Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food
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And like everything else we hold dear, we’ll screw this up mightily | Singlebarbed

And like everything else we hold dear, we’ll screw this up mightily | Singlebarbed | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Science suggests that with most arable land under cultivation and with the world’s oceans under duress, the only unexploited source of food remaining is INSECTS

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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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#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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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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Beef Jerky Experience opens at Corbin Park in Overland Park, KS | REBusinessOnline

Beef Jerky Experience opens at Corbin Park in Overland Park, KS | REBusinessOnline | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Experience sells jerky from a variety of animals as well as hot sauces and edible insects. David M. Block and Max Kosoglad of Block & Co. Inc. Realtors negotiated the lease transaction. Block & Co. handles all leasing, management and construction management for the pad
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Insect burgers make Swiss debut on regulatory revision

Insect burgers make Swiss debut on regulatory revision | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
15 Aug 2017 --- Switzerland’s second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, will begin selling insect burgers, as of next week, for human consumption. Food safety laws have recently been revised in Switzerland and insect-based balls and burgers made from mealworm will be available across the country.

As reported by FoodIngredientsFirst almost three years ago, Dutch retailer Jumbo became the first supermarket chain in the Netherlands to offer edible insects across its stores. You can read the full story here. 
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"The new products, made by a Swiss startup called Essento, will be available in a handful of Coop branches, including in Geneva, Bern and Zurich, from August 21, 2017, according to a company statement.

Besides mealworms, the burgers contain rice, carrots, and a spice mixture. A two-pack will retail at about US$9 and the balls come in a ten-pack for the same price."

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Win tickets to Night at the Museum: Uncharted

Win tickets to Night at the Museum: Uncharted | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The National Museum of Australia's night at the museum is back on this week, focussing on the world of the alien and unknown.

The museum will open after dark for an over 18s evening of virtual reality, edible insects, laser tag, karaoke, music and dancing.
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Global Edible Insects Market Research Report 2017-2022 – Last News 24

Global Edible Insects Market Research Report 2017-2022 – Last News 24 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Global Edible Insects Market Report 2017 is a professional and deep research report in this field. For overview analysis, the report introduces Edible Insects basic information including definition, classification, application, industry chain structure, industry overview, policy analysis, and news analysis, etc.

For technical data and manufacturing plants analysis, the report analyzes Edible Insects leading suppliers on capacity, commercial production date, manufacturing plants distribution, R&D status, technology sources, and raw materials sources.
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For Dinner: 10 Courses of Edible Insects, From Chef Logan Ely

For Dinner: 10 Courses of Edible Insects, From Chef Logan Ely | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you’re grossed out at the prospect of chowing down on an insect. Did you know that two billion people on the planet eat insects on a regular basis? Each of the 1,900 edible insect species has a different flavor and all of them are packed with fiber, protein, good fats and minerals.



And they are actually quite tasty. Cooking with insects is really more akin to cooking with spices — they add flavor and blend in with the main dish.

That was on display Tuesday night at a benefit dinner for the St. Louis Metro Market, An Evening of Edible Insects.
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The impact of cricket farming on rural livelihoods, nutrition and the environment in Thailand and Kenya (PDF Download Available)

The impact of cricket farming on rural livelihoods, nutrition and the environment in Thailand and Kenya (PDF Download Available) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Paper (PDF): The impact of cricket farming on rural livelihoods, nutrition and the environment in Thailand and Kenya
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Coop’s bug burgers delayed due to lack of available insects

Coop’s bug burgers delayed due to lack of available insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Swiss supermarket Coop has had to postpone the launch of its new insect-based food products due to a lack of approved bugs.
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Monday’s best TV: Man in an Orange Shirt; The Bug Grub Couple

Monday’s best TV: Man in an Orange Shirt; The Bug Grub Couple | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Bug Grub Couple
7.30pm, BBC1
When industrialised levels of farming become unsustainable, we’re going to have to look for new sources of protein to fill the fleshy chasm. Enter entomologist Sarah Beynon and chef Andy Holcroft, the titular couple, who want to bring insect-based food into the mainstream. Pitching their ideas to potential buyers, they visit the Netherlands where insect farmers are revving up the supply chain required for a large-scale rollout. Ben Arnold
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XI EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF ENTOMOLOGY #ECE2018 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

