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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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Bugs may solve food sustainability problems

Bugs may solve food sustainability problems | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
While many people search for a solution to a pestering insect problem, Kenzie Wade, junior in anthropology, looks at insects as the solution to a more complex problem. Wade said she saw the crawling creatures as exciting opportunities. She said she hoped to transform her bug-eating school project into a growing business.

“I would like to bring food sustainability to cultural preservation,” Wade said.

According to Wade, she had to choose a topic and write a blog from her environmental anthropology class. Wade used the assignment to pursue her interest in food sustainability by eating insects, or entomophagy.
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Why Is This Girl Eating Bugs and Climbing El Cap?

Why Is This Girl Eating Bugs and Climbing El Cap? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
On the Dawn Wall, Tommy Caldwell credited eating healthier to being one of the keys to his and Kevin Jorgeson’s success. Forget the normal big-wall diet of beef jerky, ramen noodles and canned peac...
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Are You Ready For A Diet Of Insects?

Are You Ready For A Diet Of Insects? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Tyrades! By Danny Tyree When I was a six-year-old lad lusting over the "ant farm" advertisements in 12-cent comic books, I had no idea how ahead-of-their-time those ads were. According to the April...
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"According to the April 10 “Newsweek,” entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and farmers are scrambling to cash in on using processed insects for food. Buoyed by a 2013 United Nations report and funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, they hope to reinvent Americans’ idea of desirable food sources and get a leg up (six legs up?) on the competition."

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Bugs for breakfast?

Bugs for breakfast? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
RENO, Nev. - There are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth and more than 2 billion people already include insects in their diets -- so why don't we?

Explore the world of "entomophagy" - the practice of eating insects - during a lecture and bug tasting at the May Museum! Dr. Michelle Roberts, a cultural anthropologist from UNR, will discuss insects and diet in Southeast Asia. Find out what insects can be eaten and how.
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Trend Watch: The Future Of Food | TimesCity

Trend Watch: The Future Of Food | TimesCity | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insect eating, scientifically termed as Entomophagy, is an age-old tradition. And even today, many cultures still practise it. Read on to know more about this food trend.
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Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to expand the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.
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"On the streets of Bangkok, you can buy just about any kind of food you can imagine. And more you probably don't want to. Pad Thai, spicy stir-fried shrimp with noodles, thick red chicken curries would fall into the first category. Fried silkworm larvae, grasshoppers or stir-fried bees might fall into the latter."

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Insects as food: Potential hazards and research needs

Insects as food: Potential hazards and research needs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The consumption of insects or eat bugs, is a common practice in some parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Latin America), where it may become part of the traditional food culture. To meet the challeng...
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Dining with Insects and Wine

Dining with Insects and Wine | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
FARGO, N.D. -
A trending tasting event, is creeping and crawling its way into Fargo.

Dozens of people took part in wine and bug sampling for the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society.

If you're allergic to seafood, you may want to skip the insects.But for this group of fifty, they decided to take a bite out of nature.

You may cringe, scream or squash any insect you meet. But for this group, it's a different story, they're paring crickets, grasshoppers and even scorpions with wine.

But why?
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6 Snacks Made From Bugs You'll Be Eating Soon (PHOTOS)

6 Snacks Made From Bugs You'll Be Eating Soon (PHOTOS) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
How would you feel if I told you that in the near future we'll all be eating bugs? Like it or not, this is shaping up to be the next frontier in food. But don't worry -- it won't be as gross and gulping down freshly-dug grubs. 
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Insects Improve Food Security 

Insects Improve Food Security  | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Meet Sengthong. Whether he knows it or not, he is playing a vital role in improving food security in Laos, a country where over 40% of children are undernourished. 

Sengthong explains, "I started to collect when I was 35 years old. No one taught me; I did it myself. At first when I was collecting, I used my own hands. I couldn't collect a lot so I started using a small plastic bag. I then changed to using a bigger bag, wish which I can collect by swinging it around. I concentrate on collecting insects to sell for my income. Because I otherwise don't know how I would make money."

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Meet the Chef Who Travels the World to Eat Bugs

Meet the Chef Who Travels the World to Eat Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Most people prefer their insects squashed, swatted, and far from their dinner plates. Chef David George Gordon, on the other hand, likes his bugs marinated, fried, and well-seasoned. Author of the aptly named Eat a Bug cookbook, Chef Gordon has made a career out of taking the ick-factor out of bug eats.
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Shailene Woodley Eats Bugs, Calls Insects the 'Future of Food'

Shailene Woodley Eats Bugs, Calls Insects the 'Future of Food' | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Shailene Woodley is keeping her hippy persona alive thanks to her recent quotes about eating all types of bugs.

After a series of oddball interviews and her stroll through New York City barefoot, the 23-year-old Insurgent star was eager to share with Nylonmagazine that she consumes insects. "I've eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great," she reveals in a video for the publication. "I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens."

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That’s Not Gross—That’s Sustainable Protein

That’s Not Gross—That’s Sustainable Protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Don’t say “eww” just yet. Keep your eyes—and mind—open as Jonas Pedersen and Josh Evans of Nordic Food Lab dabble in what many would see as the dregs of the food chain but some view as the future of sustainable dining.

