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Staunton Event Invited Folks to Bite Down on Bugs

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STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - Harmony Moon offered folks in downtown Staunton a taste of something a little different, and maybe a little creepy.

“Ready? Ready? Ok,” Joy Boardman told herself as she gathered up the nerve to eat a cricket.

Allison Sprouse decided on eating cricket risotto dusted in cricket flour.

“There's a little leg in it,” she notices after taking a bite.

Staunton nutritionist Anne Buzzelli designed Bite A Bug to explore the idea of bugs in the American diet.

“There's a whole other kind of food out there that we don't even recognize as food,” Buzzelli said.

Many Americans are looking for a way to get rid of bugs, but the truth is we're already eating bugs daily.

“How many are in frozen broccoli and curry powder? These things that I eat all the time,” Boardman said.

“The FDA knows it's impossible to keep it out of food,” said Buzzelli

However, other countries eat insects on purpose.

“Some sources say 80 percent of the world already eats bugs on a regular basis,” Buzzelli said. “They're grown in really small spaces. No veterinarians required. The labor is really a lot less.”

Sprouse says she'd like to make bugs a part of her diet as long as she doesn't have to grow them.

“If I could go to the store and buy some I definitely would,” she said.

Meanwhile, Boardman says she will buy the cricket flour, but will skip the meal worms.

It's important to note to always cook your bugs, stay away from, brightly colored insects because they're poisonous, as well as millipedes.

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