Edible insects a boon to Thailand’s farmers

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** CHECK FIRST NAME SPELLING ** In this photo taken Aug. 5, 2014, Boontham Puthachat, 47, stands in his cricket farm at Thanon Nang Klarn village in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeastern Thailand. Boontham’s family is one of 30 in this village raising mounds of the profitable crisp and crunchy critters in their backyards, satisfying a big domestic appetite for edible insects, and a slowly emerging international one in countries where most diners would rather starve than sample fried grasshoppers or omelets studded with red ant eggs. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand (AP) — Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

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