Can Eating Insects Save the World?
How would you feel about eating deep fried locusts, ant egg salad or barbequed tarantulas? This documentary sees presenter and food writer Stefan Gates immerse himself in the extraordinary world of hardcore insect-eating in a bid to conquer his lingering revulsion of bugs and discover if they really could save the planet.
With 40 tonnes of insects to every human, perhaps insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis - where billions go hungry every day whilst the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain.
Stefan's on a mission to meet the people in Thailand and Cambodia that hunt, eat and sell edible insects for a living. But nothing quite prepares him for bug farming on this terrifying scale, from stalking grasshoppers at night to catching fiercely-biting ants. And it's not just insects on the menu. Stefan also goes hunting for the hairiest, scariest spider on the planet - the tarantula. Stefan asks if the solution is for everyone - the British included - to start eating insects too.
Alien Nation Season
Can Eating Insects Save the World is part of a special season of BBC Four programmes supersizing the insect world. Discover the other programmes in the season below…
- Planet Ant - The secret, underground world of the ant colony is revealed.
- Insect Worlds - Steve Backshall explores the world of insects and their close relatives.
- Metamorphosis: The Science of Change - Discover the ultimate evolutionary magic trick.
- The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly - Follow their 3,000 mile journey.
- Insect Dissection - Uncovering ingenious body systems and finely tuned senses.
- Minuscule - A seamless combination of animation and real life.
- Edwardian Insects on Film - Celebrating amateur naturalist & filmmaker Percy Smith.