XI EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF ENTOMOLOGY #ECE2018 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Deadline: 28th February 2018
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Aspire Food Group unveils world’s first automated cricket farm

Aspire Food Group unveils world’s first automated cricket farm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
When it comes to edible insects, there is still something of a disconnect between the rhetoric (insects can help us feed the world) and the reality, in the US., at least (they’re still niche and expensive). But that’s about to change, predicts the company behind what it claims is the world’s first automated cricket farm.
When Aspire Food Group first started raising crickets in 2013/14 its globe-trotting co-founders had already traveled the world in a bid to identify best practices. Despite the ubiquity of bug consumption in some parts of the world, however, the tools and techniques to raise and process insects as food on an industrial scale were still evolving, and there were no agreed standards about how to do it in the most efficient manner, co-founder Mohammed Ashour told FoodNavigator-USA.

So for its new, automated facility now up and running in Austin, Texas, Ashour et al went back to basics: “We basically mapped out the entire journey of a cricket from hatch to batch and looked at every opportunity to collect data and apply automation.

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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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Would you eat a burger made from insects?

Would you eat a burger made from insects? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Switzerland's first insect-based food aimed at humans will go on sale next week after a revision of the country's food safety laws, a supermarket chain has revealed.

Switzerland's second-largest supermarket chain, Coop, announced it would begin selling an insect burger and insect balls, based on protein-rich mealworm.

According to the Daily Mail, the products, made by a Swiss startup called Essento, will be available in a handful of Coop branches, including in Geneva, Bern and Zurich, as of August 21.

Switzerland is the first European country to authorise the sale of insect-based food for human consumption, a spokeswoman for the country's food safety authority told AFP.
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Insects: An Edible Field Guide Review and Giveaway - Julie's Family Kitchen

Insects: An Edible Field Guide Review and Giveaway - Julie's Family Kitchen | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
To be in with a chance of winning one of two copies of Insects: An Edible Field Guide by Stefan Gates (RRP £9.99) you will need to complete the Rafflecopter entry form. Please provide an answer to the giveaway question as a blog comment. Leaving a blog comment is mandatory, therefore please follow this requirement to ensure your entry is valid. Once you have done that, there are further chances to win.
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From the Extension: Incects becoming a popular food choice in US

From the Extension: Incects becoming a popular food choice in US | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
“Nobody likes me, everybody hates me. I think I’ll go and eat worms.” One of our Lake County master gardener volunteers and I began singing this song last week as we were discussing an up-and-coming class. I was surprised to know that this goofy little song survived for at least two generations. People have been eating insects for nourishment for millennia around the world. Entomophagy, the act of eating insects, is gaining in popularity in America.

Stateside insectaries are raising insects as a food source for people and universities are conducting studies on incorporating insects into animal feed. According to the University of California-Riverside, “Insects as food are an excellent source of proteins, vitamins, fats and essential minerals.” Manufacturers’ websites boast that cricket flour contains double the amount of protein in beef and chicken.
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Aiming for an active crowd, Exo's rebrand highlights use of crickets in protein bars

Aiming for an active crowd, Exo's rebrand highlights use of crickets in protein bars | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Dive Brief:

Protein bar maker Exo's rebrand specifically highlights the use of cricket protein in their bars, according to FoodNavigator-USA. The packaging features a sketch of a cricket alongside images of the bars’ other ingredients, including a banana, blueberries and almonds. 

The company’s new packaging targets their demographic of extreme athletes and Crossfit enthusiasts by featuring sponsored athletes and images of active lifestyles such as rock climbing and running.

Mottos on the packaging express the company’s mission of being “proudly strange and embracing weirdness and not running from it," Exo co-founder Greg Sewitz told FoodNavigator-USA. "We are owning the fact that what we are doing is odd and not for everyone.”
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EATING NIAGARA: Jiminy Cricket, bugs for dinner?

EATING NIAGARA: Jiminy Cricket, bugs for dinner? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
When the salad I made for lunch today needed something more, I dumped the last of my daughter’s goldfish crackers on top of it.

When Laura-Lee Guitard’s leafy greens are lacking, she doesn’t follow my lead. She doesn’t even reach for the common crouton. Instead, Guitard opts for roasted crickets to give her spring mix more crunch.

They might be honey garlic-flavoured, maybe sour cream and chive. But always unmistakably those critters known more for singing us to sleep at night than souping up our salads.

