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.
Curated by Ana C. Day
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Charleston women leap into cricket flour business

Charleston women leap into cricket flour business | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Even with an increasing number of commercial kitchens available for Lowcountry food entrepreneurs to rent, finding the right facility can be a challenge, especially when you’re proposing to haul a bunch of bugs into the Department of Health-ap
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Edible insect potential hinges on identifying optimal diet, say researchers

Edible insect potential hinges on identifying optimal diet, say researchers | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
They observed: “Even if global demand for crickets were to exist at a much greater scale than it does at present, a novel protein source with little or no protein conversion efficiency improvement compared to chicken is unlikely to justify the investments required to produce crickets at a scale of global significance.

“Further, the same global forces driving the recent and projected increases in conventional livestock prices will also increase the cost of crickets fed these same diets."

Therefore, they conclude: “In order for insect cultivation to sustainably augment the global supply of protein, more work is needed to identify species and design processes that capture protein from scalable, low-value organic side-streams, which are not currently consumed by conventional livestock.”
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The Future of Cricket Farming and the REAL Value of Crickets as told by Next Millennium Farms

The Future of Cricket Farming and the REAL Value of Crickets as told by Next Millennium Farms | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, we heard Jarrod’s views on how cricket farming might help with the California water crisis .  Crickets are clearly a more sustainable protein resource than things like red meat...
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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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The Environmental Benefits Of Eating Crickets Vs. Chicken: It’s Complicated

The Environmental Benefits Of Eating Crickets Vs. Chicken: It’s Complicated | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
There’s no such thing as a free lunch
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Nathan Allen from Aspire, which is launching a cricket farm in Texas, points out that the study didn’t compare other major differences between cricket farming and chicken farming, including…."


"Kevin Bachhuber from Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio, says the study also looked at food that isn’t actually fed to farmed crickets. “Crickets fed on unprocessed straw and chicken shit are….."


"And according Pat Crowley, a hydrologist and the co-founder of Chapul, a cricket protein bar company: “I would say that the largest take home from this study is that there is indeed a dearth of data on the feed conversion ratios, with much of…."


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Crickets in Planet Organic, grasshoppers on the Wahaca menu: you might be eating insects sooner than you think

Crickets in Planet Organic, grasshoppers on the Wahaca menu: you might be eating insects sooner than you think | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects, long seen as a sustainable food of the future, have arrived in Britain, and you might be eating them sooner than you think
Ana C. Day's insight:

"The idea of insects as a sustainable food source has been seriously talked about for several years now. But blow me down with the flutter of a grasshopper’s wing if I didn’t walk in to Planet Organic recently and see packets of crickets, mealworms,  buffalo worms and grasshoppers for sale, right in between the bread aisle and the bananas."

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The Cricket and the Cow // Pint of Science Australia

The Cricket and the Cow // Pint of Science Australia | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Eating insects instead of beef would feed the world in a millionth of the space and allow nature to recover from thousands of years of cattle grazing.  Grassland replacement would restore endangered habitats and species.

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"In conjunction with Pint of Science, SE-QLD Australian Science Communicators and the Edible Bug Shop, we present an evening of entertainment as we look at the science of Entomophagy."

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Poda Foods Pitch Video - To raise & process Crickets - YouTube

Poda Foods Pitch Video
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Bugs for Dinner: Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming

Bugs for Dinner:  Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Rich in protein and requiring relatively few resources to raise, the United Nations says insects should be on our plates.Though bugs make up part of a healthy, diverse diet in many non-Western cultures, Americans and Europeans generally consider eating insects to be disgusting, even ‘primitive.’ But a growing movement by edible insect enthusiasts like Kevin Bachhuber is looking to change this perception.

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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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Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated

Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Some practitioners of entomophagy believe that raising insects for consumption by humans will help solve world hunger problems. Crickets and other insects, they say, are able to convert plant matte...
Ana C. Day's insight:

"“Everyone assumes that crickets — and other insects — are the food of the future given their high feed conversion relative to livestock,” Dr. Parrella said. “However, there is very little data to support this, and this article shows the story is far more complex.”"

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'Entopreneurs' Feed Appetite for Edible Insects - YouTube

A growing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses that sell foods made from crickets, mealworms and other edible insects. The demand is straining s...
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Insects not just for looks, they’re found on the menu

Insects not just for looks, they’re found on the menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Kingsville – In addition to looking at insects, guests at Powell Gardens will have a chance to taste them.
Insect chef Stephanie Kemp talked about some of her favorite treats against the backdrop of the blue morpho butterfly show at the gardens.
“I make a mealworm cheeseball that’s pretty good,” she said, “and a chocolate chip cookie made with cricket flour.”
Kemp, Powell’s youth education coordinator, expressed doubt about having to push away throngs of people, but expects a few nibbles at the sample table, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 28 and 29.
“Usually, the kids are more adventurous than the adults,” she said.
The cookies are a favorite.
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Need protein? Try a cricket

Need protein? Try a cricket | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
If you’re wanting to add some extra crunch and protein to your next meal, bugs are the way to go.
Although not a new phenomenon, insect consumption has become more popular due to an increased demand for new animal proteins and is a field being seriously pursued by biotech entrepreneurs.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"If eating an insect raw doesn’t sound appealing to you, never fear. There are recipes for bug brownies, cookies, pancakes, protein bars and a variety of other dishes depending on how you want your protein served."

