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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Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
"In recent times, suppliers have looked to find an alternative to carmine, a natural colour obtained by crushing cochineal insects. Carmine produces a vibrant red colour and is stable for use in a range of applications; however the way it is derived can be off-putting to consumers, meaning an alternative is required,” added George at Euromonitor.

There has been extensive research carried out by several companies to find an alternative, however to date no company has identified a substitute which can match all the properties of carmine, he said.
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Cochineal insects are a source of red dye

Cochineal insects are a source of red dye | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Cochineal insects, Dactylopius coccus, are scale insects in the family Coccidae. They are soft-bodied, flat and oval-shaped. The females attach themselves to prickly pear cactus and feed on the plant juices. The nymphs appear white or gray from the waxy white protective substance they produce. The bodies are actually a dark purple from the carmine pigment they produce. Individual cochineal insects are dispersed to new plants at the nymph stage as the wind catches the long waxy strings on the nym
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La cochinilla en Canarias

La cochinilla en Canarias | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Es Argual uno de los puntos donde más se cultiva en las Canarias con más esmero la cochinilla, y ya que este cultivo tenga suma importancia en estas islas, y sea curioso seguirlo en sus operaciones diversas, justo es que le consagre algunas líneas´.
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Carminic acid World Consumption Report #cochinilla #cochineal #cochenille

Carminic acid World Consumption Report #cochinilla #cochineal #cochenille | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
This carminic acid World Consumption Report provides data on the net consumption of carminic acid Chemicals in each of the countries listed. The Chemicals covered (carminic acid) are classified by the Chemical Registry, EC, EU, CAS, or other coding system. In addition, where available this consumption is further analysed by Application or End User sector.
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"The carminic acid World Consumption Report gives 6 pages of data for each of over 200 countries plus thousands of database tables and spreadsheets. The Chemical World Consumption Reports cost £2950. Online delivery 24 hours. This report specifications: All carminic acid (EC_215-023-3) Products covered, over 200 Countries covered, 2119 pages, 5882 spreadsheets, 5773 database tables, 576 diagrams & maps. Contents change for each edition."

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There Might Be Bugs In Your Yogurt. | Davey Wavey Fitness

There Might Be Bugs In Your Yogurt. | Davey Wavey Fitness | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Food rumors run rampant on the internet - but, every now and then, some hold a few kernels of truth. As is the case with the rumor that some yogurts contain
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Say what?

It’s true. The tiny, dried insects are used as pink food coloring in some yogurts, milkshakes and other food products.

In 2012, Starbucks received a lot of heat for using the insects are coloring in their Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino mix. According to Starbucks, the switch to the insects was a move away from artificial ingredients. However, the assertion did little to pacify the chain’s vegetarian customers – or the public at large."

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