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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Popular Swiss insect burgers fly off the shelves |

Popular Swiss insect burgers fly off the shelves | | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Geneva — A Swiss supermarket chain has started selling burgers and balls made from insects, a move being billed as a legal first in Europe.

Seven of Coop's nearly 2 500 stores in Switzerland are serving up the critter concoctions from Zurich-based food startup Essento. A broader launch is planned by year's end.

The bug burgers are made of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae.
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Take half a cup of frozen crickets … are insects the next superfood?

Take half a cup of frozen crickets … are insects the next superfood? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
You won't find packs of frozen crickets or meal worms in the supermarket yet, but edible insects are creeping on to the market. Protein bars with cricket powder are turning up in some health food shops, edible insect ingredients are available online and at least one Sydney cafe is doing a cricket powder smoothie.

Eating insects might seem weird to non-Indigenous Australians, yet 80 per cent of the world eats some kind of insect food, says dietitian Nicole Senior, who's launched an education service – Bug Me Insect Nutrition Education – to spread the word about the benefits of eating insects for humans and the planet.  
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Eat some crickets and mealworms -- and help the world too

Eat some crickets and mealworms -- and help the world too | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
All of us eat more crickets than I expect, reaching into the pouches for another helping and getting cricket dust all over our fingers. We establish that the bigger the cricket, the bigger the crunch, and that perhaps you've got to eat a few crickets at a time to really get a sense of the flavor.

Adam thinks the crickets disintegrate too quickly. Amelia finds the texture too ashy. Hannah's winning tasting note reads: "Wings!"

The big question: Would they do it again?
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Eating Insects: A Practical Guide | Western Exterminator

Eating Insects: A Practical Guide | Western Exterminator | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Connoisseur’s Guide to Edible Insects
Though not yet a common diet in the Western world, entomophagy, or the eating of insects, is a practice enjoyed by at least two billion people across the globe.

With a growing population and increasing demand for meat, we’re facing a global protein shortage. Combined animal agriculture’s high environmental cost, this has led the UN to urge us to eat insects instead.

The good news is that the likes of ants, termites and wasps are not only delicious, but rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

Here we explore both the environmental and health benefits of eating insects. And if the idea of eating insects doesn’t bug you, we’ve also shared some of our favorite insect recipes.
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A Bugs Life

A Bugs Life | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Insects — whether its crickets, locusts or ants — can be quite the pest. But for University of Denver alumna Wendy Lu McGill (MA ’12), they present an opportunity to cater to adventurous eaters looking to shake up their palette with an unusual but nutritional delicatessen.

McGill is the CEO and founder of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, Colorado's first and only edible insect farm that raises crickets, mealworms and wax worms in a solar-heated shipping container. Once the insects, which McGill refers to as “micro livestock,” reach their harvest time they are put in the freezer. This process, McGill says, mimics how they painlessly die in nature.

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Bridge2Food - 11th Protein Summit 2018

Bridge2Food - 11th Protein Summit 2018 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Nowadays, 4 kg of wild fish are needed to produce 1 kg of farmed fish. Fishmeal used in aquafeed is considered as non-sustainable and poorly traceable. Novel sources of proteins are thus necessary to replace or partially replace fishmeal. Several studies have shown that insect-based ingredients could be a good alternative.

As of July 1st 2017, the EU Regulation 2017/893 has authorized the use of insect proteins in aquafeed. Replacement of fishmeal in the diet of farmed fish represents a market of 1 million tons in Europe.

Entomo Farm breeds and transforms insects for the feed industry. Based in Libourne (France), the company operates a unique eco-industrial insect farming system, which allows producing large quantities of insects with very few resources, while ensuring a final product that is safe, 100% traceable and chemical-free.
The results of a 3-month study launched by Entomo Farm with French aquaculture feed laboratory IctyoPharma have just been released. Scientists have been evaluating the efficacy of graded incorporation levels of insect meal (Tenebrio molitor meal) on the growth performance, body composition and nutrient retention in Nile tilapia juveniles.
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Bugs! Could insects be the future of food and feed security?

