In 'America's Shrinking Farms,' Charlet Duboc travels across the US to see how innovators are working towards a healthier, more secure global food supply. If we don't change the way we eat and farm, we're looking at the potential devastation of our planet. In search of alternatives, we traveled across the US to meet with the innovative pioneers working to change that shit for the better. Find out what we might be eating in 20 years--and the unlikely places our food
Imagine sitting down to eat in a restaurant and being served a plate of locusts... Whilst this may sound like the stuff of nightmares to some, insects are being touted as an up and coming, healthy option and beginning to feature on menus across the country.
But the practice of eating bugs, otherwise known as entomophagy, has been around for a long time.
In fact, insects have been considered a nutritious delicacy in certain parts of the world including China, Vietnam, Mexico, Columbia, New Guinea and several parts of Africa for thousands of years.
Perhaps westerners are just habitually squeamish when it comes to trying new things? After all, the benefits of eating bugs are highly convincing. Firstly, insects are full of protein and contain a fraction of the fat found in a standard cut of meat.
Since the 4th century B.C.—and perhaps even earlier—people have relied on insects as a dietary protein source. With no Piggly Wiggly down the street, early Greeks and Romans turned to cicadas, locusts and grasshoppers for dinner. Today, many Asian, African, and Central and South American cultures still feature insects on their menus. More Western culinarians are even turning their attention to edible insects, as well, as both a foodie trend and a more sustainable protein source for a growing world population.
I recently came across cricket flour, touted as a high protein flour, and I was wondering if you are familiar with this and if you could share your insight into this product. Also, are crickets kosher and would you suggest purchasing organic cricket flour?
Did you know the consumption of insects as food is known as entomophagy?
Now, a bit of cricket history: Crickets have long been the symbol of good luck in many cultures, including the Chinese culture.
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By: WAHENGBAM RORRKYCHANDSince immemorial the people of Manipur considered some of the insects as consumable. For these people of Manipur edible aquatic insects is considered as the cheapest sources of animal protein. However, due to the degrading biodiversity of Loktak lake which produce around 60 percent of these insects, some of the species are already extinct and some are at the verge of extinction. The most productive ecosystem, Loktak lake is home to more than 230 species of macrophytes, 425 species of animal ansd thousand of avifaunal species.
Shailene Woodley believes in bugs. Or rather, she believes that we should be eating them. The 23-year-old star of “Divergent” recently confessed to Nylon:
“The strangest thing I’ve ever eaten … I’ve eaten ants and that was great, uh, and june bugs that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we’ll see what happens.” Woodley makes a bold claim since I always thought the food of the future would be Gogurt or maybe protein-packed Pop-Tarts. Never would I have predicted a backward return to bugs.
Industry leaders say they can’t ramp up their cricket powder sales because of vague regulations. A Florida native, Dr. Aaron T. Dossey is one of the main suppliers fueling a burgeoning insect boom. That powder, his latest product, was made for Exo, an insect protein bar company. His company, All Things Bugs, has also supplied cricket protein bar company Chapul, as well as Six Foods’s cricket chips.
Don’t say “eww” just yet. Keep your eyes—and mind—open as Jonas Pedersen and Josh Evans of Nordic Food Lab dabble in what many would see as the dregs of the food chain but some view as the future of sustainable dining.
From bugs to guts, nothing here is too taboo for the table. It’s just a matter of preparation, balancing flavors and textures, and pursuing creative visions of what’s possible.
As a cheap and easy source of protein for humans, it might be hard to beat the mighty mealworm. Graduate students Rachel Bergmans and Valerie Stull are researching the use of mealworms as an inexpensive microlivestock.
Author of iDisrupted predicts that super scaleable, high protein insects could be a major contributor to the world food supply.
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According to the United Nations, livestock uses around 30% of the world’s ice-free land mass and produces 14.5% of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Making meat also requires supplying animals with vast amounts of water and food. For example, in the United States producing 1kg of live animal weight typically requires 10kg of feed for beef, 5kg for pork and 2.5kg for poultry. Insects on the otherhand are much easier to raise; they produce less waste and the world has a huge supply.
At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science. Guest of honor Neil deGrasse Tyson, in a formal vest with gold celestial shapes, picked up a Cambodian cricket rumaki canape, looking at it skeptically before taking a bite.
Ce mercredi à 17 heures à l'Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse se tiendra une conférence sur l'entomophagie, autrement dit la pratique qui consiste à manger des insectes. Une dégustation sera proposée à la fin de l'intervention. «Ce n'est pas ...
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