Tuesday, May 5, 2015
3/3 BUGS Janie Kullmar
Food is a universally understood concept. It has a ubiquitous place in society. It is necessary and sometimes very simple but it is still respected as an art form and used to show status about identity. It is a huge cultural indicator, recently there has been a big push for fitness. People have latched on to strange diets like the vegans, locavores, paleo, gluten free. There are also those absolutely bizzarre people known as raw vegans. Look that up. Likely you will be impressed and confused in equal measure. Just so you eating bugs is called "entomophagy."
Philosophy has not historically discussed food. However as resources are being used up I think that it has been discussed more frequently. I am going to discuss in this post what I speculate different philosophers or people groups would say based mostly on the texts that we have read in class and on this website about food and philosophy. http://www.food.unt.edu/philfood/ and http://philosophy.about.com/od/Philosophical-Branches/a/Philosophy-Of-Food.htm.
Groups and bugs.
Religion. Islam and Judaism both have dictates on diets. This includes bugs! Both say that eating grasshoppers and locusts is acceptable but most other bugs are not permitted.
Health and Diet groups.
Locavores could grow their own bugs but eating bugs that have been treated with pesticides could be dangerous.
A paleo diet site describes bugs as the "True Paleo Protien."
Health nuts in general - marketers are approaching this food source from a health perspective more so than anything else.
Socrates worred his wife because he took, and presumably ate, very little. I think he would have appreciated the high protein in bugs because they get the job done so efficiently. His frequent questions about norms indicates that he would have questioned our food practices and eating bugs does seem to make sense but we are not doing it.
Plato separated human desires and food would have been part of the Appetite. This was considered to be a very very powerful force. Plato may have been despondant about changing dietary habits. Bugs are encouraged as a food source primarily because it is better for the Earth. It would seem that it would be advocated for by reason which ultimately would have been able to control everything else.
Aristotle said that pleasure should not be sought out for pleasure's sake and that happiness was tied to virtue. This indicates that eating food that makes you feel good for the planet would make you happy. So go my friend eat bugs.
An addendum for those of you who read my post last week I have some interesting additions. I learned this week that there is a place in Italy that has traditional dish featuring cheese and bugs and there are a few places in Eastern Europe as well that eat bugs. If you ever eat lobster you are eating a type of anthropod which is in the same family as crickets. Also if you are really concerned about bugs you should remember that you are probably already ingesting them on accident in food like flour and chocolate. HAHA you can't escape.
Here are some videos about eating bugs
Woodley eat bugs! She says it in this interview starting at 1:40. I realize that she says lots of crazy things about basically everything. here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=52&v=ysKTldPt1SU
I highly recommend that you watch this video. It has a lot of history and cultural context.
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