don bugito, "minilivestock" restaurant - san francisco, CA
Insects are a forgiven and underrated source of healthy proteins for human consumption and, unlike most meat sources, anyone can produce their caloric needs at home. Anyone can become a Joel Salatin (from Polyface Farms, featured by Michael Pollan on The Omnivore's Dilemma) of minilivestock.

While some cultures have maintained their links to eating insects, it has become a taboo in most of the world, even though entomophagy (from the greek of "eating bugs") represented an important part of the human diet for most of our history, before our tools were still rudimentary for hunting or farming.

Cave paintings at Altamira (north of Spain), dated from 30,000 to 9,000 BCE, show still life images of men collecting wild bee nests. People must have eaten bee pupae along and larvae along with the honey.

Pre-Columbian societies from Mesoamerica and North-America included minilivestock as an important part of their diet, and several species of worms and other insects (such as "chapulines", or grasshoppers) are still consumed in different parts of Mexico.

When we heard that Mónica Martínez, an ecclectic artist and entrepreneur from Mexico currently based in the Bay Area, was starting a restaurant that she defined as a "prehispanic snackeria", we decided to attend to the opening in the 2011 San Francisco Street Food Festival that took place in the Mission... And try their delicious mealworms.

A video by Kirsten Dirksen on *faircompanies and related channels, soon.
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