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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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Pair wins Climate Quest prize for project looking at using mealworm protein to protect environment | Madison Commons

Pair wins Climate Quest prize for project looking at using mealworm protein to protect environment | Madison Commons | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

When most people think about eating healthy, insects are usually not the first thing to come to mind.  But two UW graduate students hope to change that.   

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"Stull and Bergmans proposed farming mealworms, the high-protein larvae of the dark wing beetle.  They plan to begin their work in Zambia, an impoverished country in southern Africa where malnourishment is widespread."

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Expert consultation: “Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed in assuring Food Security”, 23-25 January 2012, FA

Expert consultation: “Assessing the Potential of Insects as Food and Feed in assuring Food Security”, 23-25 January 2012, FA | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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THIS IS amazing material, FAO's most importan  Summary Report regarding insects as food / feed world wide. cant wait for the next step !!!

 

"Insects for livestock and fish feed

Given that regulations to use insects as feed for fish and livestock are less strict than when insects are used as food, the use of waste streams (of organic matter includingmanure) becomes easier and probably does not need to be refined. MarketsThe urgency to find alternative protein sources for feed has resulted in high market acceptance and market recognition for insects. For fish and poultry, insects are already natural feed. 

 

http://foris.fao.org/preview/31654-08b9c12f60eda84d122b1ad454c381bb4.pdf 

 

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FDA Allows Mold, Insects, Rodent Hairs, Ammonia, Arsenic and Maggots In ‘Reconditioned’ Food

FDA Allows Mold, Insects, Rodent Hairs, Ammonia, Arsenic and Maggots In ‘Reconditioned’ Food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Activist Post By Susanne Posel In order to save money, some corporations will repackage older food into new packaging and resell it.
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The FDA admits they expect a certain level of contaminants and toxins to enter food during the processing process because they claim a zero-tolerance policy would be too difficult to achieve.

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Dutch Try to Change ‘Ick’ to ‘Yum’ for Insect Dishes

Dutch Try to Change ‘Ick’ to ‘Yum’ for Insect Dishes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A movement in the Netherlands is trying to convince the Dutch that crickets, worms and caterpillars are healthier sources of protein than meat.
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Mr. Van Dongen is head of the meat department at Sligro,  Besides steaks, poultry and others kinds of meat, he offers mealworms, buffalo worms, locusts and other insects, as well as prepared products containing insects like Bugs Sticks and Bugs Nuggets — not for pets, but as a source of protein for people.

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Promoting the contribution of edible forest INSECTS in assuring

Promoting the contribution of edible forest INSECTS in assuring | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

FOREST DEPARTMENT

FOREST ECONOMY AND

PRODUCTS DIVISION,

ROME.

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A promising food source for human and animals.

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Twitter / Entomovores : Bug parts in daily food products ...

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David Couchon's curator insight, October 14, 2013 4:42 PM

déjà, sans le savoir

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Insect Dinners: Waiter, There’s Soup in My Bug

Insect Dinners: Waiter, There’s Soup in My Bug | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A feast in Brooklyn aimed to introduce New Yorkers to the succulent wonders of edible insects.
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HowStuffWorks "Benefits of Eating Bugs"

HowStuffWorks "Benefits of Eating Bugs" | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects. Bugs are nutritious and some of them taste great, but in the Western world entomophagy is a cultural taboo.
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Nice comparisons of nutritional value between Animal / Insects.

 

Red, orange yellow, forget this fellow.

Black, green or brown, wolf it down.

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Insect burgers: EU plan to promote eating insects as protein

Insect burgers: EU plan to promote eating insects as protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Research projects funded with 3 million euros by the European Commission, to promote eating insects, are to be decided on this year. So far research points towards disguising insects as a processed protein source to make the idea more palatable.
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"The European Commission decided to fund research to the tune of three million euros, to come up with the best proposal for using insects as a protein source.


The U.S. does of course already allow insect fragments and rodent hairs to be contained within processed foods"


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'Waiter, there's a fly in my soup': Insects as food are more than just a gastronomic gimmick

'Waiter, there's a fly in my soup': Insects as food are more than just a gastronomic gimmick | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
My first encounter with insects at mealtimes was in Spain during the early Nineties. I'd taken a bite into a nectarine and as I sucked the juices from the soft, ripe flesh, I felt something tickle the underside of my lip.
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Very colorfull way of expressing the tastes.

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Environmental manipulation for edible insect procurement: a historical perspective - Springer

Environmental manipulation for edible insect procurement: a historical perspective - Springer | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

"Throughout history humans have manipulated their natural environment for an increased predictability and availability of plant and animal resources. Research on prehistoric diets increasingly includes small game, but edible insects receive minimal attention."

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bugs in food | The Grossest Bugs You Don't Know You're Eating | Rodale News

bugs in food | The Grossest Bugs You Don't Know You're Eating | Rodale News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs in your food? It's legal, thanks to the FDA. Learn which gross bugs are hiding in your veggies from Rodale News.
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Great pictures !!

