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Buncombe students want to end hunger--with bugs??

Students at North Buncombe Middle School are completing a research project on how to end world hunger. Their solution? Eat more bugs!! (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Students at North Buncombe Middle School are completing a research project on how to end world hunger.

Their solution? Eat more bugs!!

A house favorite is drizzled lemon-caramel ants and ants that taste like lemon-covered sweet caramel eaten in Australia, Columbia and Thailand.

Insects are on the menu in Katherine Zamarra's 7th-grade classroom.

The students were given two weeks to create food trucks and menus to convince people in the U.S. to eat more insects -- like other people do around the world.

The cross-curriculum assignment also included sampling some insects in the classroom

'At first it was like eating bugs was like crazy, like who would eat bugs? That's weird," said Toby, a student. "But now it's kinda more normal, 'cause in other countries people eat bugs. Even in Australia people eat bugs."

"I guess in some cases the texture could be weird, but you just think about it as something you would normally eat, and then it's not as bad," said Abby, another 7th-grader.

Sorry Abby --- I didn't like the taste or the texture -- but a lot of the students liked them.

People eat mealworms in South Africa, and in Mexico they eat grasshoppers. People in Vietnam eat scorpions.

They say it takes less resources to grow and process the insects -- plus they have more protein and calcium, and less fat.

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