06/27/2013 04:47 pm ET

Insects Served Up At Netherlands Embassy Discussion On Future Of Food

You wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall at this dinner.

The Royal Netherlands Embassy in D.C. served up insects to guests at an event Wednesday night to discuss the future of food, WJLA reports.

Why were bugs on the menu?

According to Dr. Marcel Dicke, an entomologist from the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands, the population on the globe is expected to dramatically increase in coming years, and there's no way to produce enough meat for everyone to eat.

"Insects are an excellent source of meat, and insects are the meat of the future," Dicke told WTOP.

Even the United Nations agrees.

In May, the UN issued a report exploring the potential of insect-based diets, finding that eating those creepy crawlers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution, as well as create jobs in the developing world and feed starving people all over the globe, according to Yahoo! News.

Daniella Martin -- the founder of the website "GirlMeetsBug.com" regularly posts instructional YouTube videos on how to cook various insects -- joined Dicke to teach those in attendance that eating insects is not only nutritious but also delicious.

Some of the delicious dishes served up at the embassy included guacamole with Mexican crickets, Dutch mealworm pancakes, and sauttéed crickets with asparagus spears, according to WTOP.

Still have reservations? The UN estimates that two billion people all over the world already eat insects -- mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but also European countries like the Netherlands.

There was one bug, however, that some of the bug-eating enthusiasts at the embassy said they wouldn't eat: cockroaches.

Dr. Mike Raupp, an entomologist with the University of Maryland, told WTOP that cockroaches "are a little too fatty, a little to greasy for [his] taste."

Check out some Tweets from the Netherlands Embassy's buggy night:



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