Bugs! Could insects be the future of food and feed security? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it


Bugs! Could insects be the future of food and feed security?
Kaizen Management Solutions
Monday, October 2, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (ACDT)
Adelaide, SA

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Pumped for Crickets

Pumped for Crickets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Launched in 2014, Exo has an interesting claim: being the market leader in insect-based protein. Using all-natural cricket-flour — that has been flash-frozen, roasted, and milled — Exo makes protein bars with natural ingredients in flavors like Blueberry Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cocoa Nut, and Banana Bread. In case you’ve missed the health memo, crickets are a fantastic addition to your diet as they are protein-rich-crazy and they are also good for the world as they require a lot less infrastructure to “farm” than cows or chickens. Also, roasted cricket plus guac: yum. Earlier this year, Exo introduced a new identity and packaging designed by Brooklyn, NY-based Gander.
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Will it fly? Australians encouraged to embrace insect-based foods

Will it fly? Australians encouraged to embrace insect-based foods | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A growing number of entrepreneurial foodies are trying to convince the world that insects belong on our dinner plates.

Massimo Reverberi, who is the founder of start-up Bugsolutely in Shanghai, is one of them.

"It's really friendly for the environment but for the consumer it would definitely be the nutritional properties and the taste," he told SBS World News.

The Italian entrepreneur is about to launch a line of chips across China made from silkworm powder. 

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Film Forum · BUGS

Film Forum · BUGS | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

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SWEDEN • 2017 • 14 MINS. • IN SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

“In the apocalyptic future, we’ll all be eating bugs.” – New York Magazine. Two billion people around the world already eat insects and tout their nutritional benefits: they’re filled with vitamins and are an environmentally sound, gluten-free source of protein. What’s less discussed: how delicious insect cuisine can be when skillfully and creatively prepared. In BUGS, “food adventurers” from Denmark’s Nordic Food Lab (founded by René Redzepi of the famed restaurant Noma), forage, farm, cook, and taste insects with communities in Australia (large white worms), Mexico (ant larvae, or escamoles), the Netherlands (an insect-for-consumption farm), Kenya (pan-fried termite queen), Italy (worm-filled cheese)… and tasting honey ants, venomous giant hornets, and long-horned grasshoppers. Preceded by THE BURDEN, winner of the top prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival: a musical set in a fish-run hotel and a call center staffed by monkeys.

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Horny Crickets Will Save Us All

Horny Crickets Will Save Us All | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Terreform ONE, a not-for-profit architecture research group, creates projects that provide environmentally friendly and smart design options for future cities.

One of them is a Cricket Shelter — a modular edible insect farm where crickets are milled into flour after death. But don't worry, they get to have a lot of sex first!

According to a 2013 report from the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations (FAO), roughly 2 billion people consume bugs as part of their regular diet.

As global food consumption and urbanisation becomes more critical, alternative forms of protein may need to be considered more seriously by the Western world. Terreform ONE certainly thinks so, and they have created an ethical framework for it that relies on smart architecture.
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Episode 17: Wendy Lu McGill on Reclaiming Insects as Food – Eric Garza

Episode 17: Wendy Lu McGill on Reclaiming Insects as Food – Eric Garza | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Wendy Lu McGill spent years working in International Development, where she became familiarized with the opportunities that insects offer as a healthy addition to a nutrient-dense diet. She founded Rocky Mountain Micro-Ranch, Colorado’s first and only edible insect farm where she raises crickets, mealworms, and wax worms for human consumption.

Episode Outline

The many environmental benefits associated with eating insects
Why insects’ feed conversion ratios are superior to cattle and other livestock
Why a sociologist decided to start a micro-ranch in Colorado raising crickets
Why Americans (and Europeans) are
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Insect Protein Gaining Traction in Food Industry - The Food Institute Blog - The Food Institute

Insect Protein Gaining Traction in Food Industry - The Food Institute Blog - The Food Institute | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects as the next major source of protein may seem like an off the wall idea, but the food industry is actually closer to that reality than you might think.

