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"Sometimes they like flash fry them in a wok, sometimes they boil them to get all the hair off and just gobble them up, sometimes they just roast them over a fire," explains  butterfly pavilion entomologist, Marry Ann Hamilton.

 Mary Ann Hamilton says folks in 13 countries eat bugs for protein.

"We eat bugs because we have bugs that are milled into our flour that the food and drug administration can't control," Hamilton continues.

Most cinnamon, chocolate and cereal have invertebrate legs, wings and parts. And surprisingly enough, they don't seem to taste too bad!

Patrick Crowley buys crickets raised for human consumption from a farm in Louisiana

"And then we take those crickets and we mill them down to flour," he explains.  The once they are milled he bakes them.

 These low fat protein dense energy bars come in a variety of flavors too.

Crowley says at first friends thought he was nuts, but now he's busier than ever.

Folks are curious and want to see what all the fuss is about.

 "They are aware of the un-sustainability of our current food supply and the food systems we have," says Crowley.

For example, as a food, insects use up far less water than other sources of protein, like beef.

Mary Ann says first, we'll need a culture shift which may take some time.

Scientists say that there are 200,000 insects per every human on the planet. So eat as many as you want! We will never run out.

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