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Los alimentos mágicos de las culturas indígenas mesoamericanas

Los alimentos mágicos de las culturas indígenas mesoamericanas | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
En esta obra se estudian los alimentos y bebidas que sirvieron de base Para el desarrollo y florecimiento de las grandes civilizaciones mesoamericanas y que, posteriormente, se han convertido en fuente y legado Para nuestra regi n y el resto del...
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Insects as a protein alternative and solution to our world's food crisis.
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#BugsEndHunger - Eat bugs, fight for #foodsecurity. Share, donate, eat & empower! @LittleHerds #SeedsOfAction

#BugsEndHunger - Eat bugs, fight for #foodsecurity. Share, donate, eat & empower! @LittleHerds #SeedsOfAction | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
What happens when you eat bugs for 30 days? We believe it will help fuel a movement to end global malnutrition. Little Herds is proud to partner with Seeds Of Action for the #BugsEndHunger campaign. On May 1st, Seeds Of Action co-founder Jeremy Connor will begin his 30 day diet of eating bugs and plant based foods that can be found, or brought in through food aid programs, in areas where the 1 billion chronically hungry are struggling to live. This campaign will bring awareness to edible insects as a sustainable solution to food insecurity and produce a freely distributed, visually based, Farming Insects Guide (FIG) to empower communities across the planet to begin farming insects for food and economic security.
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This Giant Automated Cricket Farm Is Designed To Make Bugs A Mainstream Source Of Protein

This Giant Automated Cricket Farm Is Designed To Make Bugs A Mainstream Source Of Protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Inside a new building in an industrial neighborhood near the airport in Austin, a robot is feeding millions of crickets, 24 hours a day. The facility–a 25,000-square-foot R&D center that opened this month for the startup Aspire–uses technology that the company plans to soon duplicate in a farm 10 times as large. It’s a scale that the startup thinks is necessary to begin to make cricket food mainstream in the United States.

Eating bugs–or at least products made from bugs–has been growing in popularity. For a few years, it’s been possible to buy cricket snacks such as protein bars made with cricket flour or cricket chips (like Chirps) at some grocery stores or online. But for insect food to fulfill its sustainable promise of supplying protein without the massive carbon and land footprint of beef, it will have to be much more widely available, and more affordable. Aspire believes its farms can make that possible.
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Chapul Cricket Protein – Healthy Nutritional Flour, Bars & Powders?

Chapul Cricket Protein – Healthy Nutritional Flour, Bars & Powders? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Great Nutritional Value

The Chapuls cricket proteins have a high nutritional value as compared to the available proteins foods. The insect protein powder does not undergo rigorous manufacturing procedures that kill the essential amino acids. These are clean protein with all the necessary amino acids present for development and growth of the body muscles. The cricket proteins are healthy and do not come with the negative phytoestrogens present in common proteins like soy and meat. They are easily digestible as compared to other forms of proteins like meat and whey protein.
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Edible insects runaway success for Loire Valley deli

Edible insects runaway success for Loire Valley deli | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A delicatessen in the Loire Valley specialising in edible insects has soared in popularity since introducing the unusual products.

La Mesure grocery shop in Chécy in the Berry region (Cher, Centre-Val-de-Loire) sells all the usual products found in any local delicatessen - including flour, pasta and sweets - but also offers an array of worms, crickets, grasshoppers and scorpions.

Dried and spiced with paprika, curry, mustard or honey, the insect products have been flying off the shelves since they were introduced in June, with the shop selling over 5 kg of insects in less than three months; significant given their small size and weight.
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Swiss supermarket introduces mealworm 'Insect Burgers'

Swiss supermarket introduces mealworm 'Insect Burgers' | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A Swiss supermarket chain announced it will soon start selling an unusual beef substitute -- burger patties made from mealworms.

Grocery chain Coop announced seven of its locations in Switzerland will become the first stores to offer manufacturer Essento's Insect Burgers -- as well as meatball-like Insect Balls -- starting next Monday.

Both products contain ground-up mealworms as their source of protein.

The bug burgers also contain rice, carrots various spices for flavor. They are projected to sell for about $9.25 for a pack of two patties, while packs of 10 meatballs are planned to sell for the same amount.
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Investors Plant $250M in Alternative Protein Startups– and More Dollars are Coming

Investors Plant $250M in Alternative Protein Startups– and More Dollars are Coming | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The world seeks food that does not necessarily come from our furry, feathered or scaled friends – nor from fields where soy or other crops are grown. Therefore, in this era during which everyone (not just millennials) wants to try the next best thing, protein-rich insect flour in the baking section may soon be the reality.