From bugs to guts, nothing here is too taboo for the table. It’s just a matter of preparation, balancing flavors and textures, and pursuing creative visions of what’s possible.


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Eating Bugs with Anna Faris, Tituss Burgess & Chef David George Gordon - YouTube

Chef David George Gordon, who prepares gourmet dishes with bugs as protein, has James, Anna and Tituss try ants, cockroaches and a deep fried tarantula. Subs...
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Senzu Foods team sees big appetite for insect-based foods

Senzu Foods team sees big appetite for insect-based foods | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
FIU students cook up palatable recipes incorporating insects as cheap and healthy forms of protein.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Here’s some food for thought: What if creepy crawlies were to become the next health-food craze?

Three Florida International University students want to make insects a staple of the American diet and have already whipped up some recipes that are mixed with bugs."

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Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs?

Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Scientists say it’s time to start appealing to our tastebuds rather than logic
Ana C. Day's insight:

"According to a team of psychologists and culinary experts, arguments that appeal to your logic aren’t going to convince you to ingest insects. Instead, it will require appealing to your taste buds and eyes, making food with bugs simply more enjoyable to eat."

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20 Delicious Bug Recipes from Chefs

20 Delicious Bug Recipes from Chefs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug appetit! Here's how Rick Bayless and Curtis Stone like their insects
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Environmentalists and foodies alike have been hailing bugs as the future of eco-friendly protein. That’s great news for chefs and bug scientists with a taste for insects, including Marcel Dicke, an ecological entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands who gave a 2010 TED talk called “Why Not Eat Insects?” (His dish of choice: dragonfly larvae.)"

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We Did. Eat Bugs.

We Did. Eat Bugs. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
  I laid them out on the counter. A satchel of cricket flour, one of whole roasted crickets, whole roasted mealworm and a variety of flavoured Bug Bistro, would you like a beer with that, snac...
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"Great, I was willing to bet, might be pushing it. So in a moment reminiscent of how Fear Factor contestants scored points by ingesting nasty-looking creepy crawlies, thrusting bare tongues out to prove the deed was done, I cracked open the roasted cricket pouch and shoved one in my mouth, chewing fast, swallowing hard.


I’m pleased to report that cricket is nature’s Rice Crispie". Said Lizzie

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Glasgow children would rather eat bugs from garden than greens - according to breakfast cereal firm

Glasgow children would rather eat bugs from garden than greens - according to breakfast cereal firm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

WE'VE all resisted eating greens at one point or another in life, but apparently children in Glasgow will go even further and eat bugs.

According to a survey of city parents, 45 per cent have munched on creepy crawlies but 75 per cent refuse to eat a plate of greens.

Now the figures - about 100 parents in Glasgow taking part in a nation-wide online poll - also suggest that worms (19 per cent), caterpillars (11 per cent) and ants (10 per cent) were the most popular dining choices.

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The Bug Shack at TEDx and other events

The Bug Shack at TEDx and other events | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Dr Jenny Josephs, founder of The Bug Shack has been invited to talk about edible insects at TEDx Southampton University. She will also be hosting a breakout session where visitors can try some delicious bug snacks and ask questions about entomophagy. You can book tickets from the Nuffield Theatre website.
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Butterflies in Your Stomach

Butterflies in Your Stomach | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The nascent entomophagy movement — barbecue-flavored roasted mealworms, cookies baked from cricket flour — has gotten some recent (sorry) buzz on campus.

Insects, a traditional snack of Asia, Africa and Mexico, are high in calcium, iron and zinc and are a more sustainable protein than livestock (less water, food, land and greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2013 United Nations report).

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People Eat Bugs For The First Time - YouTube

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Crickets, grasshoppers, worms pushed as protein food of future

Crickets, grasshoppers, worms pushed as protein food of future | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Eating insects as a movement to reduce the global environmental impact of food production gains momentum, and is getting taken to a younger crowd.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"The movement to persuade Americans to reduce beef in their diet by eating bugs — "micro livestock" — is gaining momentum ahead of a global meat forum, as seen recently in a Denver Public Schools classroom."

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These 15 Insects Are Totally Edible, But Are They Delicious? Try Them And See

These 15 Insects Are Totally Edible, But Are They Delicious? Try Them And See | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
I always knew that some cultures eat bugs. As a kid, I could never figure out why. I liked McNuggets and Happy Meals. Why did some kids around the world prefer scorpions and worms?Since I grew up, ...
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Shailene Woodley, a Doctor and an Entrepreneur All Have This Gross Thing in Common

Shailene Woodley, a Doctor and an Entrepreneur All Have This Gross Thing in Common | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Shailene Woodley believes in bugs. Or rather, she believes that we should be eating them. The 23-year-old star of “Divergent” recently confessed to Nylon:

“The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten … I’ve eaten ants and that was great, uh, and june bugs that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.”
Woodley makes a bold claim since I always thought the food of the future would be Gogurt or maybe protein-packed Pop-Tarts. Never would I have predicted a backward return to bugs.
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