Insects have slowly been gaining traction as a viable food ingredient, and some experts claim they will be a necessity to maintain food security in the future. The United Nations estimates that sustainable food production will have to increase by 70% to be able to feed the world's population, and bugs will need to be a critical source of protein, reported NPR (Sept. 14). Obviously, it will likely take some convincing to get the majority of consumers to try eating bugs, but the growing industry is hoping all the benefits will outweigh the ick-factor.

At the Brooklyn Bugs festival in early September, the focus was on education, and a lot of emphasis was placed on getting kids on board with eating insects. Robert Nathan Allen, president of the nonprofit Little Herds, has faith that once the idea of eating bugs is more normalized, it will become a regular food ingredient. "Eating insects is so stigmatized. It's thought of as barbaric. But our grandparents in the United States once thought sushi was disgusting. This movement is just getting started. It's a fledgling industry."
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Bug-Based Meatball Snacks : insect snacks

Bug-Based Meatball Snacks : insect snacks | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Many consumers are now looking to enrich their diets with alternative sources of protein and are looking to plant-based options or insect snacks as suitable substitutes to meat, especially for on-the-go eating. At this year's Anuga, the world's largest food trade fair, Micarna introduced 'Pop-Bugs,' which are "meatballs made with insect flour."

Beyond being notable for their unique formula, Pop-Bugs are packaged in a unique cardboard box that elevates the eating experience. The packaging for the insect snack product is designed to showcase the bite-sized balls and make them easy to pair with the included dips.

A number of forward-thinking brands are now experimenting with the many ways that insects may be worked into food products, as they offer a much more sustainable source of protein than animal products can provide.

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Feeling brave this Halloween? Can you prove it by eating bugs? | Relish Austin

Feeling brave this Halloween? Can you prove it by eating bugs? | Relish Austin | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Even though we’re all eating bugs (and parts of bugs) pretty much every day of the year, there’s a growing entomophagy movement afoot to get more people to eat insects, including crickets and mealworms.

Two local organizations are at the forefront of this effort. The non-profit Little Herds has been around since 2012 and is now a co-host of the Austin Bug-Eating Festival, a 10-year-old summertime event that encourages the exploration of insects as food.
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Rare western Kenya delicacy to be commercialised

Rare western Kenya delicacy to be commercialised | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
-A Sh600 million education and research centre aimed at encouraging the use of insects as human food has been launched.

-The initiative is aimed at improving food security in Kenya and the East African region.

-The western Kenya delicacy which is full off nutrients like Zinc and proteins

A world bank funded education and research center has been established at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology awaiting approval of PHD and Masters academic programmes on edible insects.

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Edible Innovations: This Hive Lets You Grow Insects at Home | Make:

Edible Innovations: This Hive Lets You Grow Insects at Home | Make: | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Grow your own food at home! This hive is small enough to fit inside an apartment. It automatically grows insects for consumption.
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I ate this bug for journalism. At the State Fair, you can eat one, too.

I ate this bug for journalism. At the State Fair, you can eat one, too. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
At one time, it crawled. It flew. It molted and it buzzed. Then I ate it. You can, too, at the State Fair of Texas this weekend.

If you’re headed that way for the Texas-OU game, and want something even more adventurous than the funnel cake bacon queso burger, Torrey Morgan and his Richardson-based company Meat Maniac will be at Coliseum Marketplace Booth #74.
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BUGS - 2.5 CHILES

BUGS - 2.5 CHILES | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects are the latest taste sensation for the brave foodie in this alternately funny, occasionally cringe-inducing, but ultimately thought-provoking look at insects as a food commodity. The documentary follows Ben
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Wild Black Ant Flavoured Salt

Wild Black Ant Flavoured Salt | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Recently there seems to be a huge interest in Europe on eating insects, now a lot of people tune out at this point and simply go eeewwww but… Indulge me for a moment – it isn’t actually the latest fad, insects have been a staple part of many cultures for hundreds if not thousands of years. 

They can if given the chance be absolutely delicious and not only that, with all the modern advances in science it has actually been proven that they are healthy and good for you.

Okay so you like the idea but still can’t bring yourself to eat them (if you do buy some that smell your desperately trying to remember what it reminds of is – soy sauce, the taste is similar too), I’m going to show you a way to eat them in a manner that you already use. 