Israel-based Hargol FoodTech, for example, recently scored $600,000 for its quest to build its network of grasshopper farms. Companies with similar objectives, such as Eat Grub, BugEater Labs and Midgard Insect Farm have received small but notable cash infusions. Based on the popularly of the spicy deep-fried grasshoppers at Seattle Mariners baseball games earlier this spring, these startups, and their investors, may be onto something.
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Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. 

Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden.  | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. Here the whole family can touch, taste and sense the multi-dimensional universe of insects. Pet a mealworm, eat a cricket, listen to the sounds of insects in the Victorian Palm House or experience the natural beauty of insects up close, in the exhibit ‘Microsculpture’ at the Geological Museum.

The festival will offer a wide variety of features that illustrate the potential of insects in terms of accommodating the UN Sustainable Development Goals, both in terms of a sustainable food production of tasteful food as well as the cultural value, biology, design and aesthetics of insects.

In front of the Victorian Palm House, guests will meet scientists, insect-enthusiasts and companies working with production of insects or insect-based products. Copenhagen Bug Fest will offer a variety of gastronomic dishes with insects, prepared by Michael Pontoppidan (Restaurant Gorilla) and Lui Lezzi.

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Insect burgers and balls: Essento launches bug line in Switzerland - FoodBev Media

Insect burgers and balls: Essento launches bug line in Switzerland - FoodBev Media | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Essento co-founder Christian Bärtsch said: “In terms of food, insects are an excellent choice for a number of reasons: they have high culinary potential, their production saves resources, and their nutritional profile is high. Insects are thus the perfect supplement for a contemporary meal plan.

“Coop and Essento are united by a quest for sustainable solutions. We have been working together for three years and will continue to work on establishing insects as a food in Switzerland.”

The two variants will be available from 21 August at selected Coop supermarkets in Switzerland.
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Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner

Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
GENEVA — When you think of Swiss food, chocolate and cheese quickly come to mind. But now a novel food is creating a buzz in this Alpine nation. 

Burgers and meatballs made from insects will hit grocery shelves Monday at the Coop supermarket chain. It marks the first wide distribution of bug bites in Europe.
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CNE 2017 food: Fire-breathing ice cream, black funnel cakes and more

CNE 2017 food: Fire-breathing ice cream, black funnel cakes and more | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Last year's buggy hot dog is this year's buggy ice cream: Bug Bistro is making edible insects accessible with vanilla soft serve topped with toasted coconut and chocolate-covered crickets. (Trust me, you can't even taste the cricket.)

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20 things you need to know about eating insects – and why you should do it

20 things you need to know about eating insects – and why you should do it | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
20 edible insect facts
1. Insects are 88% edible, compared to just 40% for pork and beef.

2. They’re rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

3. There are more than 1,900 edible insects to choose from. Crunchy, chewy or gooey?

4. Wasps, bees and ants contain 13-77g of protein per 100g, and beetles contain 23-66g of protein per 100g, compared with cooked red meat which contains 27-35g of protein per 100g Eggs contain 13g, and chicken 23g.

5. Due to their sour lemon-like flavour, worker ants are the perfect condiments for fish dishes, apparently.

6. Beetles are the most popular insect delicacy, accounting for 31% of all insects eaten.

7. Bees, wasps, and ants make up 14% of edible bugs, and 18% are caterpillars. Only 2% are flies.
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Swiss start-up’s insect-derived food intent on overcoming consumer bugbear

Swiss start-up’s insect-derived food intent on overcoming consumer bugbear | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Swiss start-up Essento will make its range of insect burgers and meatballs available in supermarkets after a recent shake-up of the country’s food safety laws.
Essento’s insect burgers blend flourworms, or Tenobrio molitor, with rice and vegetables such as carrots, celery and leeks. Oregano and chili are used to enhance flavour, the company said.

The start-up's insect meatballs combine flourworms, chickpeas, onions and garlic, together with herbs like coriander and parsley.

The products are due to go on sale from 21 August at seven Coop supermarkets in Geneva, Bern and Zurich.

“For now, we interested to see how people are going to react to the products,” said Christian Bärtsch, co-founder of Essento.

“They have a high culinary potential, their production spares resources and their nutritional profile is of high quality. Thus, insects are the perfect complement to a modern... diet."

This is the first time that insect-derived products have been allowed into the human food chain in Switzerland. Bärtsch said this gives Essento a first mover advantage. 
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Cleaning up on crispy critters

Cleaning up on crispy critters | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Tudnat Chantathan, the owner of Smile Bull Marketing Co, said crispy insect snacks are normally sold as street food, but packaging them for the retail market has helped him build his fortune.

