10/06/2034 12:36 AM ET

OPINION

Americans Still Refusing To Eat Cockroaches

Chad Crawford
I advocate alternative sustainability in all things

CC BY 4.0 Cockroach by jo.sau | Writer image: CC BY 4.0 Bakar by Felix Jody Kinarwan | Images were cropped. Images used for illustration purposes only.
Delicious on toast in the morning.
Last week the US Department of Health and Human Services released guidelines regarding the nutritional value of cockroaches.

This is the latest in a long line of government initiatives to get Americans to start thinking of cockroaches as a food source, rather than as a pest.

But Americans aren't listening.

The guidelines point out - for the umpteenth time - the benefits of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana L.).

This traditional household scourge is an amazing food source, containing protein, fiber, vitamins A and C and amino acids. Cooked in a little oil, they become a crispy and healthy treat.

They also are an environmentally safe alternative to mass-produced livestock, all of which produce enormous quantities of CO2. Cockroaches do not need to be housed, they do not require feed to be packaged and transported, they do not need to be transported for killing, separating and packaging. They do not then have to be transported again.

And they're free - just buy one of many traps currently available on the market (I prefer HomeFood Delite's Envirogreen trap). Traps usually last for about a month, and will save you having to even kill your dinner.

Cockroaches make a perfect nutritional alternative, especially for disadvantaged households, who often turn to highly processed foods which create a range of negative health outcomes.

Americans aren't listening - but they should be.
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