Tonight's TV Choice: Can eating insects save the world?By Hugh Fort
March 18, 2013
Can Eating Insects Save the World?
"Darling, could you pass the mealworm?" could be a commonly heard phrase around the dinner tables of the future.
According to the makers of this show, there are 40 tonnes of insects to every person in the world. which makes eating them a fairly obvious thing to do.
Bugs are apparently full of protein and are plentiful, so why not eat them?
This programme looks at the whether insects could be the solution to the global food crisis.
They could well be, but the propaganda initiative needed would have to be North Korea-esque to persuade the faddy and the ignorant to put away their Tesco ready-meals and tuck into a nice plate of grasshopper.
In this documentary, presenter Stefan Gates meets people in Cambodia and Thailand who are ahead of the insect-eating game.
He then goes to insect farms, hunts ferocious yet delicious ants and even goes hunting for a tarantula to scoff.
I think it's a great idea, but it will be hard to convince people, who don't realise that eating things with the dreaded "mechanically-recovered" meat in is pretty disgusting in its own right.