Mr Tudnat said he came across the insect business in 2013 "by luck".

One of his workers bought fried insects from a street vendor and he tried them, which ultimately inspired the idea to package and sell them.

"A number of people in the world eat insects, and I want to give Thai consumers a new and more hygienic way to have them," he said.
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Swiss shoppers bugging out over insect food

Swiss shoppers bugging out over insect food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
GENEVA

Most people's weekly trip to the supermarket is a routine affair, but for customers of a Swiss supermarket chain a new range of unusual treats are on offer -- insect-based food.

Swiss retailer Coop has started selling the country's first insect foodstuffs, including burgers and balls of mashed-up bugs.

These unconventional products are based on protein-rich mealworm and will go on sale in seven Coop branches, including in Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich.

Swiss food safety legislation was changed in May to permit the sale of food items containing three types of bugs: mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers, previously used to feed animals.

With this move, Switzerland became the first European country to allow the sale of insect-based food products for human consumption.
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Eating bugs is good for the environment, the economy – and even your waistline

Eating bugs is good for the environment, the economy – and even your waistline | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
La Newyorkina, a Mexican eatery in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, is dishing a $12 vanilla-chili ice cream sundae topped with mezcal-laced caramel, candied orange – and chili-coated crickets.

Chef/founder Fany Gerson told Moneyish that noshing crickets is par for the course in her home country, particularly the southern region of Oaxaca, where she buys her stock. The critters add “a bit of spice, crunch, and have a bit of an herbal yet slightly nutty flavor,” which compliments her rich, creamy dessert. Gerson has also whipped up paletas (ice pops) seasoned with worm salt for “a delicious smoky, earthy flavor.”
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Bugfest gets families up close with insects

Bugfest gets families up close with insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Gwennie Krodel made a face at the salt and vinegar cricket in her hand just before she popped the bug into her mouth.

Her friend, Ruby Fusek, was a bit nervous about trying a bacon and cheese cricket at the Fox Valley Park District's eighth annual Bugfest.

"It tasted a little weird," Fusek said.

The 8-year-old Batavia girls ended up eating a few crickets and mealworms. The barbeque cricket was "gross," Fusek said, but the mealworms went down easier.
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Jimini’s look to take insect proteins beyond the niche

Jimini’s look to take insect proteins beyond the niche | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
18 Aug 2017 --- French insect firm Jimini’s first launched insect energy bars in 2016 and now the company has redeveloped their insect offerings with the re-releasing of two new protein bars and two new energy bars. According to Mercedesz Bondi, Country Manager at Jimini’s UK now is a good time to re-release the insect bars. “The insect protein sector definitely hasn’t slowed down; just this week Switzerland’s second biggest supermarket chain has announced that they will begin selling insect burgers for human consumption. They have revised their food safety laws to allow this to happen,” she tells FoodIngredientsFirst. 

“The difficulty currently with all insect products is that under EU law they are still not currently classified as a food for human consumption,” she explains. “Currently they are in a category of 'novel food' which means they are separate to animal products. So although some countries within the EU are tolerating the sale of edible insects, it is not legally seen as a food product under EU regulations.”
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Everyman Theatre brings back 'Taste of Everyman' series

Everyman Theatre brings back 'Taste of Everyman' series | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Everyman Theatre’s pairing series will return for its 2017-2018 season.

The theater’s “Taste of Everyman” series, which launched in 2015, pairs food and drinks with the theme of its shows.

The first pairing of the season, Edible Insects, will offer patrons crispy bugs to go with Everyman’s “M. Butterfly” performance Sept. 14. Mom’s Organic Market will supply the edible insects, and Clavel will whip up bug-laced cocktails.
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5 reasons why edible insects deserve to be well packaged - Parkside Flex

5 reasons why edible insects deserve to be well packaged - Parkside Flex | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects, whether they’re in the form of grasshopper tacos, cricket powder cookies or cricket pasta, are not something the average consumer is likely to welcome with open arms. However, with the global population on course to reach almost ten billion by 2050 and existing farming practices unable to sustain this level of growth long term, something has got to give. And entomophagy – or the eating of insects to you and me – could well be the answer to the problem.

While a bowl of crickets or mealworms may not be everyone’s preferred dish, the edible insect trend is picking up momentum. The UK has even seen ‘Grub Kitchen’ open, the first dedicated iinsect restaurant. In this blog, we explore the benefits of the food craze that puts the ‘new’ back into nouvelle cuisine. And how the viable, sustainable food source can be better presented through packaging to help support its cause.

