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A food truck at the University of Connecticut is serving up roasted crickets.
 
The Daily Campus newspaper reports the university's dining services are advertising the insects as organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly.
 
The crickets are high in protein, low in fat and are a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc.
 
UConn, located in Storrs, says the farm that supplies the crickets uses carbon dioxide to kill them and then roasts them.
 
The crickets are sold for 99 cents, come whole in small plastic containers and are sold as a snack or as a taco topping.
 
Dining services area assistant manager John Smith says they sell two or three containers of crickets per day at the truck.

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Why are the insects advertised as "organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly?“
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COMMENTS (21)
  • erino-6-bar
    10/13/2015 - 06:39 p.m.

    The crickets are advertised as "organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly." Because they are high in protein, low in fat, and are a source of vitamin B, zinc, and iron. They were killed by carbon dioxide and then roasted so no harmful chemicals were used. They were also not raised in a farm where chemicals would be used on them. Since they weren't raised on a farm, there is no waste created by them that isn't biodegradable casing them to be earth friendly.

    I was surprised by this and had never thought that crickets would be sold as a snack or taco topping on a school campus.

  • osajis-pay
    10/14/2015 - 11:07 a.m.

    These crickets are enjoyed by all and or said to be "organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly". The farms from which they are received roast them with carbon dioxide.

  • ians-pay
    10/14/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    Crickets and other insects are the food of the future! They are easier to farm and need less space than the traditional cattle and pork we eat today. They also have a low fat content and high protein content per ounce.

  • justinl-pay
    10/14/2015 - 11:11 a.m.

    The crickets are considered "organic, not genetically modified and earth friendly" because no chemicals affected the crickets. According to the article " crickets are high in protein, low in fat and are a source of B vitamins, iron and zinc." Therefore making crickets healthy.

  • matthewt-pay
    10/14/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    They are seen this way because they come from the ground, the same as vegetable. They are not genetically modified because they live in hole (which is unsanitary), and they are earth friendly because they do many things for us in our everyday lives, like spiders eating annoying insects such as mosquitos and moths.

  • thomasm-day
    10/16/2015 - 09:19 a.m.

    Our society is so grossed out with the idea of eating insects but eating crickets is nutritious. They are also very cheap and easy to get. We need to grow as a society and expand our taste buds because the fast food burgers are just not cutting it. Crickets are the way of the future and we are not looking back.

  • ianc-day
    10/16/2015 - 11:14 a.m.

    Okay that's a little weird. I mean that's kind of what some people eat in other countries. People eat fried spiders in Africa. They are right though, it is a good source of protien. Crickets are wild and they eat untreated grasses, so that's why they are organic.

  • taylorr-day
    10/16/2015 - 01:47 p.m.

    The crickets are high in protien, low in fat, and are a source of vitamin B, iron and zinc. In my opinion, i would never eat them, even if theyre that good for you.

  • tylers-day
    10/16/2015 - 11:18 p.m.

    That is so gross. I don't even understand why people would want to sell that at a school. Also, who would even buy that. If I saw crickets on a menu somewhere, I would just get up and leave.

  • arianad-bag
    10/19/2015 - 08:33 p.m.

    The insects advertised as organic, not genetically modified earth friendly because they want people to buy the crickets, which I would never do because I think that is grosss! I would not even eat crickets, as you asked in the instructions, as previously stated, I would not eat crickets. Bye Mrs.Bagby.

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