India's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns of a global famine in 50 years, and scientists have begun to experiment with an alternative source of protein: insects. “We are now doing a lot of work on edible insects,” says Arup Kumar Hazarika, a professor at Cotton College in Guwahati who has just concluded an initial...
"YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD of the Stone Age diet craze known as the Paleolithic Diet, made popular most recently by Dr. Loren Cordain's best-seller The Paleo Diet. The premise is simple: If our early human ancestors couldn't have eaten it, we shouldn't, either. It's the one time, it seems, that being like a caveman is a good thing.
The theory goes (and archaeological evidence corroborates) that early hunter-gatherers, while they may not have lived as long, still had some major health advantages......."
Candied sesame crickets are not the first ingredient most people would add to a stir fry. But for entomophagist and author Daniella Martin, cooking with bugs is a favorite treat. Martin stopped by HuffPost Live to share her recipes and to discuss why...
George McKale is a practicing archaeologist and Sonoma’s City Historian. He has excavated throughout California ranging from Native American sites thousands of years old to Gold Rush era locations. His passion and specialty in archaeology is the study of human remains.
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Posted on February 19, 2014 by George McKale
I like bugs but I don’t like them crawling on me. In fact, when I find an insect on any part of my body, I shiver to the core of my soul. Many cultures throughout the world use insects for food. When animals eat insects they are called insectivores. When humans eat them it is known as Entomophagy.
Today, insects are eaten in virtually every continent. Entomophagy, though still practiced, was very popular in the distant past. In fact, insects may have played an important role in the diet of early humans. To get a better understanding of this line of research, one must take a closer look at poop. Archaeologists have a nicer term; we refer to fossilized poop as coprolites.
Coprolites are often found in caves and a quick look under the microscope reveals all kinds of...."
He is well aware, he told his audience Saturday at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, that it goes against everything we've been taught.
But the community college teacher from Providence reassured them: Entomophagy - the art of eating bugs - is not quite as strange as one would think.
Gracer began his presentation - part of the grand opening of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum's "Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects" exhibit - by asking if anyone in the room had ever consumed a bug.
"Were you riding a bike at the time, or was it deliberate?" he added."
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..."
New York, March 9 (IANS) -- How would you react if your neighbourhood restaurant serves you a menu that only lists cuisines prepared from caterpillars or termites? People would soon have no choice but to consume insects as it would be increasingly...
Imagine eating worms in porridge, locusts on pizza and bug bolognaise - and all this without a Bushtucker Trial in sight! Popping in for a spot of breakfast, we meet Peter Bickerton, 24, a man who eats critters every single day.
Peter swears his I’m A Celeb diet is great for his health, but is that enough to tempt Phillip and Holly to tuck in too?
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"The first usage of bug farming that interested me was not as food, even though I was aware of it, but as feed, as a source of protein for poultry. Some grubs like black soldier have up to 40% protein, some caterpillars have about 55% protein and 17% fat, some hymenoptera up to 77% protein, it seems like a great idea to raise your own feed, and lots of it, in a very small volume"
There is a good chance that consumption of insects can be introduced to the food habits of Western European populations, according to new research that found Belgian consumers were 'ready to buy and cook' insects.