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NFA North Students Learn about Entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs)
Ms. Flores and Ms. Pagan's 11th-grade class at NFA North learned about entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs) while preparing for the upcoming ELA Regents Exam. Students and teachers alike tried cricket chips, chocolate covered ants, brownies made with cricket flour, chocolate covered scorpions, scorpion lollipops, and Chapulines (Grasshoppers from Oaxaca, Mexico). Classroom discussions were centered on keeping an open mind about new foods and respecting diverse cultural cuisines. Additionally, they spoke about their diets and how varied individual cultures experience food. Students are currently writing Argument Essays to answer the question, "Should entomophagy be practiced in the United States?" Many of the students and teachers said that they would continue the practice of entomophagy, while others said, "no, thank you."
Students were prompted by reading the article: Insect farm industry hopes Americans will open their minds — and mouths.
Story and some photos provided by Ms. Flores.
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