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You eat 430 bugs every year. - Science World

You eat 430 bugs every year. - Science World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
According to studies done by the United States Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, people in North America eat approximately one kilogra
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Yes we do ..... Tomato sauce, apple sauce and many more ....

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What is Entomophagy? - 4ento

What is Entomophagy? - 4ento | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
With the world in search of alternative food sources, the word Entomophagy is starting to appear all over the web. So what is Entomophagy? Well, according to wikipedia Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects as food And in fact the word is derived from the Greek words for insects and to eat. However, is it as simple as that? A Broad Definition The broader definition ofEntomophagy actually includes arthropods that are not insects such as some arachnids (spiders) and also myriapods (centip
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University of Kentucky Entomology: Mystery Bugs ...... Bug Food: Edible Insects

University of Kentucky Entomology: Mystery Bugs ...... Bug Food: Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects as Food!?!by Stephanie Bailey, Entomology Extension Specialist
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Determine FDAL's for a few common foods (such as hot dogs, flour, noodles, etc., some examples are listed below). Convert these values into pounds per package bought in a grocery store, e. g. per 5 pound bag of flour, 12-ounce can, etc.

 

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Adventures in Food Their ideas may seem radical, but these food revolutionaries aim to change how the world eats.

Adventures in Food Their ideas may seem radical, but these food revolutionaries aim to change how the world eats. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
One of the main themes of the 2010 TEDGlobal conference in Oxford was food—where it comes from, how we buy it, and what it does for our brains. The subject couldn’t be more timely, though being optimistic about food news takes some patient searching.
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World population is set to grow to 9 billion by 2050, and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that to feed this number, we’ll need to increase agricultural production by 70 percent.

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New agriculturist: Focus on . . . Edible insects - a culinary curiosity?

New agriculturist: Focus on . . . Edible insects - a culinary curiosity? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Insects are efficient recyclers of organic matter and they can provide a reliable and sustainable source of food for humans and/or animals, provided appropriate breeding methods are developed.

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Insect larvae can also be raised to feed to animals. Termite larvae are traditionally harvested from existing termatariums and fed to poultry as a protein supplement.

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Study says mealworms may be best 'sustainable' protein

Study says mealworms may be best 'sustainable' protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Could bugburgers be the wave of the future? Researchers in the Netherlands believe so. According to a new study, the researchers say that mealworms are a more "sustainable" alternative to poultry, pork, beef, and milk.
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“The Solution to Hunger” – Eat Bugs Says U.N.

“The Solution to Hunger” – Eat Bugs Says U.N. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
 From Fox News U.N. Conference Promotes Insect-Eating for Everyone From Famine Victims to Astronauts CHIANG MAI, Thailand  —  Crickets, caterpillars and grubs are high in protein and minerals and c...
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These Insect-Based Foods Actually Look Pretty Good

These Insect-Based Foods Actually Look Pretty Good | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
See those sushi-like cubes on that stylish tray? They're made of bugs: A mix of honey caterpillar croquettes and other processed insect treats. They are the products of Ento, a design by a group of U.K.
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"Ento’s design goal is to create foods and packaging that will slowly introduce First World consumers to the idea of eating bugs. "

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Countries That Eat Bugs | U.S. News Travel

Countries That Eat Bugs | U.S. News Travel | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
While eating bugs is something that makes us grimace while watching Fear Factor, munching on grubs is a fairly common practice. Find out which countries routinely feature creepy-crawlies on the menu.
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Thailand, Ghana, Mexico, China, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, USA ....

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Time For A 'Bug Mac'? The Dutch Aim To Make Insects More Palatable : NPR

Time For A 'Bug Mac'? The Dutch Aim To Make Insects More Palatable : NPR | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Dutch scientists are trying to make insects a less exotic and cheaper food source. And one Dutch restaurant, Specktakel, is already embracing the trend by featuring a menu buzzing with entomological eats.
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Insects will be important part of UK diet by 2020, says scientist

Insects will be important part of UK diet by 2020, says scientist | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Consumers in the UK will turn to insects as food as conventional meat becomes scarce, says entomologist
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edible insects « Clearing Customs / Go Eat a Bug! Seriously

edible insects « Clearing Customs /  Go Eat a Bug! Seriously | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Posts about edible insects written by Craig Thompson
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FDA Allows Bugs In Your Food: Food Must Reach 'Defect Action Levels' To Be Labeled Unsafe

FDA Allows Bugs In Your Food: Food Must Reach 'Defect Action Levels' To Be Labeled Unsafe | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Your food has to reach "Food Defect Action Levels" that have been created by the FDA before the regulator will take action against products with foreign matter.
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"Simply put, there has to be a certain amount of bugs or bug parts in your food before it's deemed unsafe, but a little bit is totally fine. For example, manufacturers can't allow more than 225 bug parts in 225 grams of pasta. Any less than 225 parts in that batch is ok for the FDA."

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