Insect snacks in Japanese vending machines


Vending machines sell a variety of products. Some vending machines sell soda and candy, some sell full meals, and others, a little harder to find, sell used underwear. Now, Japan is introducing vending machines that sell snacks with insect extracts and edible insects. Such a machine was recently installed in the city of Miyaki, in western Japan. According to Thai PBS, the critter vending machine is the prefecture’s first edible insect vending machine.

The device will offer a menu of 12 whole insect types, such as bamboo caterpillars which in their larval stage resemble bulbous maggots or a relatively symmetrical popcorn chain; the machine will also sell crickets and aquatic beetles. The insects are fried and packaged in bottles that sell for 1,000 yen, or around 300 baht. Each bottle is full of insects with around 20-30 insects per bottle.

The Miyaki City Machine was set up by Koga Takahiko, who knows that many people have an aversion to insects. Koga insists that the bugs are quite delicious and serve as a nutritional snack full of protein and minerals. He hopes that eating insects from a bottle from a vending machine will become more widely accepted.

The consumption of insects, or entomophagy, has recently gained ground for its health benefits and its benefits for the planet. A 2013 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said insects have as much nutritional value, if not more, than more traditional protein sources such as beef. Another research paper went so far as to suggest that eating insects could help solve the world’s food security problem while also helping to solve problems with the conventional food supply chain, such as deficits. in water, earth and energy.

SOURCE: Thai PBS Medical News Today

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