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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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Insects as a protein alternative and solution to our world's food crisis.
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How Insects Can Help Preserve Our Resources & Increase Global Food Security - 4ento

How Insects Can Help Preserve Our Resources & Increase Global Food Security - 4ento | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects can play a huge role in reducing resource use and waste in our current food production. Find out what this is so important to the future of planet.
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Portland edible insects coming soon

Portland edible insects coming soon | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
After a full day of gardens and vegetable farms visits, we stopped by a Pizza Parlour to taste delicious and affordable slices. Amy, our classmate from PSU, invited another friend amongst our group...
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"During her master's program in environmental management at Yale, Yesenia enjoyed working with Kenny, her classmate. ''She had the good ideas, he could make them work''. Yesenia grew up with a grandmother cooking Mexican insect specialties, and after a recent trip to her ancestral lands; she brought back the idea of producing edible insects in the US. After some research, Kenny realized there was a growing demand for edible insects and thought he could be a good cricket "babysitter". Yesenia and Kenny thus started their project and received two grants from their Alma Mater (totalling 35,000$ of initial seed money). In their farm, they hope to....."

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Should We Keep God's First Commandment by Eating More Bugs? | Acton PowerBlog

Should We Keep God's First Commandment by Eating More Bugs? | Acton PowerBlog | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The very first command God gave to humanity was to "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). Overall, I’d say we’r
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The Top Ten Edible Insects in North America

The Top Ten Edible Insects in North America | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
But in North America it turns out we still have plenty of edible insects right under our nose -- insects with protein, very little fat and that can help....
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Protein Is King of the Hill … Can It Last?

Protein Is King of the Hill … Can It Last? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
As bullish as consumers are on plant-based proteins, they are just as bearish on insects as a protein and food source. Just 26.5 percent of consumers globally thought insects would have a positive impact on health as insects ranked 91st among 100 ingredients ordered by the percentage of consumers globally believing the ingredient would have a positive impact on health. If insects were a presidential candidate, they wouldn’t make it out of the New Hampshire primaries.

But this tepid consumer reaction hasn’t necessarily thrown a red flag on insect-based product innovation. Cricket flour has become something of a “go to" insect ingredient in the U.S. market with innovations like the Exo protein bar and the Chapul snack bar. Buffalo worms—an ingredient that sounds somewhat less appetizing than Buffalo wings—have popped up in a new line of high protein vegetable burger and meat-free nugget products from the Netherlands. Damhert Nutrition’s new Insecta line isn’t shy about touting its insect origins. The line blends Buffalo worms with more conventional ingredients including wheat gluten and wheat flour for an insect protein-based alternative to meat-based hamburgers, chicken patties and chicken fingers.
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Dreaded desert locusts tame heart diseases- Scientists

Scientists have discovered that consumption of desert locust reduces risks of heart disease. This revelation comes at a time when FAO encouraged people to embrace edible insects as a mitigating factor against food insecurity.

The study that was conducted jointly by icipe, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture, Technology and United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) highlights the benefits of desert locust which hitherto have been dreaded by farmers for its mass destruction.

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We'll Be Eating a Lot More Bugs in the Future | Big Think

We'll Be Eating a Lot More Bugs in the Future | Big Think | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A lot of people around the world eat bugs. Chances are you're not one of them, assuming our analytics are correct. Just the thought of crunching down on a creepy crawler sends shivers through the typical American endoskeleton. Many Westerners think of eating bugs as a gross third-world custom... or just what Anthony Bourdain does when he's on vacation.

But much of what we think we know about insects resides in the realm of myth. They're not unhealthy. They're often quite tasty. They're loaded with the sort of nutritious good stuff dietary professionals love. And sooner or later we're probably going to have to get over our apprehensions and embrace these remarkably efficient sources of protein.
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C-fu’s new processing platforms could help pave the way for an insect commodity market

C-fu’s new processing platforms could help pave the way for an insect commodity market | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Two new, versatile production platforms created by ingredient supplier C-fu FOODS could crack open the nascent insect protein commodity market in North America by “abstracting the product from its source,” a company co-founder says.
“We are trying to use novel food processes to change insects’ shapes and texture to something more familiar that is easier and exciting to work with,” Eli Cadesky, CEO of C-fu FOODS, told FoodNavigator-USA.
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Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups? - SiliconHills

Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups? - SiliconHills | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
“There are a lot of people who are interested in food and technology and who want to do good things for the world,” Metcalfe said
Insects as an alternative protein source have received a lot of attention as startups launch to grow bugs for consumption. In fact, a few cricket-based products pitched as finalists at the last food challenge.
“The tough challenge is to convince people to overcome their cultural barriers,” Metcalfe said. “That’s a tough mountain to climb.”
And alternative food sources like Soylent, a meal replacement drink, have also garnered a lot of attention.
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Beaty Biodiversity Museum Folks Eat Insects for the First Time - YouTube

Published on Aug 26, 2015
Watch Beaty Biodiversity Museum staff, students, and volunteers eating insects for the very first time.
Join Beaty Biodiversity Museum members for a special Bugs and Beer night featuring edible insects from Next Millennium Farms and Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery.
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Is the US ready to stomach eating bugs?