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Cricket Protein Probably Isn’t All It’s Chirped Up to Be

Cricket Protein Probably Isn’t All It’s Chirped Up to Be | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Researchers found that edible insect farming has many variables that still need to be considered.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Cultivating insects for food will make sense when they don’t compete with conventional livestock for feed, but for that to happen, the researchers said, insect farmers will need to design cost-effective ways to feed large populations of insects on underutilized organic waste and side streams."

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5 Fun Ways to Eat Crickets

5 Fun Ways to Eat Crickets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
From granola bars to straight-up roasted crickets.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Environment- and health-conscious eaters are practically jumping at the chance to consume crickets these days. Not only are the bugs rich in nutrients, paleo-friendly and gluten-free, but they’re also touted as a more sustainable alternative to other animal food sources.

Food companies are getting onboard with the trend; some are making treats made from cricket flour—i.e., flour made from ground crickets—while others are selling, well, straight-up roasted crickets."

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Eating Crickets - Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now).

Eating Crickets - Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now). | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now)
Ana C. Day's insight:

"According to the FDA, the reason a certain amount of insects are allowed in commercial food is that it’s “economically impractical to grow, harvest or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.”  

Granted, many foods contain far fewer insect parts than what is legally allowed. Still, it’s all but guaranteed you’re eating bugs."

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Salma Hayek Eats A Cricket, But Is Munching Insects A Good Idea?

Salma Hayek Eats A Cricket, But Is Munching Insects A Good Idea? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Bizarre celebrity diets are nothing new, yet Salma Hayek has still managed to surprise the internet with her choice of food.

The Hollywood actress, 48, uploaded a video of herself eating a cricket on her Instagram page on Sunday.

Ana C. Day's insight:

"While many commenting on Instagram have called the video "disgusting", Hayek isn't the only celebrity chowing down on creepy crawlies.

Angelina Jolie has previously said her children love snacking on crickets and Shailene Woodley has hailed bugs as "the future for food"

"Entomophagy (eating insects) has been the norm in many countries for as long as anyone can remember," Jo Travers from of The London Nutritionist tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle."

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Are insects the food of the future? How we will all be snacking on worm tarts & ..

Are insects the food of the future? How we will all be snacking on worm tarts & .. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In tonight's final episode of BBC Two's Back In Time For Dinner, the Robshaw family who have travelled from the 1950s to the end of the millennium are served the food of the future.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"For most of us the thought of eating insects might prove to be one culinary step too far.

But the consumption of locusts, crickets, worms and grubs could become very much a part of our diet as the cost of meat production rises, and the demand for meat grows."

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Humans Are Ready For Protein-Rich Crickets, But Are Crickets Ready For Us?

Humans Are Ready For Protein-Rich Crickets, But Are Crickets Ready For Us? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The cricket may be a dietary staple in many parts of the world, but that doesn't mean it will provide an efficient, large-scale alternate source of protein, as advocates claim. New research shows that crickets need to consume quality feed in order to be consumable themselves.
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Can insects go from pests to popular snack foods?

Can insects go from pests to popular snack foods? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Several U.S. companies aim to eliminate the yuck factor and get people to eat protein-rich bugs.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects. (“Ento” comes from the Greek word for insect.) 

These upstarts are trying to persuade more Americans to eat bugs, which can be produced with less land, food and water than other sources of animal protein."

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Crickets Aren't the Superfood They're Cracked Up to Be

Crickets Aren't the Superfood They're Cracked Up to Be | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug-eating evangelists like to talk about how crickets are caloric magic, claiming the insects can transform table scraps into a crunchy, healthy protein. A new study debunks at least one aspect of what’s being touted everywhere as the food of the future.
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Growing appetite for edible insects, eco-friendly protein

Growing appetite for edible insects, eco-friendly protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"“Insects are viewed as what ruins food – a roach in your soup, a fly in your salad. That’s the biggest obstacle – the ick factor,” said Daniella Martin, an author of a book on eating insects and the “Girl Meets Bug” blogger, referring to the feeling of distaste some consumers might feel."

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Eat Crickets, Save World

Eat Crickets, Save World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Ucsb Bren School Students’ ‘Slightly Nutty’ Project Makes Insect Cuisine More Sustainable.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"After an initial test of black soldier fly larvae, the team switched to crickets, which had emerged in 2010 as an insect protein of choice because of the plentiful pet store infrastructure that existed for feeding pet lizards and frogs. Better yet, the nutritional and sustainability impacts are staggering: cricket flour offers at least twice as much protein as beef, more iron than spinach, and as much B12 as salmon, yet you can grow six times as much of it than beef with the same amount of feed."

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Growing appetite for edible insects a tough sell in U.S.

Growing appetite for edible insects a tough sell in U.S. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Upstarts trying to persuade more Americans to eat bugs, which can be produced with fewer resources than other sources of animal protein
Ana C. Day's insight:

"The United Nations has been promoting edible insects as a way to improve nutrition, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and create jobs in insect production. The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world are an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. At least 2 billion people worldwide already eat insects as part of their diet, according to the 2013 FAO report."

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