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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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Insects for food and feed - Welcome to the new Global Stakeholder Directory (version 1.0) on Edible Insects

Insects for food and feed - Welcome to the new Global Stakeholder Directory (version 1.0) on Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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"Welcome to the new Global Stakeholder Directory (version 1.0) on Edible Insects!


This directory lets stakeholders present their current and past work on insects as feed and food. It also enables users to identify synergies on cross cutting topics such as: nutrition, livestock management, legislation, labelling and investment while facilitating networking at regional/national levels.

Stakeholders are invited to join the directory and share contact details, social media channels, and website links which link directly to your publications.

If you would like to be part of this dynamic directory please write to Christopher.Muenke@fao.org. You will then be contacted by FAO in due time with further instructions on how to proceed. Users can choose what information is published online OR if you would like to keep your information private, it will be made available only to the FAO Edible Insect Programme.

The Edible insect programme would like to acknowledge the work done by Ms. Rena Chen, who developed the “International Entomophagist Contact Directory” and whose data was incorporated in this directory. We also acknowledge the work by Wageningen University in incorporating their previous database."

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Favorite Map of All Time! Excited to explore all the insect stakeholders #aroundtheworld

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Buggin’ Out: A Different Kinda Diet | Strange Kids Club

Here at Strange Kids Club we’re not ones to shy from what society dubs as “strange” or “gross.” Heck, it’s in our names! So when I tell you that I tried crackers made with cricket flour, it should come as no big surprise! I have to admit… it was tasty and I regret nothing. Believe it or not entomophagy, the eating of bugs, has existed a long time and plenty of other cultures eat bugs like it’s going out of style; Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand all partake in the consumption of bugs.

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First EU edible insect food safety guide published

First EU edible insect food safety guide published | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.
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Belgium Takes a Serious Look at the Food Safety of Insects | Food Safety News

Belgium Takes a Serious Look at the Food Safety of Insects | Food Safety News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Neither Belgium nor the European Union has any specific regulations regarding breeding and marketing insects for human consumption, but the trade is tolerated. And why not? Insects, according to the Scientific Committee of the (Belgium) Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, “offer great potential” as alternative sources of dietary protein.

But what about food safety?

The agency is out with “Common Advice” about the food-safety aspects of insects, a 22-page paper validated by the country’s Superior Health Council. It suggests that, while there are about 1,500 to 2,000 edible insect species in the world, and that, in some regions, they’ve been eaten by human for centuries, there isn’t much scientific literature on the food safety of insects.
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Cut the red tape: 8 surprising customs rules

Cut the red tape: 8 surprising customs rules | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
We appreciate that it can be tricky to get to grips with each and every export rule, so you’ll need to plan on a country-by-country basis, and source a trusted resource. Our selection of unexpected regulations below will give you a flavour of the kind of rules that are out there:


Fancy a plate of insects? – Probably not in the EU

Edible insects are trending – but imports of such insects are not yet allowed in all EU countries due to variations in food safety rules. Belgium approved 10 insects for human consumption in 2014, and in November the first insect meat offers were available in supermarkets and restaurants.
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Belgium gives advice on food safety of insects

Belgium gives advice on food safety of insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It seems highly unlikely insects farmed under controlled, hygienic circumstances, would get infected with viral or parasitic pathogens from the farming environment or nutrient medium, said the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC or AFSCA in Belgium).

Since it cannot be excluded that pathogenic bacteria (and spores) from the production environment may infect the insects and its consumers, a heating step (minimally blanching, cooking, frying or stir frying) is indispensable before the products are put on to market or consumed, it added.

As far as chemical hazards are concerned, composition and possible defensive secretions need to be assessed for each insect species separately.
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Forbidden Food: From Fried Tarantulas to Fido – The Plate: Rebecca Rupp

Forbidden Food: From Fried Tarantulas to Fido – The Plate: Rebecca Rupp | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
People are omnivores. We can eat practically anything, and collectively we pretty much do. Worldwide, the human diet encompasses everything from fried brains and fermented seal flipper to ant larva...
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Lobsters really are cockroaches of the sea | Science! | Geek.com

Lobsters really are cockroaches of the sea | Science! | Geek.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
New genetic information shows we've misunderstood the evolution of crustaceans like lobsters. They're closer to modern day insects than you might think.
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Eating bugs? Truth is, you may already be

Eating bugs? Truth is, you may already be | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Even though the jar of peanut butter at the store is still sealed, doesn’t mean that it is entirely bug-free. Entomophagy, which is a term referring to human’s consumption of insects, is a growing trend in the U.S. and in University courses like May Berenbaum’s Integrative Biology 109.
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Little Herds: Nonprofit Introduces Bug Eating to Austin

Little Herds: Nonprofit Introduces Bug Eating to Austin | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Crickets: the food of the future. Healthy, sustainable and exotic–what’s not to love?

This may come as a shock to some, but many people have recently begun developing this concept in the western world–one of the only places on earth where eating insects is not widely accepted. Little Herds is a non-profit created in Austin that educates the public about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects.

Once you get over the initial shock and gross factor, the logical reasons for cricket consumption become surprisingly compelling.
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Growth performance and feed conversion efficiency of three edible mealworm species (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) on diets composed of organic by-products.

Growth performance and feed conversion efficiency of three edible mealworm species (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) on diets composed of organic by-products. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects receive increasing attention as an alternative protein-rich food source for humans. Producing edible insects on diets composed of organic by-products could increase sustainability. In...
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Bugs for dinner? I'll have a side of ants with that - CNN Video

Bugs for dinner? I'll have a side of ants with that - CNN Video | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs have been a dietary staple of many cultures for centuries. Yet Westerners have been slow to stomach the creepy crawlers. That may be changing. CNN's Rachel Crane heads to New York's The Black Ant to taste the latest restaurant trend.

