Schools gave students entomophagy as part of their homework. Is it safe?


Amanda Wright, whose daughter Sage attends Spring Canyon Middle School in Springville, said: fox news Educators were instilling students in the “dark climate change religion” by assigning essays titled “Why America Should Eat Bugs.”

A description of the assignment posted to the school website “Students put together a unit on whether bugs are a good source of protein. This culminates in a very exciting day where students can even try bugs if they want Junior high school students loved the ‘ewww’ element (and) many of them tried the bug (and a few staff members too!)”

Wright told Fox News that he was upset by the assignment and recorded a conversation with an educator at a conference. Saige also recorded a conversation between herself and her teacher.

of student video (That legitimacy was confirmed by Nebo School District in an email to One teacher told Saiji that eating insects was a socially conscious choice.

“Why can’t we give our opinion on why Americans shouldn’t eat bugs?” Saige asked the teacher on the recording.

“Because there is no evidence to support it,” the teacher replied. “It’s kind of weird that I gave you the topic of having only one correct answer. We don’t want to eat bugs and that’s awful. But should we eat bugs? Yeah. We are killing the world by raising cows. must be.”

“So there is only one correct answer to this essay, and that is that Americans should eat bugs,” said the teacher. “Everyone in the world eats them. It’s healthy for the environment.”

When Saige asked if the students were eating grasshoppers the next day, the teacher said yes and said there was no need to participate.

A spokesperson for Nebo School District said: The students “really liked” the assignment.

“It was a fun way to engage students in essay writing, which is the core of language arts,” says a spokesperson. “Students explored ways to compare facts and opinions and determine which valid sources to cite in their writing.Students have written on a wide range of topics throughout the semester. For one, Americans should be eating bugs for protein.”

A school district spokeswoman said the teacher was unaware that she was being filmed by a student.

“This student recorded this teacher and used only snippets of what she actually said, out of context,” she says.

“When the teacher realized there was a concern, the student was presented with another topic of student choice,” the spokesperson said, adding, “When the teacher said there was only one correct answer, she said this. It was referring to a specific article about a controversial essay — not her own opinion.”

The teacher purchased the “edible bugs” from a commercial website that said they were “safe for consumption,” the spokeswoman said.

Providing bugs as extra credit is an “afterthought,” she continued. “There are multiple opportunities to earn extra credit or bonus points in this class.” was unable to reach Wright for comment, and the school district did not clarify the type of bug that was served to students.

Can bugs actually be part of a nutritious diet?

“Bugs are eaten all over the world, except in the United States and Europe,” Rick Redak, professor of entomology and dean of UC Riverside, tells There are probably 500 to 1,000 species of insects used for food.”

according to Food science of animal resourcesIn Japan, wasp and wasp larvae are luxury items, stores in South Korea sell canned silkworm pupae, and edible insects are on school cafeteria menus in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria. new research He identified the “tequila worm” found in distilled Mexican alcoholic beverages as the agave red worm. closely related to insects.

For those with a curious palate, it’s easy to find packaged bugs (crickets, grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms) for human consumption in flavors such as chocolate, curry and honey mustard.

“Bugs are a great source of protein and carbohydrates, and they’re quickly becoming plentiful as people try to reduce their environmental footprint,” Leduc says.

according to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizationedible insects produce less greenhouse gases than livestock, improve food security, and can be composted. It is a potential source for conventional production of protein (mini-livestock) either indirectly in the production of protein (including processed proteins), or as a protein source to feed mixes. website.

In fact, people regularly ingest insects without realizing it, says Redak.

“Cochineal pigment is a product of the cochineal insect, which grows primarily on cacti,” he explains. It’s a ground insect.”

According to Leduc, the students at Spring Canyon Middle School apparently ate the bugs without any harm.

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