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Insect burgers go on sale in Swiss supermarkets

Insect burgers go on sale in Swiss supermarkets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Swiss shoppers will soon be able to buy burgers made from insects after the country changed its food safety laws. 

The laws were changed in May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle.

The burgers, made by Swiss startup Essento, are made from mealworms and also contain rice and vegetables such as turnip, celery and leeks, as well as oregano and chilli, while the company's 'insect balls' combine the mealworms with chickpeas, onions, garlic and spices. 
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Bug ‘burgers’ are hitting supermarket shelves

Bug ‘burgers’ are hitting supermarket shelves | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A supermarket chain in Switzerland will start selling edible bugs in the form of burgers.

Coop, the country’s second-largest chain, will begin selling insect patties and mealworm balls in seven of their stores beginning Aug. 21.

Created by Swiss startup Essento, the burgers are made with mealworms, rice and vegetables, and flavored with oregano and chili. The insect balls are made with mealworms, chickpeas, onions and garlic.

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In May, Switzerland revised its food safety laws to allow for the sale of insect products containing crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms — the first European country to do so.

Insects “have a high culinary potential, their production saves resources and their nutritional profile is high-quality,” Christian Bärtsch, the co-founder of Essento, said in a statement.

Mealworms, which are actually beetle larvae, apparently have a nutty flavor when roasted. They have to be bred under extremely strict conditions over the course of four generations before they’re ready for humans to eat.
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Swiss start-up’s insect-derived food intent on overcoming consumer bugbear

Swiss start-up’s insect-derived food intent on overcoming consumer bugbear | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Swiss start-up Essento will make its range of insect burgers and meatballs available in supermarkets after a recent shake-up of the country’s food safety laws.
Essento’s insect burgers blend flourworms, or Tenobrio molitor, with rice and vegetables such as carrots, celery and leeks. Oregano and chili are used to enhance flavour, the company said.

The start-up's insect meatballs combine flourworms, chickpeas, onions and garlic, together with herbs like coriander and parsley.

The products are due to go on sale from 21 August at seven Coop supermarkets in Geneva, Bern and Zurich.

“For now, we interested to see how people are going to react to the products,” said Christian Bärtsch, co-founder of Essento.

“They have a high culinary potential, their production spares resources and their nutritional profile is of high quality. Thus, insects are the perfect complement to a modern... diet."
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Nourrir la planète, des insectes dans nos assiettes

Nourrir la planète, des insectes dans nos assiettes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
La série de photographies culinaires "Nourrir la planète", a été réalisée pour FIPC 2015 sur le thème de l'exposition Universelle et elle est actuellement exposée au sein du Pavillon France à Milan 2015 .
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Food made from insects to be sold in Swiss supermarket

Food made from insects to be sold in Swiss supermarket | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Switzerland is the first European country to authorize the sale of insect-based food items for human consumption, a spokeswoman for the country’s food safety authority told AFP.

Swiss food safety laws were changed last May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle.

These insects, long used in animal feed, must be bred under strict supervision for four generations before they are considered appropriate for human consumption, according to Swiss law.

Local production will thus take a few months to get started.

In the meantime, imports are possible under strict conditions – the insects must be raised in accordance with the Swiss requirements at a company submitted to inspections by national food safety authorities. 
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Swiss Grocery Store Chain Will Sell Bug Burgers and Insect Meatballs

Swiss Grocery Store Chain Will Sell Bug Burgers and Insect Meatballs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Switzerland is famous for doing things differently, whether it’s their continued use of their own currency, the Swiss franc, or acting as a safe haven for all sorts of different banking operations. However, Switzerland is now joining the ranks of other European countries like the Netherlands by offering bug burger patties in its grocery stores.

Swiss supermarket chain Coop will introduce burger patties and meatballs made of beetle larvae later this month. According to a Bloomberg report, the burgers will also contain rice, carrots, and spices such as oregano and chili and a two pack will cost 8.95 francs ($9.24), which is about twice the price of Coop’s Naturplan Bio organic beef burgers and almost five times as much as the least expensive burgers in its online store. The mealworm meatballs will sell at the same price for a pack of 10.

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7 things to do in Canberra this weekend

7 things to do in Canberra this weekend | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

2. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 

Step into the unknown for the museum's after dark event, Night At The Museum. This time the theme is 'uncharted', exploring the world of the alien and exotic. There will be virtual reality, edible insects, laser tag, karaoke, survival skills, music and dancing. The event is licensed, with drinks and food for sale. Tickets $15 from nma.gov.au/whats-on/events/night-museum. 18+.

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