Will Eating Maggots Be the Next Diet Fad? (Count Us Out)
Why an Austrian woman invented a gagalicious kitchen device
Katharina Unger, an industrial design graduate of University of Applied Arts in Vienna, believes that protein is an important part of people's diets. She's also hellbent on thwarting the meat industry because, as the Daily Mail reports, "We already use one third of croplands for the production of animal feed, it will be necessary to develop alternative food sources and production methods."
Her solution? Soy? Nah, been there, done that. Quorn? So passé. Nope, Unger thinks that the best way to get your protein while protecting the planet is to grow your own bugs at home and scarf 'em down at least twice weekly.
And, we're not just talking regular, run of the mill bugs here folks, we're talking maggots. Unger has invented a machine called The Farm 432 that can grow enough larvae for two bug-a-licious meals each week (she recommends using them in a tomato risotto).
Think growing maggots at home is complicated? The Farm 432 is so simple that a child could do it. The Mail explains; "You simply drop some black soldier fly larvae into an appliance chamber. Here they grow and then move to a larger chamber, mate and produce larva.
This falls down into a separate area, where it matures, moves on up a tube, and falls into a cup. Some larvae are dropped back into the machine to restart the process, while the rest are ready to eat."
See? Easy Peasy.
If you're so inclined, you can watch the video below for a full-on demo of how this doo-dad works. And please, tell us, would you consider incorporating maggots -- or any other source of insect protein -- into your diet?