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    More People Are Consuming Guinea Pigs

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    More people are reportedly consuming guinea pigs.

    The popularity of eating guinea pigs is on the rise and not because of the ever-expanding genre of weird reality show competitions.

    In an effort to please local palates, South American restaurants have been adding them to their menus.

    American restaurants have increased their offerings of the meat as well. One distribution company in Connecticut reported nearly doubled demand since 2008.

    The 2-pound critters have been touted as being easy on the environment as far as protein ranching goes. They’re twice as efficient as cows in turning food into meat and require half the amount of feed.

    Matt Miller, a writer with The Nature Conservancy, thinks that eating guinea pigs is a good idea but doubts it’ll catch on in the United States. He said, “There's a clear cultural prejudice against eating guinea pigs, and rodents in general.”

    If you can’t wait to bite into a guinea pig burger, but don’t want to eat alone check out extreme dining clubs. Group activities run the gamut from eating live octopus to frog curry.