Bugs on the Menu: Insect Protein for Food
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: New June 2002! The Missouri Botanical Garden’s Butterfly House takes us on a food adventure with a mini-tasting like no other. The power ingredient in its dishes (spoiler alert – bugs!) will demonstrate the potential of this efficient protein source and the importance of insects in our food system. It’s called entomophagy and it’s something about 2 billion people around the world are already doing. You may want to expand your palate after viewing this story.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Health-25**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Give students a list of edible bugs and have them research one or more of these. They should cover recipes, how to raise, the water and energy savings compared to beef and create a presentation with their information.


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.