MSU Hosts 26th Bug Buffet

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Montana State University offered an unusual buffet in their plant growth center Friday afternoon.

Cricket stir fry, wax moth quesadillas and mealworm dream bars were just a few of the offerings at MSU's Plant Growth Center Friday for people to enjoy for free.

Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology professor Florence Dunkel has organized the bug buffet for 26 years.

She said it is a great way to teach people insects are a great source of protein and other nutrients.

"When you are eating 100 grams of insects, depending on the species of the insect, you're also eating more calcium, 10 times more calcium than you would in the same amount of beef," said Dunkel.

Dunkel said Euro-American cuisine is one the few in the world to not include insects.

But with a growing population, she says eating bugs could help make land more efficient.

"It isn't a question of whether we're going to like them; it is just a question of when they are going to be incorporated into our diet," Dunkel said.

One of Dunkel's students, Jacqui Lebel, isn't sure she'd like to eat bugs on a regular basis.

"I tried one or two. They were ok, but I was just like ‘ugh', said Lebel. "They don't taste bad. It's just the idea of eating a bug is hard to get around I think."

She said she would eat the insects again if they were incorporated to food she already eats.    

"Incorporating grasshopper flower into energy bars and granola and I think that might be easier for me to eat because you can't see it or feel the crunch," said Lebel.

The bugs were sent from Minnesota and Louisiana.

The bug buffet also featured honey samples from across the globe and bee presentations.

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