One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Poison : A Revisionist View of the Seagull 'Miracle'
Nevada Historical Society Quarterly
This article says that Mormon reaction to the cricket invasion was social and not economic. Crickets were high in nutritutional value and a food staple in the locality, while the seagulls were seen by others as intrusive food competitors. History of the seagull miracle and reactions to it by Mormons and surrounding communities is also in article.