for humans and animals. The experimental material comprised samples of live insects (imagines) from 300 household farms and pet stores, including 75 mealworm farms, 75 house cricket farms, 75 Madagascar hissing cockroach farms and 75 migrating locust farms. Parasites were detected in 244 (81.33%) out of 300 (100%) examined insect farms. In 206 (68.67%) of the cases, the identified parasites were pathogenic for insects only; in 106 (35.33%) cases, parasites were potentially parasitic for animals; and in 91 (30.33%) cases, parasites were potentially pathogenic for humans. Edible insects are an underestimated reservoir of human and animal parasites.

Among the various parasites potentially pathogenic for humans found in cricket samples were the following.

Isospora spp. [found in 2.67% of samples from cricket farms] are cosmopolitan protozoa of the subclass Coccidia which cause an intestinal disease known as isosporiasis. These parasites pose a threat for both humans (in particular immunosuppressed individuals) and animals. The host becomes infected by ingesting oocytes, and the infection presents mainly with gastrointestinal symptoms (watery diarrhea).

Physaloptera spp. [found in 1.33% of samples from cricket farms] form cysts in the host’s hemocoel approximately 27 days after ingestion.

Although both above-mentioned papers point to various potential issues, they admit there isn’t enough evidence yet to draw conclusions about the health effects of mass-production and mass-consumption of crickets. And I’d say we’re better off keeping it that way, no matter what names the globalist overlords call us.

March 10, 2023 - Posted by | Malthusian Ideology, Phony Scarcity, Science and Pseudo-Science, Timeless or most popular


  1. Jiminy Cricket! It takes all kinds, all generations: I had a great boss in the 1980s who, a couple of decades earlier as a very young guy in Texas, who would pop multiples of black, slithery, slimy slugs into his mouth and masticate them down on a coolish rainy night when those bug(gah)s tended to emerge-and-cruise about 8 PM from the soil or wherever they hung out during the heat of the day. I think I’d prefer crickets, suitably prepared, marinated and condimented….

    Hey — maybe Kono’s a beer drinker (most Japanese are): Nuts, crickets, a dash of olive oil, and beer. After a couple, he’d get right into the groove.


    Comment by roberthstiver | March 10, 2023 | Reply

  2. Let them eat (cricket) cake.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Glock | March 11, 2023 | Reply

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