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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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A year for eating dangerously

A year for eating dangerously | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Dining is an adventure in choice, so much so that the exotic
is now de rigueur. Still, are we ready for brain custard?
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"Insects continue to hover on the periphery, making occasional appearances in fine dining establishments and even supermarkets. Diners seem largely unpersuaded, but the idea is not going to go away in 2014, given the enormous pressures on the environment and the obvious logic of using rich, copious, cheap protein flying and crawling all around us. Various South African peoples have been eating locusts and thongolifha stink bugs for centuries, though I admit I live with the contradiction of relishing prawns but stopping at crickets."

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David George Gordon Receives New York Times Nod for His Eat-A-Bug Cookbook

David George Gordon Receives New York Times Nod for His Eat-A-Bug Cookbook | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) January 17, 2014 -- David George Gordon, author of the revised and updated edition of Eat-A-Bug Cookbook gets a nod to his book by the New York Times.
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Anyone for cricket. . . or perhaps a locust? - Independent.ie

Anyone for cricket. . . or perhaps a locust? - Independent.ie | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Forget lab-grown burgers, the future of protein consumption lies in creepy, crawly, crunchy insects

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The health food credentials are impressive. The report reads: "The composition of unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids in mealworms is comparable with that in fish and higher than in cattle and pigs.

The protein, vitamin and mineral content is similar to that in fish and meat. Many insects are rich in protein and good fats and high in calcium, iron and zinc."

It's why 1,900 species are eaten today in Africa, Asia and South America. They eat beetles (31pc of the world's population), caterpillars (18pc), bees, wasps and ants (14pc) crickets and grasshoppers and locusts (13pc)."

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Eating Insects. No, Really. Introducing Chapul. | Whole9 | Let us change your life.

Eating Insects. No, Really. Introducing Chapul. | Whole9 | Let us change your life. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Chances are you’ve already heard of our newest Whole30® Approved partner, Chapul. Their edible insect bars (really!) have been all over the popular national news outlets lately (big time sites likeHuffPost, Slate, and CNN)–but there’s more to this company than the shock-factor of eating bugs. Founded by Salt Lake City local Patrick Crowley, Chapul has its roots in water conservation, and was inspired by Dr. Marcel Dicke’s TED talk on entomophagy. After hearing  Dr. Marcel, Pat began to look deeper into the idea of insects as a more sustainable source of protein for humans."

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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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Weird food special feature

Weird food special feature | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
3D printing and technologies such a synthetic biology or eating insect larvae as ideas for weird food proposed by designers and companies.
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Alt-Meat Lunch: In the Netherlands, a Lab for Low-Impact Alternatives to Livestock | @pritheworld

Alt-Meat Lunch: In the Netherlands, a Lab for Low-Impact Alternatives to Livestock | @pritheworld | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Demand for animal protein is surging, and so are the environmental costs of producing it. So researchers in the Netherlands are exploring alternatives to livestock, from insects to faux cuts of beef to lab-grown meat.
Ana C. Day's insight:

“Insects,” entomologist Marcel Dicke said, “turn out to be an excellent alternative.”

Dicke says insect meat and cow meat are virtually the same when it comes to nutrition. But to produce a pound of beef you need about 20 pounds of feed. For insects, it’s less than two pounds.

“So with the same amount of feed you can produce much, much more in terms of proteins,” he said. “But not in this crazy way in which we’re producing regular meat now, with all the burden for our planet.”

The hurdle, of course, is the gross-out factor. Dicke likes his bugs straight up, the way folks do in Asia and Africa and Latin America. But Europeans and Americans tend to prefer them less conspicuous. So he’s looking at disguising them by pounding them into flour, or mixing them into processed meat.

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The trend of eating insects - News VietNamNet

The trend of eating insects - News VietNamNet | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
 VietNamNet Bridge - Recently, FAO has informed that nearly two
billion people in the world have been eating insects in different level.
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Insect eating proposal leaves bad aftertaste - The Local

Insect eating proposal leaves bad aftertaste - The Local | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A recent United Nations study suggested eating insects could help solve the world's hunger problems but not all of Spain's chefs are taking the bait.
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Insect Meals 'Good Idea' Says UN Food Agency

Insect Meals 'Good Idea' Says UN Food Agency | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs are nutritious and environmentally-friendly and could help future food problems, according to a UN report.
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Nordic Food Lab Chefs Try To Make Insects Appeal To a Crowd

Nordic Food Lab Chefs Try To Make Insects Appeal To a Crowd | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
"They're very soft and sort of melt on your tongue," says a chef at the Nordic Food Lab, the culinary...
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Exploring the Deliciousness of Insects - Wellcome Collection

Exploring the Deliciousness of Insects - Wellcome Collection | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
How do you take something perceived as inedible, and create the paradigm shift to bring it into the category of the edible? This is the challenge embraced by Nordic Food Lab
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Insects for dinner... but not as guests < Dining & Cuisine | Expatica France

Insects for dinner... but not as guests < Dining & Cuisine | Expatica France | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
”Beetle larva on a skewerExperts from Costa Rica travelled to Benin for the project
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"Now, three developing countries on three different continents are promoting insects as food for humans. Costa Rica, Benin and Bhutan want top quality restaurants to start putting larva and tarantula spiders on the menu. The Netherlands is paying the bill for the project.

