San Francisco Health Department has banned La Oaxaqueña Bakery and Restaurant from selling their famous grasshopper tacos. I've never tasted them but I certainly would! The problem isn't that they're serving grasshoppers, but rather their Oaxaca grasshopper source isn't FDA-approved. (Photo of "A basket of Chapulines (Roasted Cricket) in a market in Tepoztlan, Mexico" by Meutia Caerani/Indradi Soemardjan.) From KGO:
(Proprietor Harry) Persaud says grasshoppers are a traditional food in his native Oaxaca."SF won't let restaurant owner sell grasshopper tacos"
"They're eaten on every street corner in Oaxaca, they're sold in all the markets and they've been doing that for decades," Persaud said.
In fact, Persaud says he gets the grasshoppers straight from Oaxaca, along with the mole and the tortillas, to make his food as authentic as possible...
"They want us to get grasshoppers from here, United States," Persaud said.
Even though Persaud has a permit to import the grasshoppers, the health department says the place he is buying them is not FDA approved. In fact, they said they do not know of any federally approved source for grasshoppers.
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.