Is the US ready to stomach eating bugs? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs are a greener alternative source of protein, but US consumers are still grossed out by eating crickets. Will companies be able to make insect farming viable?
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"Chapul, Exo and Jungle – three protein bars making their way to supermarket shelves – have one thing in common: crickets. All three include cricket flour, which is touted by their manufacturers as an environmentally friendly alternative to milk or soy protein.


Insects offer a complete protein and a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fat and fiber, and they require less space and water to grow than traditional livestock, such as cows and chickens. They also produce less ammonia and fewer greenhouse gases and can feed on a variety of organic matter, including food waste."

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Insects on supermarket shelves - HealthGauge.com

Insects on supermarket shelves - HealthGauge.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Are we ready to shop for edible insects?

Walk into your average supermarket or convenience store and you’re never more than a few paces away from the food-to-go section. An area of refrigerator cabinets, drinks and snacks from which we are entrusted with the responsibility of constructing something that might pass for a lunch. Here we are presented with familiar options like sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit or vegetable snack portions, crisps, popcorn, confectionary bars as well as the odd healthier or low calorie option.
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Solving todays food challenges

"From a narrow, short-term perspective the priorities for many are taste, price and convenience. In solving this problem the global food industry has been very successful indeed, working like a well oiled machine to deliver decent tasting, low-cost food to a local store or even your front door. However if look at our current global food strategy from a wider, long-term perspective then not only is it failing but it is in fact creating problems of its own. Our dependance on meat and animal protein is the ....."

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The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm

The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Consumers may not be ready to eat bugs, as many do in Southeast Asia, which is why some people are pushing ground-up crickets as the next big protein.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"A few startup companies, like Exo and Chapul, buy cricket powder wholesale from Dossey, and then put it into nutrition bars. The company Six Foods uses it for their cricket chips, which they call “chirps.” Another company, San Francisco-based Bitty Foods, sells cricket flour for baking, and their cookies with cricket flour sell in all 50 states and in over 30 countries.

“We actually think it’s really important to use crickets in a ground format to introduce it to the Western market, simply because there is no visual barrier to overcome. You know, the use of whole insects, while we think it’s delicious, is not quite as palatable for people, which is why we roast them and then grind them. It’s very similar to making coffee,” said Leslie Ziegler, co-founder of Bitty Foods."

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From icky bugs to good grub: Why more people are eating insects

From icky bugs to good grub: Why more people are eating insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Gillian Spence plunges her hand into a shallow tray of 10,000 writhing mealworms. She comes up with a handful of the inch-long, beige-colored grubs, which squirm over and between her fingers.

Most are destined to become bait for fish or food for reptilian pets. But not all of them.

"A lot of orders now are going to restaurants," she says.

Spence's Compton company, Rainbow Mealworms, supplies the mealworms and their larger, feistier cousins, called superworms, to a number of edible-insect businesses across the country. One, called Hotlix, puts them inside lollipops.

Mealworms and superworms aren't actually worms at all — they're the larval forms of two species of darkling beetles. They're also two of the roughly 1,900 insect species that are good for people to eat, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.



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Taste education boosts sales for edible insects

Taste education boosts sales for edible insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects might be the key to easing the growing demand for meat, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and curbing food prices. Can education programs help make edible insects more palatable to the consumer?
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Why You Should Eat Bugs (Spoiler Alert: You Already Are)

Why You Should Eat Bugs (Spoiler Alert: You Already Are) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs have been hailed as the "next climate-friendly superfood," but should you be eating bugs? Are bugs good for us? PBS program The Good Stuff investigates
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The Future of Food - YouTube

Published on Aug 31, 2015
Megan Miller is the Founder and CEO of Bitty Foods, a company that makes delicious foods powered by high protein cricket flour! Megan discusses how she first got introduced to edible insects, and furthermore, how she decided to turn that into a profitable business.
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Insects the answer to global food shortage?

Insects the answer to global food shortage? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Worries about the future of the world's food have led some researchers to consider a relatively untapped source of nutrition: bugs. Not a problem in Mexico.
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"The levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in some, continues the report, can be compared to those found in fish, and are higher than those of beef and pork. Protein, vitamin and mineral levels in insects, meanwhile, are similar to those of fish and red meats, provided that the insects themselves are well-fed.

According to the National Autonomous University (UNAM), 549 species of edible insects have been classified in Mexico, making it a world leader.

Conservative estimates identify 428 edible insects in the Amazonia region of South America, while China has documented 170 such species, and Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar together report 164 species."

