Big Picture Science – The Pest of Us

by Gary Niederhoff on January 27, 2014


Big Picture Science – The Pest of Us

Picture a cockroach skittering across your kitchen. Eeww! Now imagine it served as an entrée at your local restaurant. There’s good reason these diminutive arthropods give us the willies – but they may also be the key to protein-rich meals of the future. Get ready for cricket casserole, as our relationship to bugs is about to change.

Also, share in one man’s panic attack when he is swarmed by grasshoppers. And the evolutionary reason insects revolt us, but also why the cicada’s buzz and the beetle’s click may have inspired humans to make music.

Plus, the history of urban pests: why roaches love to hide out between your floorboards. And Molly adopts a boxful of mealworms.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Molly’s bug odyssey begins
Part 2: Jeffrey Lockwood – Why bugs bug us
Part 3: Dawn Day Biehler – Pests in the city
Part 4: David Rothenberg – Bug music
Part 5: Tiny Farms – Edible insects
Part 6: Molly’s bug odyssey concludes

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