Restaurant specializes in edible insects




Posted on May 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

PORTLAND - According to the United Nations, you should be eating more bugs.

This week, the UN released a 200-page report outlining all the benefits of edible insects.

At Sushi Mazi in Southeast Portland, you'll find a freezer stocked with crickets and grasshoppers.

They've been serving up the crunchy insects for the last five years. More than 1,000 people have tried them.

"I think it could really revolutionize our agricultural system," Sarah Vhay said of the grasshopper rolls. "I'm excited about it. I think it's neat. I mean, they're everywhere, there are billions of them."

The UN report says some two billion people around the world include insects as part of their diet.

Not only are bugs high in protein, vitamins and minerals, but they use far less water and produce far less green-house gas emissions than say raising cows or chickens.

KGW Reporter Keely Chalmers contributed to this report

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