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Good Food Oxford | Edible Insects, Taste and Education in Oxford

Good Food Oxford | Edible Insects, Taste and Education in Oxford | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Last month, we were lucky enough have a taste education workshop  ‘Love Bug’ in Oxford, serving up an unusual evening meal of edible insects! The surprisingly tasty critters were part of an aphrodisiacal foods taster evening, and are becoming increasingly popular across the world as a more sustainable source of protein. Missed all the buzz? Read more in this special blog from organiser Rebecca Roberts. 

Entomophagy (i.e. eating edible insects) has been a longstanding gastronomic practice in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Central America, thanks to a diverse insect population and continued demand for seasonal, wild foods. From over 2000 species of edible insect, the favourites are beetles (31% of consumption), caterpillars (18%), wasps and ants (14%) and then other species such as grasshoppers, crickets and worms. 

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4 Weird Food Trends Millennials Are Making Into a Thing -- The Motley Fool

4 Weird Food Trends Millennials Are Making Into a Thing --  The Motley Fool | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

4. Insects
I said millennials had some weird tastes, and though bugs have been used as a source of protein in many cultures for eons -- they're high in minerals and vitamins, too -- getting beyond the ick factor in Western society has been extremely difficult. The trick, it seems, is disguising them as more familiar foods.

Protein bars from Exo, for example, are made from cricket flour and are described as a dense, moist, and chewy alternative to the meat bars above. Next Millennium Farms provides cricket flour, mealworm flour, and more to substitute in baking. Banana cricket bread anyone?

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FAO: México líder en insectos comestibles

FAO: México líder en insectos comestibles | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 30 de agosto.-Mientras la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) hace la pregunta de si los insectos podrían contribuir a la seguridad alimentaria del mundo, México se aproxima a la celebración de los 500 años de la Historia general de las cosas de la Nueva España, donde fray Bernardino de Sahagún describió en 1569 al chapoli o chapulín, que gana fama en los restaurantes de México y del extranjero.
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The four must-try insects to munch in Oaxaca

The four must-try insects to munch in Oaxaca | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In the second of our five-part series on Mexico’s rich and varied gastronomy, we talk you through the four juicy bugs you must try.
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"The southern state of Oaxaca is best-known in Mexico for its delicious mole negro, a dark sauce made from chilhuacle negro chillies and eaten with chicken or turkey. But in fact, Mexico’s fifth-largest state is made up of seven different regions, each with its own ecosystem providing a huge variety of ingredients. "

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Aquitaine Amorçage soutient ENTOMO FARM et son système industriel d’élevage d’insectes

Aquitaine Amorçage soutient ENTOMO FARM et son système industriel d’élevage d’insectes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Grâce à ses prêts d'honneur, Aquitaine Amorçage offre à Entomo Farm de nouvelles perspectives en matière de R&D dans la filière entomocole
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"Passionné depuis l’âge de 8 ans par l’univers des insectes et convaincu qu’ils représentent une solution aux défis alimentaires d’aujourd’hui et de demain, Grégory LOUIS envisage dans un premier temps de se lancer dans la production d’insectes. Mais, constatant qu’aucun outil ne permettait de produire des insectes avec un niveau sanitaire correct et traçable, il a donc décidé de s’attaquer à la conception de solutions industrielles d’élevage d’insectes."

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How Unfussy Eaters Are Saving The World

How Unfussy Eaters Are Saving The World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Thanks to its feeding habits, the oriental latrine fly could just play a major role in food and environmental sustainability.
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"Rearing insects as livestock does not require land clearing, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and produces a more efficient protein source—a higher proportion of food eaten by insects is converted into edible protein, compared to rearing traditional livestock such as cattle, sheep, and poultry. Furthermore, insects can be fed directly on organic waste, effectively recycling nutrients back to human-edible material at a faster rate."

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Edible insects in Africa: An introduction to finding, using and eating insects - 1846 : Food safety & human nutrition : CTA Publishing

Edible insects in Africa: An introduction to finding, using and eating insects - 1846 : Food safety & human nutrition : CTA Publishing | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is renewed interest in the use of insects as human food. Insects provide animal protein of good quality, and they are rich in lipids and macronutrients. The many edible insect species – an accessible and affordable source of food – can contribute to food security. This Agrodok shows where to find, and how to collect and prepare, 10 different insect species from 5 groups: caterpillars, beetles, termites, grasshoppers and crickets. With the information in this Agrodok, Agromisa aims to contribute to the use of edible insects as a means to securing access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food.
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Bug Boys want you to eat beetles for breakfast

Bug Boys want you to eat beetles for breakfast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

HERE is an idea to make you squirm – bugs for breakfast.

A trio of entrepreneurial undergraduates are suggesting you do just and are on a mission to persuade people the merits of gobbling grasshoppers.

Bug Boys is a new start-up and part of the first cohort to enter Entrepreneurial Spark, a business incubator in Brighton.

Their idea is based on the growing consensus that protein-rich insects could become a sustainable global food source in the future.

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