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Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food
Insects as a protein alternative and solution to our world's food crisis.
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These Yummy Cookies Were Made With Bugs

These Yummy Cookies Were Made With Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
These Yummy Cookies Were Made With Bugs
You know that whole “the population
is exploding and soon we won’t have enough food to feed everyone” thing? No? Well, it’s a big issue. We need to…
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The benefits of eating bugs - Meet the new Paleo diet.

The benefits of eating bugs - Meet the new Paleo diet. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Meet the new Paleo diet
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"YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD of the Stone Age diet craze known as the Paleolithic Diet, made popular most recently by Dr. Loren Cordain's best-seller The Paleo Diet. The premise is simple: If our early human ancestors couldn't have eaten it, we shouldn't, either. It's the one time, it seems, that being like a caveman is a good thing.

The theory goes (and archaeological evidence corroborates) that early hunter-gatherers, while they may not have lived as long, still had some major health advantages......."

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Eating Insects for Dinner Could Save the World

Eating Insects for Dinner Could Save the World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Rachael Young has been getting a lot of attention for her culinary explorations. But the founder of the pro-entomophagy organization Eat Yummy Bugs is, more...
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Bugs Are Nutritious, So We Should Eat Them All | VICE United States

Bugs Are Nutritious, So We Should Eat Them All | VICE United States | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
We spoke with a successful entrepreneur about her bug-based baking company and why she believes insects are the future of food. Eighty percent of the world regularly consumes critters; every year, Ame…
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Bug Bonanza: There's a movement afoot to reimagine protein

Bug Bonanza: There's a movement afoot to reimagine protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In the Gospels, John the Baptist, who wore itchy camel hair clothes under the hot sun of the Middle East, subsisted on a diet of wild locusts and honey. Today Jesus' gastronomically adventurous cousin would be just another foot soldier in a f...
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Bug buffet set for Feb. 21 at MSU

Bug buffet set for Feb. 21 at MSU | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

MSU will hold its 26th annual bug buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. It is free and open to the public.

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"BOZEMAN – The annual opportunity to try cricket stir fry, wax moth quesadillas and mealworm dream bars is almost here, with fresh insects being flown in this week from northern Minnesota and Louisiana.

Montana State University will hold its 26th annual bug buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Plant Growth Center along Eleventh Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

The buffet will offer seven entrees, appetizers and desserts that incorporate insects, also known as land shrimp, said MSU entomologist and buffet organizerFlorence Dunkel.  New this year will be a fresh garden salad with “hopper toppings.”  Land shrimp is a new term that refers to more than 1,900 documented species of edible insects."

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Go Fork Yourself: Bugs & Kisses

Go Fork Yourself: Bugs & Kisses | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Experiencing Food, Sharing Culture
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On this episode, Andrew talks about his amazing BBQ experience in Atlanta, Molly explains why she wants the James Beard Awards to move to Chicago, and they discuss why we should all add insects to our diets. Plus, they answer listener questions about baby food and interior farming.

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James Beard FoundationAndrew’s Atlanta restaurant recommendations: Heirloom Market BBQ & SobbanHere’s Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs (Huffington Post)Andrew’s San Francisco insect restaurant recommendations: Don Bugito & Chirp 
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Open source DIY bug farm aims to make growing edible insects at home as easy as growing sprouts

Open source DIY bug farm aims to make growing edible insects at home as easy as growing sprouts | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
While growing sprouts and micro-greens on your counter is a great start, the future of sustainable home food production might be found in growing and harvesting your own edible insects.
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Eating Insects - Classy USA Top Restaurants With Bugs on the Menu

Eating Insects - Classy USA Top Restaurants With Bugs on the Menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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EDIBLE by Daniella Martin

EDIBLE by Daniella Martin | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Digging into the latest culinary trend, "entomophagist," or bug-eating expert, Martin expounds upon the "ecological, nutritional, economic, global and culinary" benefits of consuming insects.
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Digging into the latest culinary trend, “entomophagist,” or bug-eating expert, Martin expounds upon the “ecological, nutritional, economic, global and culinary” benefits of consuming insects.

The author’s interest in eating insects began when she was studying pre-Columbian food and medicine in Mexico, where she intentionally ate her first bug. Later, she read a galvanizing article detailing a bug cook-off between insect chefs in Virginia. “The article discussed new research on insects as a possible global food source, a potential solution to world hunger, and an eco-friendly alternative to beef and other livestock,” she writes. .."

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Here's Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs

Here's Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Wait, just hear us out. Insects could be the next big thing in food....
Ana C. Day's insight:

"In 2012, we rediscovered kale and started nibbling on gluten-free everything. Then 2013 brought us Cronuts, the delicious pastry mashup. We've obsessed over Sriracha, pumpkin spice, seaweed -- but what will be the next big trend in food?

Bugs! It could be, anyway. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is hailed by entomologists, or people who study them, as a healthy and eco-friendly food solution with a strong culinary tradition (in some cultures). A few high-end restaurants have already put them on the menu. The Michelin-starred Aphrodite restaurant in France, for example, serves up mealworms and crickets with foie gras. British chef Peter Gorton created a menu with entomologist Peter Smithers to feature bugs in every dish.

David Faure, who runs Aphrodite, told Bloomberg the idea to cook with bugs was a product of his world travels. "It’s really a question of taste," the chef said.

And indeed, it's no secret that people generally associate bugs with..."

