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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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Ants, Spiders and Cockroaches: Saving the World...One Mouthful at a Time - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Ants, Spiders and Cockroaches: Saving the World...One Mouthful at a Time - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Westerners might get a bit queasy when they think about eating locusts, spiders or ants, but they make up delicacies and key sources of protein in much of the world.
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11 Edible Insects and How to Eat Them - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

11 Edible Insects and How to Eat Them - Real Food - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Slugs, snails, crickets oh my! Join Miles Olson as he shares the ins and outs of gathering edible bugs for food.
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"A Handful of Edible Insects

 

Where I live there are definitely edible insects, but not in the same variation and abundance as other bioregions. I’ve read accounts of Paiute food gatherers burning a field of grass to expose (and roast) large quantities of grasshoppers, and indigenous Peruvians harvesting large amounts of edible tarantulas (with large, fatty butts) from caves. The insects I mention here are widely distributed, but perhaps where you live there is an abundance of a certain edible species specific to that area? It’s worth looking into."

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Edible Insects | Alpha Ecological bug ...

Edible Insects | Alpha Ecological bug ... | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Eating Bugs Isn’t as Strange as You Might Think
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Locusts fit for a plague / Entomophagy

Locusts fit for a plague / Entomophagy | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

I speak of a whole new agricultural world. Come with me now into the exciting world of entomophagy. Or, insect eating. In 80% of the world's nations, people are piling into them. We Westerners, with our delicious beef and succulent pork, are the minority.

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As sophisticated as our food production has become, insects are so bound into the food chain, you can't eliminate them. They're in your grains, your vegetables, your delicious fresh farm produce. And you didn't feel a thing.

Wageningen University in the Netherlands is looking towards this new horizon for us all. It has some very impressive numbers."

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Bug-a-Boo’s or Grubs Up

Bug-a-Boo’s or Grubs Up | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

On this site are several articles about edible insects (among other creatures.) Below is an expanding collection of more than 50 edible insects. I plan to localize it. There is, depending on who’s counting,  an estimated 1,462 species of edible insects.

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Very nice pictures and lots of Ants data.

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Entomophagy- the new sustainable way of protein intake?

Entomophagy- the new sustainable way of protein intake? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
So, I posted pictures the other day about me having mealworms… Don’t look at me like o.O hhaha. Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects. I had quite an interesting lecture about i...
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Insects have served as a nutritional, tasty and safe food source for people for tens of thousands of years, all over the planet.

 
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What's on the menu? Mmmm... Insects | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

What's on the menu? Mmmm... Insects | Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Benin, Costa Rica and Bhutan are promoting, in a joint campaign, meals with insects as the main ingredient. Larvae and spiders are also on the menu of some chic restaurants. The Netherlands is funding...
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Manuel Zumbado says that insects are highly nutritious:  they contain little amount of fat and cholesterol and have high quality proteins and micro-nutrients and vitamins. Compared to our normal foods like beef, pork, chicken and fish, they have a a much higher nutritional value.

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Bugs as Food: Humans Bite Back

Bugs as Food: Humans Bite Back | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The emergence of billions of cicadas in the U.S. next month has some people drooling in anticipation of snacking on the insects.
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I love when National Geographic, endoreses this kind of subjects ;)

 

"For example, chocolate can have up to 60 insect fragments per 100 grams, tomato sauce can contain 30 fly eggs per 100 grams, and peanut butter can have 30 insect fragments per 100 grams (3.5 ounces), according to the FDA."

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15 insects you won't believe are edible

15 insects you won't believe are edible | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
What tastes like peanut butter? Or soft-shell crab? Or cinnamon? Why, grubs, scorpions and stinkbugs, of course. Find out why insects and spiders are just another food group in most parts of the world.
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Gourmet insects: Four dishes filled with grubs

Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929242.100 Insects could be the solution to an impending global food crisis, but not in the way you might ...
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Chefs from world-renowned restaurant cook cockroach - Sowetan LIVE

Chefs from world-renowned restaurant cook cockroach - Sowetan LIVE | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In their latest attempt to convince squeamish Western palates that insects are edible food sources, Danish chefs from a culinary
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"Scientists have long been touting insects as a protein-packed meat alternative that could help meet the world’s growing food demand.

While the practice of eating insects, or entomophagy, may be unsettling for Western palates, the UN says that different species of beetles, ants, bees, grasshoppers and crickets are eaten in 29 countries across Asia, 23 countries in the Americas, and 36 countries in Africa.

In Thailand alone, 200 different insect species are consumed and are commonly sold as street snacks throughout the country.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, some insects contain twice the protein of raw meat and fish, while others, particularly in their larval stage, are also rich in fat, vitamins and minerals"

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Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs | WebEcoist

Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs | WebEcoist | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Though they are relegated to game show gross-out props in much of the West, bugs are quite eco-friendly protein sources.
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Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
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The future of food: algae, insects and lab-grown meat

The future of food: algae, insects and lab-grown meat | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
How can we feed the 2.5 billion more people - an extra China and India - likely to be alive in 2050?
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The UN says we will have to nearly double our food production and governments say we should adopt new technologies and avoid waste.


Locusts, grasshoppers, spiders, wasps, worms, ants and beetles are not on most European or US menus but at least 1,400 species are eaten across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Now, with rising food prices and worldwide land shortages, it could be just a matter of time before insect farms set up in Britain.

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Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives

Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

It doesn't take long for a food crisis to scar a generation of children with long-lasting brain and physical damage.  It is urgent people get access to essential proteins, and one source that can help in crises, is edible insects. There are many projects around the world working to make insects a palatable and sustainable food source for the future.

Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives http://www.nowpublic.com/world/harvesting-insects-can-help-world-food-crisis-0#ixzz2HDZANBvv

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For many years it was a given that the world's problem was not a lack of food, but that it was unfairly shared. But as the switch to biofuels gathers pace, farmland is being diverted away from growing food for people, to food for fuel.

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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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'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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Edible Insects | Eating lower on the food chain | Features & Columns

Edible Insects | Eating lower on the food chain | Features & Columns | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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