2012-04-11

Co.Exist

Would You Eat A Guinea Pig?

In South America, the guinea pig is a common food item. In the U.S., it’s a common household pet. Could you settle your stomach for a more sustainable food solution?

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. But a world in which we all eat beef won’t last very long, given the effects of industrial cow farming on the planet. We need protein, and as societies develop, they tend to want more and more of it—in meat form. We’re going to have to pursue other avenues of getting it that are potentially alien to our Western sensibilities about food. So don’t get too squeamish when you watch this video from Roads and Kingdoms about the eating of cuy, or guinea pig.

We’ve written before about the Ento Box, a high-design solution to the ickiness of eating bugs. By housing the creepy crawlies in beautiful packaging and making them indistinguishable in the food, the creators of Ento Box hope they can be more powerful. The folks in this guinea pig video have an opposite quandry: Can you eat something so cute? You may not have a choice.

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  • disqus_5bRhQz3GGF

    Tried this in Peru. Tastes like fishy chicken, with hardly half a dozen fork fulls on the whole thing.

  • 導航旅鴿

    Chickens are quite cute too, and slaughtering chickens is equally disturbing to some. We just don't get to see that happen.
    And yes, meat is not the only source of protein.

  • SR

    maybe it's time to rethink the "get rich, eat meat" paradigm. how about "beautiful packaging" for quinoa, beans, and other plant-based sources of protein?

  • Mlorson

    I suspect that a hundreds of guinea pigs in a fattening pen would not be cute, or super green. But I am not an expert.

  • matt

    i've had cuy... it was literally decapitated and cleaved in half. all the bones and guts were still in it. and there were still chunks of hair. i don't recommend it...