The problem is the social acceptability of the food. The author states;\n\n"So why not eat insects? To convince Western consumers, it would be essential to provide information about the nutritional value, ensure food safety, explain the environmental benefits, develop good recipes, make the product accessible, and establish a regulatory and legislative framework. A taste experience is generally a first step for consumers in crossing the psychological barrier."\n\nI spent a large amount of my career as a technical director for a national environmental testing company with numerous locations around the U.S. My general perspective was that it would be easier to build a functional mass-spectrometer from dirt than to change the culture of the lab. \n\nFood is an intrinsic part of the sociological fabric, and the acceptability of something significantly outside the norm would be difficult at best. Food choice is impacted by status, regional cultural differences, taste and appearance. \n\nIt may be feasible to utilize insect as a protein supplement in foodstuffs, but it will require significant social change for acceptance of insects as a direct food source within the general western culture.