There is the romantic story of having a lizard on the plate as food in China. There is also bug-eating (isunsun) in Nigeria. And in Kunming, China, they deliberately sell insect as spiced foods again. The insects are not cruel beings after all. Though tiny sort of meat! The notion of insect-eating is hated by most cosmopolitan minds while locals think otherwise and consider the nutrients contained in the body of insects even when they are not ethnobotanists. Though not all insects are edible of course!
Insect-eating is not so weird like that after all, even for the most millennial minds. We all eat honey after all! Our ancestors first dug termites out of mounds or began arguing with bees over who should have access to their sweet treasure hoards. Yet there are remnants, tide-pools of living knowledge and practice that have so far escaped the tsunami of industrial progessivism. These eco-cultural remnants are relevant insofar as they have survived into the twenty-first century; they have enabled people to survive and even remain resilient in the face of radical environmental, political, cultural, and climatic changes.
Housefly cannot be eaten of course. Not all insects are nutritious to our body. As insects creep into our cooking repertoire, we would do well to pay attention to those stories—which insects were eaten, and why, and how were they prepared? At its best, the path to normalizing insects on the plate is a path that leads through mutual respect to greater ecological and cultural understanding.