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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Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger, report says

Forests could be the trump card in efforts to end global hunger, report says | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world's forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of ...
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Would you eat insects? - YouTube

Finding insects in a dish tends to have a certain effect on westerners. However, they are an abundant, sustainable protein source and two billion people eat ...
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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
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"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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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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Insect and wine tasting about protein

Insect and wine tasting about protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
FARGO—Maurice Degrugillier wants to put a bug in your ear. Not literally, of course. He actually wants to put a couple in your mouth.

The retired entomologist is helping organize a wine and insect pairing at Stoker's Lounge in the basement of the Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo.

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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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Are insects the next big green food?

Are insects the next big green food? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Author of iDisrupted predicts that super scaleable, high protein insects could be a major contributor to the world food supply.

London, UK (March 25, 2015) iDisrupted - Are insects the meat of the future? John Straw, co-author of the new book iDisrupted thinks so, and here he explains why…

According to the United Nations, livestock uses around 30% of the world’s ice-free land mass and produces 14.5% of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Making meat also requires supplying animals with vast amounts of water and food. For example, in the United States producing 1kg of live animal weight typically requires 10kg of feed for beef, 5kg for pork and 2.5kg for poultry. Insects on the otherhand are much easier to raise; they produce less waste and the world has a huge supply.

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Crickets, locusts, flies — yum? The case for edible insects

Crickets, locusts, flies — yum? The case for edible insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
At least 2 billion people currently eat bugs as part of their regular diet, and Western cultures may be next.
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Crickets, locusts, flies — yum? The case for edible insects

Crickets, locusts, flies — yum? The case for edible insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

If you found ants or a beetle on your dinner plate, chances are you’d either flip your plate over or calmly dump it in the trash. But what if bugs became a standard part of the human diet? With the growth of entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects, around the world, consumption of bugs may become common enough that you’ll welcome bugs in your breakfast.

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Saving Water & Insect Farming | Edible Bug Farm

Saving Water & Insect Farming | Edible Bug Farm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Saving water is becoming increasingly challenging as climate change and a rising global population limit its availability. But how can insects help?
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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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Edible insects: grub pioneers aim to make bugs palatable - FT.com

Edible insects: grub pioneers aim to make bugs palatable - FT.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

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Appealing to the senses is important when introducing novel foods, says chef Andy Holcroft. He is planning the opening of Grub, a restaurant serving delicacies such as Moroccan-spiced insect kebabs, at a bug visitor attraction in Wales. “Crispy and crunchy descriptions of insects, such as stir-fried or sautéed, sound more appetising than soft-boiled or poached . . . [which sound] squelchy and squishy,” he says. His venture follows a move by Wahaca, a high-street Mexican restaurant chain, to put crickets on its specials menu.

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L’entomophagie : la solution du futur

L’entomophagie : la solution du futur | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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Ana C. Day's insight:

"Ainsi, les insectes sont bons pour la santé. C’est même surprenant à quel point ces derniers sont nutritifs. Ils sont riches en protéines, en bon gras, en vitamines (fer, calcium, zinc, sélénium, phosphore) et en fibres. C’est une excellente alternative à la viande plus conventionnelle comme le poulet, le porc et même le poisson. Par exemple, 100 grammes de bœuf contiennent 6 mg de fer, alors que la même quantité de sauterelles en contient de 8 à 20 mg."

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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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Bay Area 'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite For Edible Insects

Bay Area 'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite For Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.
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.

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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Regulations Surrounding Entomophagy:

Regulations Surrounding Entomophagy: | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Jarrod Goldin, one of the founders of Next Millennium Farms, speaks about the incredible entomophagy movement gaining popularity.  Next Millennium farms is leading the protein revolution with a new,...
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Jungle Bars are boosted with powdered cricket protein

Jungle Bars are boosted with powdered cricket protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
"Our mission is to change peoples' opinion towards edible insects by offering them a normal looking protein bar that tastes good," said product design graduate Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson, who is leading the project.

According to the designer, crickets contain a high protein content, as well as minerals like iron and calcium.
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Fighting world hunger with bugs - Insect protein could become a near-perfect famine relief product.

Fighting world hunger with bugs - Insect protein could become a near-perfect famine relief product. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The first insect Harman Singh Johar ever ate was an ant. 

Today, Johar is a young entrepreneur intent on turning crickets, grasshoppers and other six-legged critters from novelty items into sustainable staples of the American diet and a solution to malnutrition worldwide.

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From fried insects to coffee with BUTTER: The weird and wonderful foods we will all be eating this summer.

From fried insects to coffee with BUTTER: The weird and wonderful foods we will all be eating this summer. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
5. It’s a bug’s life 

Creepy-crawlies are fast growing in popularity as protein rich insects are becoming firm fixtures in restaurant menus. 

Entomophagy – the practice of eating insects - remains common in some parts of the world with at least two billion people worldwide eating insects, the Food and Agriculture Organisation at the UN reported. 
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A pleasure known as Entomophagy

A pleasure known as  Entomophagy | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Text by Jorge Comensal Photographs by Mateo Pizarro 1. Insects: a continent of flavor I’ve never been picky about food. As a kid, I remember nibbling on my grandmother’s lap dog’s kibbles as if the...
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What do insects and sensors have in common?

What do insects and sensors have in common? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Ask any foodie worth her salt what the next big thing in food will be, and she might tell you it's something small: insects. Long used as a food source in other cultures, insects are now coming into vogue in the United States among diners who are at once environmentally conscious and adventurous.
Currently, the meat industry produces 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is also a major user of water.
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La Universidad de Alicante y Bioflytech organizan una jornada internacional sobre insectos como fuente sostenible de proteina en la alimentación animal y la nutrición humana | BIOFLYTECH

La Universidad de Alicante y Bioflytech organizan una jornada internacional sobre insectos como fuente sostenible de proteina en la alimentación animal y la nutrición humana | BIOFLYTECH | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
El próximo miércoles 18 de marzo tendrán lugar las jornadas “Los insectos como fuente sostenible de proteínas en la alimentación animal y la nutrición humana”. El encuentro, que tendrá lugar en Salón de grados del Aulario II de la UA, profundizará en una temática novedosa y de gran interés por su repercusión industrial, social y económica: el  uso de la cría artificial y la producción masiva de biomasa de insectos para su empleo directo en alimentación animal (acuicultura, ganadería, alimentación de mascotas etc.) y en la nutrición (directa o indirecta) humana.
 
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Why Eat Insects & Why it Matters in the West | Bug Vivant

Why Eat Insects & Why it Matters in the West | Bug Vivant | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why eat insects? There're super nutritious and sustainable, but that's not all! Find out how globalization is threatening traditional entomophagy.
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6 reasons you should consider eating insects

This isn't meant as a provocative, theoretical idea. It's a serious solution to the increasingly pressing problems of global warming and animal welfare — and a practical way of adding low-fat protein to your diet. The UN has advocated eating insects for these very legitimate reasons, and it's something two billion or so people around the world have done for centuries.

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Would you eat at this restaurant?

Would you eat at this restaurant? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 hungry Londoners looking to sample the unorthodox fare on offer, and Rentokil expects even more visitors to have stopped by this time around. Since its initial success last summer, Pestaurant events have taken place across the globe, including pop-ups in Washington DC, Cape Town, Sydney, Dubai and Paris, but today returned to where it all began in August 2013

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