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Click here to support Insectitos: an entomophagy company by Jerry Dean Kizer-Mear

Click here to support Insectitos: an entomophagy company by Jerry Dean Kizer-Mear | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
 Please help us! We are currently in the process of forming our LLC to start-up an entomophagy company. We are college students from Aurora, IL trying to make an impact not only as a small business but also for the advancement of conserving our resources.             Entomophagy is the process of...
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Hot chocolate with crickets, now at Vancouver's Mink Chocolate Café

Hot chocolate with crickets, now at Vancouver's Mink Chocolate Café | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
For this year's Hot Chocolate Festival, Mink Chocolates has an adventurous offering called "Don't Bug Me" featuring a garnish of crickets. Yep, crickets.
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History of Entomophagy in the West

History of Entomophagy in the West | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Finally!  In all its glory!  A not-so-brief-but-still-briefish video about the history of Entomophagy and why we think most Western cultures do not eat bugs. Share and Subscribe! I'll have more com...
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Bugs – it’s what’s for dinner, says local family

Bugs – it’s what’s for dinner, says local family | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
If the thought of eating bugs gives you the creeps, understand this: Many of the creatures that crawl and fly around your home are packed with nutrition. And to some people, they don’t taste as bad as you think.
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The world’s best restaurant is serving quivering shrimp covered with ants

The world’s best restaurant is serving quivering shrimp covered with ants | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Chef René Redzepi’s Noma restaurant has become a fixture atop the world’s best restaurant list due in part to its cultivation of unique ingredients that reflect the unforgiving Nordic climate. But for his latest creation at a pop-up restaurant in Tokyo, Redzepi may have outdone himself.


Noma Tokyo’s tasting menu, which costs 149,500 yen ($1,265) for two people, has a showstopper opening course: jumbo shrimp, so recently killed that they are still twitching, served with about a dozen tiny black ants for seasoning.

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Insects as a Protein Alternative | 4ento

Insects as a Protein Alternative | 4ento | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered eating an insect, even just for fun?

Maybe not. How about an alternative source of protein then? Not meat, or even fish, but something like soy or beans or even eggs?

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, this is a daily concern. And even if you are not, it’s good to eat something different once in a while, right?

But some people don’t have this luxury, and in the not too distant future, you might not either.
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Bingham & Jones Innovations in Food

Bingham & Jones Innovations in Food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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Time also predicts the rise of insects as a food source. This one has slowly bubbled under the surface for a while now and it has been creeping up there but the public are scared of embracing this one. There is a lot of culture and heritage that goes into what we eat and in the developed world, insects haven’t really played a part for quite a long time. Places like the Nordic Food Lab run by the chefs at Noma in Copenhagen have done a lot of work on insects and had some really interesting findings such as the different flavours of ants (5). Even they had a recent bout of drama over trying to share a tasting of insects at a recent conference (6), which does not bode well for any people considering producing insect based foods
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Seminar in Edible Insects in a Gastronomic Context

Seminar in Edible Insects in a Gastronomic Context | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Seminar in Edible Insects in a Gastronomic Context
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Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School will present a FREE seminar of ‘Edible Insects in a Gastronomic Context’ and its nutritional aspects of insects for consumption and cooking demonstration on Thursday 19 February 2015 at 16.00 hrs.-19.00 hrs. @ Cointreau Room.

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Wine & Insect Pairing Menu | Stylus | Innovation Research & Advisory

Wine & Insect Pairing Menu | Stylus | Innovation Research & Advisory | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In response to a growing consumer desire for edible insects, British wine merchant Laithwaite's has developed the world's first insect and wine pairing guide. Designed for more adventurous palates, pairings include Zebra Tarantula spider with full-bodied Chardonnay, Queen Weaver Ants with aromatic white wine, and Asian Forest Scorpions with Transylvanian Pinot Noir.
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Green Day 2015 | University of Northern British Columbia

Green Day 2015 | University of Northern British Columbia | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Try out some edible insects and explore the future of food

Do you ever wonder what our food system will resemble in the future? On Green Day, Postdoctoral Fellow Aynsley Thielman will be teaching us all about the endless possibilities of edible insects. There will be samples where you won't even know you are eating insects, to ones with a little more crunch for the adventurous.

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Down on the (cricket) farm

Down on the (cricket) farm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
LAB & LIBRARY - Afton Halloran is researching the sustainability of cricket farming in Thailand 

Approaching the house, I could hear them before they came into sight. At first, a low hum, but gradually, with every footstep, the sound grew into a rhythmic, high-pitched chirp.

Placing my hands together in a wai, I greeted the farmer. He turned and made his way to the back of the house. A series of low, concrete pens sat under a tin roof. I peered over the edge and greeted my million research subjects: an orchestra of crickets.

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Is Cricket Flour Actually Tasty?

Is Cricket Flour Actually Tasty? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The short answer is not really. That does mean we shouldn't eat. Is there something we can do to make cricket flour taste better? Cricket flour is low in fat, high in insoluble fiber, high in cooke...
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The Boxtrolls on Twitter

The Boxtrolls on Twitter | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Boxtrolls Rule #57: BUGS ARE A PERFECTLY HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS SNACK pic.twitter.com/wgfdoGZtYu
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Matching Wine with Bugs … Yes, Bugs | Wine News & Features

Matching Wine with Bugs … Yes, Bugs | Wine News & Features | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Matching Wine with Bugs … Yes, Bugs. With insects crawling into the menus of the western world, we bugged Adam Lechmere to buzz out to try some wine matches.

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