We now have cutlery for chewing on ants, people. By 2050, there will be nine billion people on earth and therefore less food. Experts are saying that bugs are most likely on the menu in the foreseeable future.
Designer Kobayashi Wataru is doing his best to make bugs a delectable option, by designing a range of sleek insect-eating cutlery he calls, BugBug utensils.
The set includes chopsticks with sharp picks at the end for staking through scorpions, a spork with tiny prongs for ants and a set of menacing finger claws for picking up beetles like a scotch egg.
Many countries on the planet readily partake in a protein-filled bug or two (France loves snails, and Asian food markets offer a range of deep fried critters). Still, it will take some getting used to for the rest of us, Wataru noted that his designs received mixed reactions.
“I saw a girl covered her mouth while she was looking at the BUGBUG project,” he told The Independent.
Still, 2050 is fast approaching, and the designer feels that we better start getting used to this reality.
I’d like to change the perception people have so they accept insects as meals in the future because we don’t have a lot of time.” He said.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.