Hungry for Bugs

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Bugs are highly nutritious and can help fight world hunger. Some enthusiasts in Japan are trying to create a new trend out of an old tradition: bug cuisine. They hope their efforts will help revitalize a battered regional economy, as well as sustain astronauts on their future missions to Mars. These Japanese cuisine pioneers put their creativity to work in convincing people that bugs can not only be tasty but also environmentally friendly and a sustainable food source.

Director Luis Patrón
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Culture / Food
Air Date (JST) Thursday, June 11, 2015
Monday, July 18, 2016 *rerun

About Director

Luis Patrón

Luis Patrón


Born in Mexico in 1972, Luis produces and directs documentaries and news reports for networks and organizations around the world. NHK, Al Jazeera, VPRO, the Wall Street Journal, and the United Nations, have all acquired his works. With a uniquely creative approach, Luis explores a variety of subjects in the fields of science, technology, nature, wildlife, culture, and contemporary Japan.


Girl Under the Sea, 2014
Black for life, 2011
Voices of the Chichinautzin, 2007