Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food
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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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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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Edible insects: Would you eat a protein bar made of crickets?

Edible insects: Would you eat a protein bar made of crickets? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Ant and Dec have a lot to answer for. The television presenters are unwittingly helping to block one of the most logical and healthy solutions to an impending European protein shortage; edible insects.

Ana C. Day's insight:

"The projections are stark. Livestock farming is becoming unsustainable. Soya, the main protein source in animal feed, costs up to £1,000 a ton and it takes 25kg of soya to rear 1kg of beef. Domestically we only produce 2 per cent of the soya we need."

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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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Insect Futures Could Be The Next Big Thing

Insect Futures Could Be The Next Big Thing | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Investors are frantically seeking an edge in the markets…

And with markets like gold and crude oil so crowded, it’s time to start thinking outside the box.

Well, there is a new commodity that’s poised to invade all parts of the market, from agriculture to medicine.

Some people might find it disturbing, but there’s already demand. Over one quarter of the world is consuming this new commodity, and more are catching on every day!

This Idea “Has Legs”
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Is Bug Eating The World's Last Great Hope? | RECIPE CORNER

Is Bug Eating The World's Last Great Hope? | RECIPE CORNER | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Daniella Martin opens up to RC about her world-wide journey into eating and cooking with creepy crawlers and her new book,
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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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Edible Baja Arizona | Don’t Bug Me | Edible Baja Arizona

Edible Baja Arizona | Don’t Bug Me | Edible Baja Arizona | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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Bugfest brings insect friends and phobes together

Bugfest brings insect friends and phobes together | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Inn at Virginia Tech will be full of creepy-crawlies this weekend. Luckily, they won't be calling the exterminators.
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Creepy crawlies worm their way onto plates at pop-up 'pestaurant'

Creepy crawlies worm their way onto plates at pop-up 'pestaurant' | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
'Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub,' Bart Simpson once eloquently professed, and it appears Londoners may have been saying exactly the same at this pop-up 'pestauarant.'
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Anyone for cricket. . . or perhaps a locust? - Independent.ie

Anyone for cricket. . . or perhaps a locust? - Independent.ie | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Forget lab-grown burgers, the future of protein consumption lies in creepy, crawly, crunchy insects

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The health food credentials are impressive. The report reads: "The composition of unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids in mealworms is comparable with that in fish and higher than in cattle and pigs.

The protein, vitamin and mineral content is similar to that in fish and meat. Many insects are rich in protein and good fats and high in calcium, iron and zinc."

It's why 1,900 species are eaten today in Africa, Asia and South America. They eat beetles (31pc of the world's population), caterpillars (18pc), bees, wasps and ants (14pc) crickets and grasshoppers and locusts (13pc)."

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A Taste Of The Future Of Food

A Taste Of The Future Of Food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Transcript CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: Unless you've been hiding under a burger bun for the past week, you've probably heard the story about the lab
Ana C. Day's insight:

"HEADLEE: One of the other things that's just coming up recently is the idea of insects as food. And, in fact, you can actually do searches on the Internet and find restaurants that feature either ground-up insects or insects whole.

(LAUGHTER)

HEADLEE: Could we be seeing more and more insects creeping into our food?

GAYE: It's already quite popular in a few European countries, especially the Netherlands where they're, year on year, growing and selling many more insects. But also, there are countries like Australia where they've decided to call locusts flying prawns or flying shrimp, and they found that people eat them much more readily if they have a different name. But also, ground-up grasshoppers ground into bars such as muesli bars with fruits and nuts, using a cricket flower. People actua...."

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Gastronomic food travel adventures Bizarre food fests around the globe - eTurboNews.com

Gastronomic food travel adventures Bizarre food fests around the globe - eTurboNews.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Scouring the globe to discover some of the world’s more bizarre food festivals, cheapflights.com.au, has investigated food festivals devoted to ...
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BugFest, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Only for those with an ironclad stomach (or fans of "Fear Factor"), the annual BugFest, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, incorporates insects and creepy crawlers in all of its featured dishes. This festival, on September 21, encourages participants to try bug-inspired foods prepared by local chefs, and fine-tune their entomophagy skills - the practice of eating bugs. Some of last year’s popular dishes included superworm enchiladas and cinnamon-sugar crickets.

