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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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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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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Top 10 Tasty Edible Insects

Top 10 Tasty Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
As any Entomophage (eater of insects) would tell you, these ten bugs are not just pests… they’re good for eating at dinner! In many cases people started eating these insects out of necessity, but these days they’ve become a delicacy. Read on to discover these top ten delicious and tasty insects that you will not be able to resist.
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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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15 Reasons Why People Who Eat Insects Are Saving The World and Themselves

15 Reasons Why People Who Eat Insects Are Saving The World and Themselves | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
1. Insects are  more sustainable and ethical  than chicken, pork, or beef...maybe even fish! 2. The  UN has advocated for eating insects 3. Growing grain and then feeding it to animals so we can...
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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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Les ténébrions et leurs larves : allergènes alimentaires du futur ?

Tenebrio Spp. and their mealworms: Food allergy of the futureG. Dutau Revue Française d'Allergologie

Volume 54, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 1–3


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Début du texte de l'Editorial :

"Dans le présent numéro, Van der Brempt et Moneret-Vautrin et al.attirent notre attention sur le « Risque allergique de Tenebrio molitor pour la consommation humaine ». En effet, la proposition de « nouveaux aliments » comme les insectes ou leurs larves n’est pas sans poser non seulement des problèmes d’acceptabilité liés aux habitudes culturelles alimentaires, mais aussi des questions sanitaires, en particulier allergiques. Prenant l’exemple des vers de farine, larves de T. molitor, les auteurs soulignent à juste titre l’importance d’études préalables sur le risque allergique de ces protéines même si, à leur connaissance, un seul cas d’anaphylaxie a été décrit, ce qui est peut-être très en dessous de la réalité, car l’analyse de la littérature est toujours limitée aux publications effectuées et aux allergènes reconnus. Or les allergènes des insectes sont très souvent des allergènes masqués."

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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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Fancy cricket risotto or mealworm cake?

Fancy cricket risotto or mealworm cake? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects including locusts, crickets and mealworms will become a popular and necessary part of our diets, a scientist predicts.
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Bugged by food shortages? Why insects could feed the world

Bugged by food shortages? Why insects could feed the world | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
With the growing population, the need for alternative food sources to feed billions is dire. Industrial designer Katharina Unger believes she has a solution to the problem: She thinks you should all eat bugs.
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Larvae of mealworm (Tenebrio molitor L.) as European novel food

Part Abstract:

The aim of the work was to determine the nutritional value of larvae of mealworm (Tenebrio molitor L.). The material was a three-month-old mealworm larva 25 -30 mmin length. Larvae were boiled for 3 min and next dried in 60℃. Contents of water, ash, minerals, protein, fat and fat acids profile have been determined.


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Siemianowska, E. , Kosewska, A. , Aljewicz, M. , Skibniewska, K. , Polak-Juszczak, L. , Jarocki, A. and Jędras, M. (2013) Larvae of mealworm (Tenebrio molitor L.) as European novel food. Agricultural Sciences, 4, 287-291. doi: 10.4236/as.2013.46041.

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The Edible Insect - Mealworm Farm Prototype - Week 1 - YouTube

The initial stock of pet grade mealworms have arrived and this is the prototype habitat / farm we have built to raise and breed the mealworms. We chose stain...
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EU citizens should eat more insects, says industry

EU citizens should eat more insects, says industry | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The mealworm, silkworms, the housefly and the black soldier fly are some of the insects Europeans should have as a natural part of their diet in the future as they are a good source for protein, says the insects sector.

Ana C. Day's insight:

"The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) wants to promote insects as a source for animal protein for both human consumption and animal feed."

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We Dare You to Eat These 8 Insect Recipes

We Dare You to Eat These 8 Insect Recipes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
For whatever reason, Americans are just not rushing to munch bugs. But maybe we should be. 

Which makes sense! As more and more people become hip to the health and environmental benefits of eating crunchy katydids, we've seen these little critters dipped in edible gold dust, ground up to make the world's next superfood, and featured on elaborate menus. But, for whatever reason, Americans are just not rushing to munch bugs like Timon and Pumbaa, even though Andrew Zimmern thinks we should be. Maybe these eight recipes will change your mind (but also maybe not at all).

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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.   

Ana C. Day's insight:

"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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Market Research of Insect Protein in China edition (1) at cnchemicals.com

Market Research of Insect Protein in China edition (1) at cnchemicals.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
This Market Research of Insect Protein in China shows the latest market trends and data in this area. You will find the most professional data analysis and comprehensive information of the industries market.
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Could YOU eat mealworms, crickets and cockroaches every day for a month?

Could YOU eat mealworms, crickets and cockroaches every day for a month? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects are a sensible and ecologically friendly source of protein, and yet 'entomophagy' revolts most Westerners. Here's how one student is trying to change that mentality.
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Bug buffet set for Feb. 21 at MSU

Bug buffet set for Feb. 21 at MSU | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

MSU will hold its 26th annual bug buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. It is free and open to the public.

Ana C. Day's insight:

"BOZEMAN – The annual opportunity to try cricket stir fry, wax moth quesadillas and mealworm dream bars is almost here, with fresh insects being flown in this week from northern Minnesota and Louisiana.

Montana State University will hold its 26th annual bug buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Plant Growth Center along Eleventh Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

The buffet will offer seven entrees, appetizers and desserts that incorporate insects, also known as land shrimp, said MSU entomologist and buffet organizerFlorence Dunkel.  New this year will be a fresh garden salad with “hopper toppings.”  Land shrimp is a new term that refers to more than 1,900 documented species of edible insects."

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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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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
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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.

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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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Bug Bites

Bug Bites | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

An insect cuisine movement has been stirring in the US for years. Its proponents tout the humanitarian andenvironmental benefits of a diet built on bugs, while reports suggest that we may be unintentionally eating our fair share of insects already. Now, several chefs are introducing artisan elements into insect cooking in order to provoke epicures to seek out more bug-based gastronomy.

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