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Lunch In The Not-Too-Distant Future? (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Lunch In The Not-Too-Distant Future? (PHOTOS, VIDEO) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Daniella Martin is so buggy for bugs that she had toasted crickets at her wedding, and regularly makes tacos, pizzas and sandwiches using crickets, mealworms and drone bees.

Martin has been a committed entomophagist (the term for grub-loving gourm...
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10 reasons why eating insects can save the world

10 reasons why eating insects can save the world | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Food writer and self-confessed gastronaut Stefan Gates traveled to South East Asia (Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam) to discover whether eating insects can save the world. Watch this doco as it as...
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Why You Should be Eating Bugs and Other Gross Things

Why You Should be Eating Bugs and Other Gross Things | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Western culture has taught us to eat all the wrong things for all the wrong reasons.
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The value of insects

The value of insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

"Montreal Ecosystems at your Service" posted an amazing video called The Way We See Insects, done by PhD student Dorothy Maguire.

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d) Food: insects are an essential food source for wildlife and humans. In some cultures, 5-10% of dietary protein is provided by insects

e) Goods: insects manufacture high value products such as silk and honey

f) Waste recycling: insects decompose waste, and thus provide a key service by dealing with the dung, and facilitating seed transport in the process.

In the video, below, Dorothy mentions that in the USA, insects have an 'economic value' of somewhere around $57 billion. As such, we must love these animals, and conserve their habitat."

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To Save the World, Eat Bugs

To Save the World, Eat Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Two billion people worldwide already eat 1,900 insect species. The United Nations hopes that one day Americans will, too. What would it take for that to happen?
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VIDEO: Can Eating Bugs Save The World?

VIDEO: Can Eating Bugs Save The World? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Candied sesame crickets are not the first ingredient most people would add to a stir fry. But for entomophagist and author Daniella Martin, cooking with bugs is a favorite treat. Martin stopped by HuffPost Live to share her recipes and to discuss why...
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MSU Hosts 26th Bug Buffet

MSU Hosts 26th Bug Buffet | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Montana State University offered an unusual buffet in their plant growth center Friday afternoon.
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Local business makes protein powder from bugs

Local business makes protein powder from bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The ingredients for a protein bar can include the following: peanuts, fruit, soy and now — bugs.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Aaron Dossey, founder and sole employee of Athens-based All Things Bugs, is seeking to change the protein game with his patent-pending process that turns insects into a healthy powder ingredient.

Bugs are a good source of protein, higher than other animal products, and are more sustainable than larger animals. So, the idea of eating bugs, although foreign to Americans, could soon catch on, and Dossey wants to lead the way.

"This is a healthy product, starts as a clean product and it's sustainable,” he said.

Dossey said his product came about from a passion for entomology, the study of insects, a fascination that he has held since he was a boy.

"I would say I’ve always been kind of the kid of the outfield in tee ball looking at flowers and bees and stuff," Dossey said. "I always learned about plants and things and it particularly really caught on in high school when I had to do insect collection for honors zoology and biology."

Dossey continued his education in biochemistry at Oklahoma State University and received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida. After what seemed+

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Bugs: It’s What’s For Dinner

Bugs: It’s What’s For Dinner | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Thanks to support from both the U.N. and the foodie community, insects may creep onto restuarant menus and supermarket shelves in just a few years.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Monica Martinez has always cared about where her food comes from — so much so that she once considered raising her own cow. She ultimately decided against it, but only because it wouldn’t fit in her tiny backyard.  

So the San Francisco-based artist scaled down and began raising mealworms. She then built a series of Bauhaus-style hutches for people to farm their own mealworms as a low-cost, protein-rich food source. In 2010, she signed up to display her Wurmhauses at a Brooklyn gallery. To generate buzz for the show, she asked a nearby restaurant to host a smorgasbord of insect-based dishes. It was hugely popular — even more so than the show itself."

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▶ Bugs or Burgers? Exploring edible protein | A Big Picture film - YouTube

Have you considered where our sources of dietary protein come from and what effect producing and eating them has on the environment and our health? Marina in...
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Bug eaters, entrepreneurs unite at Future Food Salon on Feb. 19

Bug eaters, entrepreneurs unite at Future Food Salon on Feb. 19 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Austin is the third city to host Alimentary Initiatives' Future Food Salon, an event in partnership with local nonprofit Little Herds.
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Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet (book review)

Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet (book review) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
If you have not "tasted the revolution" yet, learn why and how from Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug fame
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The creepy crawly solution to the world’s growing hunger problem: Eat more bugs!

The creepy crawly solution to the world’s growing hunger problem: Eat more bugs! | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why society needs to get over its insect-phobia and embrace the most abundant form of protein we've got
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Food & Recipes | Boston Herald

Food & Recipes | Boston Herald | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs — they’re what’s for dinner.
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"Bugs — they’re what’s for dinner.

Daniella Martin makes the case that dragonflies, mealworms, beetle grubs, crickets, grasshoppers and bee larvae belong on the menu in “Edible” (New Harvest, $23), in stores Tuesday.

“Most people in Western society are brainwashed about insects,” said the Minneapolis-based Martin.

What many Westerners see as creepy crawly nightmares, other cultures see as food. Martin has explored the insect cuisines of Mexico, Thailand, Japan and the burgeoning bug-friendly niches of Southern California and Austin, Texas. They are eaten raw, sauteed, and roasted, and even ground into flour for baking."

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