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UN Popularizes Insects on Mexican Menus

Anyone for an insect taco? Mexico's taste for eating creepy crawlies -- originating from the Pre-Columbian era -- could be the answer to ending hunger. Unite...
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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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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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About 30 Days of Bugs

About 30 Days of Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why would anyone eat bugs? Find out why entomophagy is a sustainable food practice.
The first thing you should know is that bugs are healthy.In fact, insects are so nutritious that the United Nations is encouraging people around the world to eat more of them. Yes, I said more of them. Approximately 2 billion people are already eating insects. It’s called entomophagy and it is a fancy word for bug consumption. Surprisingly, insects are one the healthiest foods you can eat. Critters like crickets, mealworms and waxworms are jam-packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. They are creepy- crawly superfoods.
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Creepy crawly cravings

Creepy crawly cravings | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Imagine eating worms in porridge, locusts on pizza and bug bolognaise - and all this without a Bushtucker Trial in sight! Popping in for a spot of breakfast, we meet Peter Bickerton, 24, a man who eats critters every single day.

Peter swears his I’m A Celeb diet is great for his health, but is that enough to tempt Phillip and Holly to tuck in too?

Catch up with anything you've missed on This Morning on ITV Player
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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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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.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"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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Bioeconomy is the way to go - Nation | The Star Online

Bioeconomy is the way to go - Nation | The Star Online | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Biotechnology has the potential to cut across various industries and transform Malaysia into a high income nation, with an inclusive and sustainable economy.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"FANCY having a bug-patty burger for a meal? It might sound gross, but bugs and creepy crawlies may be the ultimate solution to reducing world hunger."

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Creepy-crawly cuisine on the menu at Central Park's 'Hunt, Gather and Cook Insects' program - News

Creepy-crawly cuisine on the menu at Central Park's 'Hunt, Gather and Cook Insects' program - News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
"Why do you eat bugs?" 5-year-old Alan Diller sensibly asked his grandmother as they stood Saturday ankle-deep in Lancaster County Central Park's Mill Creek."Because there's so many of them and they're good for you," replied Sandy Terhune of...
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Eating Insects: Why The Newest Food Trend Is Actually An Amazing Idea | Marie Claire

Eating Insects: Why The Newest Food Trend Is Actually An Amazing Idea | Marie Claire | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
insects, eating insects, Ento
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Insects will help feed the world.

Eating bugs is good for the environment. 

Bugs don't taste like you expect.

Bugs are low-calorie.

Bugs are delicious.

Bugs will fill you up.

Bugs that are suitable for eating can be hard to find.

Don't be scared.

Ento is working with Grey Goose to host a three-day insect fine dining pop-up restaurant in London from 15 August to 17 August. Click here for more information.

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A Taste Of The Future Of Food

Transcript CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST: Unless you've been hiding under a burger bun for the past week, you've probably heard the story about the lab
Ana C. Day's insight:

"

HEADLEE: One of the other things that's just coming up recently is the idea of insects as food. And, in fact, you can actually do searches on the Internet and find restaurants that feature either ground-up insects or insects whole.

(LAUGHTER)

HEADLEE: Could we be seeing more and more insects creeping into our food?

GAYE: It's already quite popular in a few European countries, especially the Netherlands where they're, year on year, growing and selling many more insects. But also, there are countries like Australia where they've decided to call locusts flying prawns or flying shrimp, and they found that people eat them much more readily if they have a different name. But also, ground-up grasshoppers ground into bars such as muesli bars with fruits and nuts, using a cricket flower. People actually don't know it's insects at all.

So, I think when we grind them up and we make insect patties - mixed with vegetables and onions - people don't really know any different.

HEADLEE: Have you eaten them?

GAYE: I have eaten them. Actually pretty good and they all taste quite differently; some are quite cheesy, others are a bit like lemon, and some are sort of nutty. And I think that's it really is just about the way we're socialized around animals and insects where we think, ew, creepy crawlies or bugs or they're dirty. But the way in which they're bred is actually incredibly hygienic. They love to be bred in captivity in small spaces."

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And like everything else we hold dear, we’ll screw this up mightily | Singlebarbed

And like everything else we hold dear, we’ll screw this up mightily | Singlebarbed | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Science suggests that with most arable land under cultivation and with the world’s oceans under duress, the only unexploited source of food remaining is INSECTS

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Would You Eat a Fly Larva Taco?

Would You Eat a Fly Larva Taco? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
These creepy crawlies are full of protein and are taking over your dinner plate.
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