Why should a shrimp be tastier than a beetle? Why are worms only considered to be edible in extreme situations? Experts say it is simply a matter of culture and psychology."


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Insects for Food-Prep. 101

Insects for Food-Prep. 101 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Many peoples around the world eat insects without batting a lash, gagging or thinking of childhood dares.They eat insects as snacks or main dishes as ...
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Are You Ready For Protein Bars Made From Crickets?

Are You Ready For Protein Bars Made From Crickets? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
They’re good for you and the environment, but are they good enough to eat?
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Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat?

Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Times Food wants to know... Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat? pick one: Catepillar, Bee larvae, Crickets, Locusts or Worms
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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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And with your test-tube burger? Ten other future foods - Channel 4 News

And with your test-tube burger? Ten other future foods - Channel 4 News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Algae cookies, grass, bug paste... What will we be eating in the future? Channel 4 news explores ten of the most interesting ideas.
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4. Insect paste?

Insects are high-protein, plentiful and already a key part of menus in several corners of the world.

The UN is among several public bodies advising that we start eating insects instead of of meat. "Beetles, wasps and caterpillars are an unexplored nutrition source that can help address global food insecurity," they explain.

The report quoted by the UN suggests that insects can be eaten whole or ground into protein-rich pastes, and incorporated into other foods.

Insects use less water, are easier to farm and create less greenhouse gas than normal sized livestock. The UN point out that, pigs produce 10-100 times more greenhouse gases per kilogramme than mealworms.

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Dad's Gastro Farm - I’m taking my entomophagy to the next level. This...

Dad's Gastro Farm - I’m taking my entomophagy to the next level. This... | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
I’m taking my entomophagy to the next level.
This... (Photo: I’m taking my entomophagy to the next level. This time I’m going to be asking willing participants to...

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If you don't feel like cooking your own bugs, opt for an insect energy bar

If you don't feel like cooking your own bugs, opt for an insect energy bar | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
You don't want to roast bugs for dinner, and we agree. Roasting is super work-intensive. What you need is a bug-based energy bar.
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Tempura-battered tarantula on menu at California bug fest | Deccan Chronicle

Tempura-battered tarantula on menu at California bug fest | Deccan Chronicle | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Hungry? How about tempura-battered fried Tarantula for an appetizer?
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Insect snack? Not all think it’s a bugaboo

Insect snack? Not all think it’s a bugaboo | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Last week, the United Nations turned the Western world into a dinner table full of finicky children. Do they really expect us to eat bugs?
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Could caterpillars be the new beef? | VibeGhana.com

A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls to eat more insects.
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Cattle, pigs, chickens and other commercial livestock have been reported to contribute nearly 20 per cent of the global warming gases and use excessive amounts of land and water. Ants, bees, termites, crickets, locusts, caterpillars, beetles and wasps are now being called “mini livestock”. Insect farming has been found to produce far less pollution and environmental impact than traditional farming.

Insect farming is an emerging business opportunity. A South African fly factory recently won a $100,000 UN innovation prize for animal feed. The factory found a way to raise edible insects by feeding them discarded food, manure and meat by-products. The Netherlands has also invested $1.3 million into rearing edible insects from food waste."

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Nutritious, Cheap, and Plentiful –Why not eat insects?

Nutritious, Cheap, and Plentiful –Why not eat insects? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Have you ever eaten an insect?  I have.  In the larval stage –steamed and buttered.  It was the size of a plump raisin, but green, and tasted like fresh steamed broccoli.  Actually, I believe I ate quite a few.  Does...
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What’s Holding Us Back?

It’s definitely not the nutritional profile.  Could it be our climate?  According to the FAO, given our climate and the fact that insects are cold-blooded, many developed nations have been at a disadvantage in terms of insect variety, size, and abundance.  This may be why we don’t have a long history of eating them.  In the tropics, insects are larger, more varied, and available year round.  In our climate, the insects are smaller and not always available due to hibernation.

While this explanation sounds feasible, it doesn’t make sense for the southernmost portion of the United States. You have to wonder why Southerners have failed to embrace insect cuisine.  They seem to be fumigating excellent food down there."

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Marco Negroni's insect creations inspired by Thailand / Spanish restaurant's bug dishes a hit.

A Spanish restaurateur said he began selling insect-based dishes to his customers after discovering how popular bugs were as a food source in Thailand.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Negroni said his eatery specializes in Spanish tapas and international dishes, but the insect dishes have become the restaurant's most popular items.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/01/28/Spanish-restaurants-bug-dishes-a-hit/UPI-70531359390768/#ixzz2JIGvea2f";

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