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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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Could squirmy livestock dent Africa’s protein deficit? - Nelson Institute | News

Could squirmy livestock dent Africa’s protein deficit? - Nelson Institute | News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mighty mealworm. Graduate students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull are researching the use of mealworms as an inexpensive microlivestock.
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At Middlebury College, a Student Enterprise Fights Global Hunger — with Crickets | Seven Days

At Middlebury College, a Student Enterprise Fights Global Hunger — with Crickets | Seven Days | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

It’s a little early in the season for crickets — unless you’re a Middlebury college student raising them for food.

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"The business, titled Bumu, is raising, processing and baking crickets in an effort to devise an energy bar or food supplement to feed some of the world’s hungriest people."

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Mealworms: The Other-Other-Other White Meat? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Mealworms: The Other-Other-Other White Meat? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Looking for the perfect holiday entrée? Something nutritious yet easy on the Earth? Something with a subtle, yet distinctive, je-ne-sais-quoi flavor? Have you considered the humble ...
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"Perhaps most important, the authors concluded, was the mealworm’s small land demand."

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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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Insect farming aimed at food security, GHG emissions, and "meat crisis" | Catalysts For Change - Paths out of Poverty

Insect farming aimed at food security, GHG emissions, and "meat crisis" | Catalysts For Change - Paths out of Poverty | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sponsoring a project in Laos to research insect farming as an alternative to meat/dairy. While many Laotians already eat insects, most catch them in the wild. Research will focus on reducing production costs, assessing nutritional content, and developing food safety standards.

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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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Wormburger Anyone? Worm Meat More Sustainable Than Beef, Pork, Chicken and Milk: Study

Wormburger Anyone? Worm Meat More Sustainable Than Beef, Pork, Chicken and Milk: Study | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Meat from mealworms is less damaging to the environment than beef, pork, chicken or milk, a new study claims.
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entomophagy, eating insects, eating bugs, bugs, insects, food, bugs as food

entomophagy, eating insects, eating bugs, bugs, insects, food, bugs as food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
insects for dinner, why do we not eat insects.
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Entomophagy is the concept and practice of eating insects.
The idea of eating insects is not a new ideology.
Read more at http://chadpeterson.org/featured/entomophagy-insects-for-dinner/#vD57CI24uwEkYfgQ.99

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Mealworms: They're not just for breakfast anymore...

Mealworms: They're not just for breakfast anymore... | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The wriggly beetle larvae known as mealworms could one day dominate supermarket shelves as a more sustainable alternative to chicken, beef, pork and milk, researchers in the Netherlands say.
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An exploration on greenhouse gas and ammonia production by insect species suitable for animal or human consumption. | ResearchGate

An exploration on greenhouse gas and ammonia production by insect species suitable for animal or human consumption. | ResearchGate | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Publication » An exploration on greenhouse gas and ammonia production by insect species suitable for animal or human consumption..
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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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What Do Bugs Taste Like, Anyway?

What Do Bugs Taste Like, Anyway? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It may have crawled into your consciousness lately that edible insects are the new green thing: for one thing, they are extremely sustainable to raise. Green is good, agree most folks. But how do they taste?
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Daniella Martin, Host, Girl Meets Bug ...!! I haven't found anything closer to a Bug commitment like this, Bravo chica, you rock !!!

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Lunch with a crunch - eco-friendly edible insects | Climate | The Earth Times

Lunch with a crunch - eco-friendly edible insects | Climate | The Earth Times | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Scrap the beef, pork, and chicken from your diet if you want to improve your carbon footprint. Edible insects like mealworms, locusts and crickets produce a fraction of the greenhouse gases per kilo of protein than more conventional meals.
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Dutch Insect Cookbook Will Have You Eat Bugs

Dutch Insect Cookbook Will Have You Eat Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A Dutch Insect Cookbook is trying to make people switch to bugs instead of meat, praising they are rich in protein and can be fun to mix with regular food
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The article comes with a nice video !!! enjoy it !!

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To Fight World Hunger, the Secret Ingredient Could Be Bugs

To Fight World Hunger, the Secret Ingredient Could Be Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
To Fight World Hunger, the Secret Ingredient Could Be Bugs
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SPECIAL REPORT: Edible Insects

SPECIAL REPORT: Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Food security is one of the great issues of the 21st century; consumption of food is rising, fish stocks are running low and grain prices escalating dramatically.

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" It might be a long time before bug macs are on the menu, but we would be mad to ignore the potential of such a cheap and plentiful protein..."

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New Idea to Reduce Global Warming: Everyone Eat Insects

New Idea to Reduce Global Warming: Everyone Eat Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug release fewer greenhouse gases than pigs and cattle, the protein sources we favor.
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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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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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Today’s Gross Health News: Hamburgers Could Soon Be Made Out Of Mealworms

Today’s Gross Health News: Hamburgers Could Soon Be Made Out Of Mealworms | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Meat made from mealworms, insects, bugs instead of beef, pork and chicken. Mealworms could help save the environment and provide protein in our diet.
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Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population

Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is taking seriously the farming of creepy-crawlies as nutritious food
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The Benefits of Eating Insects

The Benefits of Eating Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste. Marcel Dicke and Arnold van Huis on why insects are the meat of the future.
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Girl Eats Bug: The Case for Entomophagy (Insect-Eating) and Sustainability - BuildingGreen

Girl Eats Bug: The Case for Entomophagy (Insect-Eating) and Sustainability - BuildingGreen | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Large Blue Butterfly, found in Europe, lays its eggs on a marsh gentian leaf. Its larva (a caterpillar) hatches and falls to the ground and emits a scent that smells to certain species of ant just like its own larvae.
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"Efficiency at converting feed to food

Insects are much more efficient than other forms of livestock at converting food and water into edible body mass."

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Opinion: Bugs can solve food crisis | The Scientist Magazine®

Opinion: Bugs can solve food crisis | The Scientist Magazine® | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A tropical entomologist argues that edible insects offer a sustainable alternative for conventional meat
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"As early as 1885, the British entomologist Vincent M. Holt wrote a booklet with the title: "Why not eat insects?" It is a good question, as most of the world population does."


I guess we are kind of slow ;)

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