How does history look back on the Tuskeegee Syphilis Study? We look back at an example of something that is nothing to be proud of.
How will history look back on a modern-day study of African children being fed insects as an experiment?
That is exactly what is going on today, and more concerning, this has been going on since Valentine’s Day of 2020.
The United Kingdom Research and Innovation department has been backing this research amongst 7-11-year-olds in Zimbabwe for over a year now, feeding those kids a “novel insect protein enriched porridge.”
According to the researchers, this is perfectly acceptable behavior because it’s “culturally acceptable.”
They state that within rural Zimbabwe, termites and mopane worms are foods that the people have traditionally resorted to during times of drought/poor harvest.
In other words, people here have eaten bugs in the past when they were starving, so it’s perfectly acceptable to feed this to their children today.
I have a hard time following this logic.
Should Uruguayans experiment with cannibalism because some of them had to resort to that in the past when they were starving? The Donner Party here in America did the very same thing. Does that mean we should start to incorporate people food into our diet?
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Why I Am Morally Outraged
For starters, we are talking about people that are stepping up to the plate under the veil of doing a good deed (“We’re feeding the children!”), but then feeding them something as degrading as bugs. Would you be upset if somebody fed your child bugs for dinner? What if they did this for the extent of this study: a full year?
It also makes me furious that this is an experiment being performed on children. We are literally talking about people who are helpless without a grown man and woman to take care of them. And this is what some are willing to do to them? Run an experiment on them not because we have to, but because we’re just curious about what the health effects are of eating bugs long term? Because people want to push an agenda?
The Organic Prepper has already covered some of the negative health effects of eating bugs already. Emily Mangiaracina points out the danger of eating chitins as well for human health; their causing allergies and inflammation in the body.
I like what Emily points out from the study here: “the mechanistic link between insect consumption and health is missing.”
If the researchers were really that interested in figuring out if insect-based foods were detrimental to human health, why don’t they experiment on themselves? Was it because they were afraid that it could potentially harm themselves? Why did people from England have to go all the way to Zimbabwe to find somebody to experiment upon? Is it because child experimentation of this kind wouldn’t ever fly in England? If there is a cultural issue with feeding children bugs in England, why is that?
Just because somebody else has eaten bugs during a time of starvation in the past is giving them bugs now morally justified?
“The benefits of insect powders against malnutrition have been practiced in some regions of the country. Despite the intervention showing observable nutrition changes in children, this claim has not been proven yet.” (SOURCE)
Read that for what it is. People ate bugs so they wouldn’t die, and they lived. Because of this, we are now morally justified to see if a bug diet will cause observable nutrition changes in children.
Cognitive function, height, weight, and micronutrient status are all going to be measured in these kids. And what if we find that there is a negative impact of eating bugs for a year on cognitive function? I suppose this is an acceptable risk?
And what can we say about finding the poorest of the poor to experiment upon? Are the people of rural Zimbabwe known for being the shining examples of a developed civilization, or is poverty the norm? The answer is poverty. Why didn’t we decide to choose somebody with money to experiment on here? Not only are we feeding people bugs, not only are we feeding children bugs, not only are we running an experiment to see if bugs impact the health of children, but we’re also doing this on poor people.
This is absolutely disgusting.
If you agree, tell us in the comment section below. Heck, if you disagree, tell us why. Let’s discuss it.
Mike is a coffee drinker who spends time fixing cars and eating pasta.