Why did insect and arachnid consumption come to be seen as a taboo in the west?
Is it a holdover from Jeiwsh dietary laws? If so, then why are so many of the other dietary laws not kept? Why do westerners see other arthropods, specifically crustaceans like lobsters and crabs, as edible, even as delicacies, but not insects and arachnids?
Because arthropods are fucking nasty. And I mean objectively nasty, not just a result of cultural bias, it's probably a leftover in our genetic memory from a period when our early ancestors were hunted by gigantic fucking arthropod predators for literally hundreds of millions of years.
this is a completely modern thing, peasants of the past thought nothing of insects in their food
In colder climates you don't get as many large insects as you do in a place like Java where you have nice big crunchy crickets. This is part of it.
The association of insects with disgust probably arose with the discovery of bacteria and the development of what clean and sanitary looks like which involves zero insects of any kind, bacteria carrying flies or harmless plant eating crickets.
The connection of bugs and filth doesnt help first of all, because up in the colder north with not a lot of insect variety the common bugs to see would be largely decomposers like flys and roaches which are know to stick
around unsavory thing such as feces and rotten trash.
And other, larger incects like bees wasps amd spiders are dangerous to be around.
This probably lead to the assosiation with bugs and disgust/fear.
Meanwhile in the tropics and desert there is more carnivores and herbavores which will typically grow larger and will provide more nutrition than the smaller cold climate insects.
>Why did insect and arachnid consumption come to be seen as a taboo in the west?
It's sort of taboo in a lot of places too in Asia man. It is pretty much a Tribal thing over there and you can count the number of societies that accept bug eating.
From what I understand, in both Jewish and Muslim dietary law it is okay to suspend the diet if it's necessary for survival. So a Muslim would be allowed to eat pork if for some reason that was the only food available to him. I'd assume John the Baptist would be in a similar case in the wilderness.
Six 5's for genetic culinary sensibility. When my mom tells me to eat my broccoli, I'm going to tell her that I don't like it because of genetics.
Genetics is just a great excuse for everything. Seriously, though, I'm checking those fucking digits.
after the expulsion of the Acadians from their fertile farm land, a lot were forced to scrape what living they could out of the atlantic on the rocky, salty coasts. They started eating lobster out of desperation, and eventually other people tried it and realized it was fucking delicious. I still remember my nan being ashamed to eat lobster, she only ever associated it with her poverty stricken youth.
Taboos in general are taboos because at some point in history people decide that for some reason X is bad therefore X becomes a taboo so upcoming generations won't do it. The same applies for moral.
Why is eating insects bad? In the middle ages, the scientific method wasn't really popular and people thought that eating an insect has the same effect as being bite by one. You can guess the consequence of that. Besides, westerners had developed diets that rely on agriculture befoe ancient times even began.