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Essento Introduces Insect Burgers to Coop Supermarkets in Switzerland

Essento Introduces Insect Burgers to Coop Supermarkets in Switzerland | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The headlines are in and they are incredulous: insect burgers! On sale! In a Swiss supermarket chain!

In May, Switzerland was the first European country to pass legislation permitting insects to be bred in regulated conditions and sold purely for human consumption. Essento is one of the first companies to take advantage of this legislation, but what’s particularly notable is that they’re doing this on a national level. They’re not content to test their alternative product in a health food store. Essento is going straight to Coop, one of Switzerland’s largest wholesale and retail companies that was also awarded the “World’s Most Sustainable Retailer” by German research agency oekom research AG. 
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21st century food: the best edible insects of the web

21st century food: the best edible insects of the web | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
21 bites: the 21st century food !

New ideas for food. New ideas for health. New ideas for the environment.

Experience the most exciting foods of the future. Join the revolution!

Try the taste of tomorrow.
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21 Bites: Europe’s ‘first’ insect e-shop opens for business

21 Bites: Europe’s ‘first’ insect e-shop opens for business | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Fucibo Co launched 21 Bites, the first European online shop dedicated to the sale of insect-based products, this week. FoodNavigator speaks to founder Davide Rossi to find out more.
Fucibo Co claims that its e-commerce brand, 21 Bites, is the first online shop in Europe that only sells foods made from insects.

Founder Rossi, along with a growing number of advocates, believes that edible insects have the potential to appeal to European consumers. “We followed the evolution of this market in the past years and we're sure it could have a big future also in Europe,” he predicted.

Watchwords: Quality, safety, authenticity
The start-up sources “carefully-selected” products derived from insect protein and produced by European companies.

The 21 Bites team have tested all items available on its pages. The company’s and its messaging focuses on high quality and safety standards, Rossi explained.

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In the Spotlight: Essento edible insects are the “new beef” in Swiss gastronomy. - Storehouse

In the Spotlight: Essento edible insects are the “new beef” in Swiss gastronomy. - Storehouse | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
BUG-A-BOO! EDIBLE INSECTS ARE THE NEW HOTTEST TREND TO CRAWL INTO POPULAR GASTRONOMY. EITHER AS AN EXOTIC INGREDIENT IN A 3-STAR APPETISER OR IN YOUR FAVOURITE GRANOLA BAR, BUGS SUCH AS MEALWORM, CRICKETS OR ANTS ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR IN THE WESTERN WORLD AND THERE’S A NEW PRODUCT RANGE IN TOWN TO GET YOU THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT CREEPY-CRAWLIES! HERE’S THE INSIDE SCOOP STRAIGHT FROM ESSENTO’S HQ…

As a dietitian, I’m always on the lookout for the hottest, nutritious trends taking over and it looks like bugs are the next big thing! Sustainable nutrition has been a hot topic for a while and perhaps edible insects would hold the answer to a more environmentally friendly approach to eating. Insects have been part of some communities for hundreds of years and in the 5 and a half years of living in Switzerland, I have just come across a product range that aims to change how we view these critters. Enter Essento. Speaking to their head of marketing and sales, Melchior Füglistaller,  we went through a mini Q&A to learn more about their venture:
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Food Adventures – Dining

Food Adventures – Dining | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Tacos. More tacos. Poke bowls. Asian street food. Mexican street food. Peruvian street food. The Italian food revival. Turkish cuisine. The seemingly unstoppable craft breweries behemoth. Fresh roasted and ground coffee that has nothing to do with Starbucks. Food halls. Saturday brunch. The celebrity dining juggernaut of Disney Springs. Locally brewed artisan kombucha. Edible insects (Reyes Mezcaleria at the head of the wave by serving fried chipotle-spiced grasshoppers). Fine and funky dining outside the Orlando/Winter park corridor—DeLand, Sanford, Mount Dora.

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Dye pigments | 4ento Green

Dye pigments | 4ento Green | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Top frequently asked questions about the use of natural pigments in textile, cosmetics and art.
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