“It’s just an earthy, nutty flavour,” Guitard says. “It’s a mild flavour and not overwhelming.”

How they taste might be subdued, but for many the thought of deliberately eating winged or crawly things is downright intimidating. Gross, even.

Guitard knows this. Not only does she include crickets and mealworms in her diet, she also sells them with the hope others might decide to wing it at dinner and try some in a stir-fry.

Guitard is the proprietor of The Bug Buggy, her six-month-old business venture at St. Catharines Farmers Market that she hopes will make eating bugs more mainstream in Niagara.

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Bugs on Film: Insect Tasting Workshop

Bugs on Film: Insect Tasting Workshop | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Could eating bugs save the future of our planet? That’s what Andreas Johnsen’s (fly on the wall?!) documentary Bugs (screening Sat 12 – Sun 13 Aug) is asking.

We invite you to join Fred McVittie from Cornish Edible Insects for a free insect tasting workshop in our Café/Bar – you never know you ‘mite’ just be in for a tasty treat. In this informative workshop you’ll discover how mini beasts can be a major player in the fields of sustainability, food security and environmental protection – and they can taste pretty good too!

At the workshop you will have an opportunity to look at and handle live insects that are currently being farmed for human consumption. You’ll learn about the role that edible insects can play in creating a sustainable food future, as well as how they are already consumed all across the world.
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Can Insects Solve Food Insecurity?

Can Insects Solve Food Insecurity? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Charlotte Payne studies the environmental, health, and socio-economic impacts of using insects as food with the Department of Zoology at Cambridge and the Department of Population Health at Oxford. Working in collaboration with others at Rothamstead Research Institute and the University of Ouagadougou, Payne is developing methods to combat food insecurity in Burkina Faso through breeding a popular edible caterpillar species. Her project, Achieving Food Sovereignty with Edible Insects, made the BCFN YES! Competition finals in 2016.

Food Tank had the opportunity to talk to Charlotte Payne about her passion for food and agriculture research and the role of edible insects in tackling food insecurity and environmental degradation.

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Crickets, anyone? Up-and-coming alternative proteins to add to your menu

Crickets, anyone? Up-and-coming alternative proteins to add to your menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A look at the new alternative proteins you can expect to see more often on restaurant menus
By Kavita Sabharwal

What protein means to consumers has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Restaurants have gone from offering only the basics (chicken, steak or pork chops) and maybe if they were lucky, one or two seafood options, to guests. Restaurant-goers started expressing an interest in other protein options on the seafood side, such as scallops and calamari, which soon became mainstays on restaurant menus.

Now, things look much different. Vegan is the fastest-growing health claim in restaurants, increasing by 71 per cent over the last two years alone. Many people are looking for vegan options, and some of those people may not even be vegan, but flexitarian, a sub-group of vegetarians that eat a plant-heavy diet but are allowed to “cheat”.

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It's a bug's life in new BBC documentary

It's a bug's life in new BBC documentary | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
ST David’s most unusual attraction will hit the small screen next week as BBC Wales’ latest real life documentary airs.

The Bug Grub Couple features the innovative pair behind The Bug Farm, scientist Dr Sarah Beynon and award-winning chef Andy Holcroft.

Sarah and Andy have spent the last four years building foundations for their new venture and are bringing a brand new industry to Wales in the form of bug food.

Sarah, an Oxford University scientist and farmer founded the award-winning Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm on her original family farm in 2013.
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Exo rebrands to play up the power of cricket in its snack bars, better connect with active consumers

Exo rebrands to play up the power of cricket in its snack bars, better connect with active consumers | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
As an early mover in the edible insect space, Exo initially downplayed the presence of crickets in its snack bars to help drive trial, but as the idea of eating bugs becomes more familiar to Americans the brand is more heavily featuring crickets in its new branding, packaging and marketing.
“When we started back in 2014-2015, we were one of the very, very first early companies to sell food with cricket protein. At that time, nobody had really heard of the idea and it was an extreme novelty,” company co-founder Greg Sewitz told FoodNavigator-USA. As a result, he added, at first “we felt like the main purpose of the brand had to be to legitimize the idea of cricket protein as safe, healthy and a normal food source.”

To do that, the company opted for clean, simple packaging that verged on “conservative” in that it barely mentioned crickets and strictly avoided photos of the insects, Sewitz said. 
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