It’s What’s For Dinner

As someone who once worked for a United Nations organization (The World Health Organization), I’ve often been frustrated at the lack of respect that the U.N. receives, especially here in the U.S.  I mean the U.N.’s mission, as stated in the organization’s Preamble is truly inspiring:

PREAMBLE

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

  • to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
  • to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
  • to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
  • to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDS

  • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
  • to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
  • to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
  • to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

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Now in spite of its noble mission, there are whole swaths of folks in America who have a phobia about the U.N.  Really!  They are stockpiling weapons because they fear the black helicopters of the U.N. that will invade the U.S. any minute now.  They are sure that they will need to fight those nasty aggressors who might force Peace on them.  Or Love.  Or Brotherhood.  These are not considered the sanest people in the U.S. of A., I might add.

So you will understand my concern when I read that the U.N. has figured out how to fight obesity.  I’m sure that the folks who are currently stockpiling guns and ammo will soon be hoarding bacon, Spam and scraple, too.  And I’m not sure I can blame them.

Because I just read in Reuters that on Monday the U.N. released a report that says that “the health benefits of consuming nutritious insects could help fight obesity.”

Ewwwwwwwwww.

To match Reuters Life! FOOD-INSECTS/

Dinner! Who’s Hungry?
Reuters – Photograph by Catherine Hornby

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be at the grocery store.  Buying Spam.

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69 responses to “It’s What’s For Dinner

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  2. I already hoard Spam. Not for Doomsday, or survivalist principles. Just ’cause. Besides, I can find steak sauce and duck sauce in the grocery store, but no sign of bug sauce. I do know an old guy who brews his own “bug juice”, so maybe I gotta check with him…. 😉

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  3. do i get fries with that???

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  4. Even being a right-wing, conspiracy-theory-buying extremist, I used to LIKE the U.N. because of all that noble crap you mentioned.
    But after this new diet recommendation? Not so much.

    (what’s scraple?)

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    • Yeah, my opinion of them has just been modified.

      Here’s what wikipedia says about scrapple (do not read this if you are about to make dinner)

      Scrapple, also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name pon haus,[1][2] is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and wheat flour, often buckwheat flour, and spices. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then panfried before serving. Scraps of meat left over from butchering, not used or sold elsewhere, were made into scrapple to avoid waste. Scrapple is best known as a rural American food of the Mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. Virginia and West Virginia). Scrapple and pon haus are commonly considered an ethnic food of the Pennsylvania Dutch, including the Mennonites and Amish.

      Ewwwwww. It makes Spam sound delicious.

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      • Spam, hell. That description makes the UN diet sound delicious!

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        • I’m not sure I’d go that far. But, funnily enough in between comments I was trying to make reservations at a restaurant in DC that serves, drum roll, please, grasshopper tacos! I decided on a different restaurant, thank you very much. I will take my excess pounds down the road!

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  5. Somehow I think the general public would still rather swallow a pill, take an injection or drink a concoction than eat those bugs. Even if the bugs were 100% guaranteed and the others were only 25% guaranteed, the bugs would not win.

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    • How did I miss this comment? Sorry you made it eons ago.

      Still it only gets better with time (did I cover my keister?)

      Bugs would never win. And I’m perfectly comfortable with that. There is, in fact, a treatment for my Crohn’s Disease that involves ingesting worm larvae. Ummmm, I’ll have to get really sick to do that!

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  6. Ugggggghhhh eeeeeeewwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. I’m vegan, so I’m out!

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  8. You know, I looked at the picture really fast at first and thought they were multi-vitamins. Maybe the bugs are even better. We should start harvesting love bugs down here in FL to save the paint on our cars. Win win.

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  9. Sorry, the cats handle all the bug-eating in my house.

    I actually ate crickets once. They were fried in garlic. They were crunchy and tasted like garlic.

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  10. Not even with ketchup.

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  11. Aren’t shrimp essentially just big insects? Mmmmm, shrimp.

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  12. Even covered in chocolate, those won’t tempt me.

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  13. moi

    I think the UN can keep the insects lol.

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  14. Vermicelli is the closest I will get to eating a bug.

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  15. It would sure help me combat obesity … I’d rather just starve than eat insects.

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  16. I’m with you on the bugs, Elyse. But wait until the fashion industry and Hollywood gets a hold of this idea. It will become haute cuisine. Magazines will be plastered in “I lost 206 pounds on the Beetle Diet”. Then, as we deplete the populations”, we’ll have to start bug conservation societies “Save the Dung Beetle”. Really, I see a complete cultural shift. I think it will make all the cows happy.

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    • Well, Angelina Jolie just had a double massectomy. If that starts a trend, I’ll believe the bug thing will be a big hit too!

      (Actually I think that she came out is truly wonderful — a sex symbol making such an important choice is a terrific role model for women)

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  17. I don’t think I could do the maggot (baby insect and all), but a beetle seems like it would be nice and crunchy in a salad.

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    • There’s actually a Crohn’s disease treatment that involves drinking bug larvae. I will die first. Because, like you, I am not a baby killer.

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  18. I’d be willing to try them if they’re covered in dark chocolate!

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  19. Well now …. interesting link between black helicopters and insects.

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  20. I don’t think I could muster up enough courage even with the biggest of gulps of my favourite neverage 🙂

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  21. bigsheepcommunications

    And then you wash those insects down with a Big Gulp and a side of fries,right? Isn’t that the American way?

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  22. Yummy! You do know, some of the least obese nations have been doing this for decades, no centuries.

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