Since the topic came up elsewhere, I thought it a good idea to revive this question from a reader and repost it:
From a reader:
Do insect products count as meat products, and therefore prohibited on Fridays and other days of abstinence. I have heard of some instances where it may be used in artificial color products. Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, Mr. Reinfield, they are not counted as meat products. You may eat all the bugs you can find, also on Fridays!
Even on days of fasting you should be able to eat lots of insects, since it takes quite a few to make even a small portion… depending on the insects, of course.
Artificial food color, however, would be accidental to any food you would eat. It is an incidental element.
On the other hand, FD&C Red #5 has ever been one of my favorite ingredients in prepared foods, and so in penitential spirit I give those up for Lent.
So, now that people know we can eat bugs as we please, I expect to hear that you are asking for bug-out bags, not doggy-bags.
And, yes, we should be preparing bug-out bags and bugs might just keep some of us alive at TEOTWAWKI.
Appropriate on the very day a big asteriod is buzzing your planet. HERE. (As I write, in just a few minutes, as a matter of fact. 19:24 UTC (2:24 p.m. EST/11:24 a.m. PST. And let’s not even start in on Russia!)
Which, as Preserved Killick would add, I am reminded by a scene in Patrick O’Brian’s The Fortune of War in which the Captain and officers have a little fun with Dr. Maturin.
“Two weevils crept from the crumbs. ‘You see those weevils, Stephen?’ said Jack solemnly.
Which would you choose?’
There is not a scrap of difference. Arcades ambo. They are the same species of curculio, and there is nothing to choose between them.’
But suppose you had to choose?’
Then I should choose the right-hand weevil; it has a perceptible advantage in both length and breadth.’
There I have you,’ cried Jack. ‘You are bit – you are completely dished. Don’t you know that in the Navy you must always choose the lesser of two weevils? Oh ha, ha, ha, ha!”