Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food
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Les entomophages | ARTE Creative

Les entomophages | ARTE Creative | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Ces dernières années, s’il y a bien un secteur qui a su écouter les faiseurs de tendance, c’est l’alimentation.

Via Jacques Mignon
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Jacques Mignon's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:29 AM

"Le dégoût des Occidentaux pour les insectes n’est donc pas profondément ancré dans le cerveau, mais seulement une convention culturelle. Et ce ne sont pas les épreuves de courage dans les émissions de télé qui vont faire disparaître ces a priori."

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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Popular Swiss insect burgers fly off the shelves |

Popular Swiss insect burgers fly off the shelves | | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Geneva — A Swiss supermarket chain has started selling burgers and balls made from insects, a move being billed as a legal first in Europe.

Seven of Coop's nearly 2 500 stores in Switzerland are serving up the critter concoctions from Zurich-based food startup Essento. A broader launch is planned by year's end.

The bug burgers are made of rice, chopped vegetables, spices and mealworm larvae.
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Expansion strategies in flavors, Insect-based and vegan solutions trend

Expansion strategies in flavors, Insect-based and vegan solutions trend | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insect protein is an interesting field of development for innovative start-ups. This week Bugfoundation announced the launch of a locally produced insect burger in the Netherlands and Belgium called the Bux Burger. The next generation of innovators will be enthused by news from Unilever Foundry, which offers a platform for start-ups and innovators to engage, collaborate and explore business opportunities with Unilever and its 400+ brands, as well as the launch of a Nestlé youth initiative to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. 
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Innovative initiative to extract export ideas

Innovative initiative to extract export ideas | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

TEAM UNPREDICTABLE:

Our team was diverse, consisting of students from the Physics department, and together we decided to propose the notion of edible insects. We figured that farming such insects in Bangladesh would be very convenient given our climate and habitat. 

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Insects and bugs approved for use as food products in Finland

Insects and bugs approved for use as food products in Finland | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Foodies with a penchant for exotic foods in Finland may have something to smile about. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry announced on Wednesday that the cultivation and sale of insects as food is now permitted.
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The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Support local (edible insect) farming by enjoying a prix fixe Bug Banquet at El Five Restaurant on the evening of November 7, 2017. Featuring David George Gordon (a.k.a. The Bug Chef), author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and ingredients from Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, Colorado's first and only edible insect farm.
Not only will you enjoy delicious insect cusine crafted by The Bug Chef and El Five, this will also raise funds to benefit Farms for Orphans and their insect farm on orphanages in the DRC!
This evening will feature bug-based cuisine from five continents, and includes two delicious paired beverages.
Seating is limited to 75 lucky diners, so get your tickets now! For an additional $10, you can include a signed copy of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook (a $17 value).

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8 days Until FoodBytes! Austin, Open Mic, Live Stream + More | Food+Tech Connect

8 days Until FoodBytes! Austin, Open Mic, Live Stream + More | Food+Tech Connect | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

It’s your last chance to discover the game-changing ideas catalyzing a better food future at FoodBytes! Austin on Tuesday, September 26.

From kelp jerky, to insect farming tech, to coffee by-product upcycling, watch 20 global startups take the stage, plus mix and mingle with leading food and agriculture investors, executives, startups and media.

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Unlocking the biological potential of proteins from edible insects through enzymatic hydrolysis: A review - ScienceDirect

Unlocking the biological potential of proteins from edible insects through enzymatic hydrolysis: A review - ScienceDirect | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Highlights

Bioactive peptides (BAPs) derived from edible insect proteins were reviewed.

Bombyx mori is the most studied insect for the generation of BAPs.

Potent edible insect protein-derived BAPs were identified in vitro and in vivo.

The safety of insect protein hydrolysates has been demonstrated in small animals.

Edible insect proteins appear as a sustainable source of BAPs for human nutrition.
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Food and drink champions announced

Food and drink champions announced | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Cornish Edible Insects received the South West Food & Drink Innovation Award, while other winners from west of the Tamar included Cornish Duck Co (Champion Burgers, Faggots & Meatballs), the Isles of Scilly’s Tanglewood Kitchen Company (Champion Fish), Cornish Country Cordials (Champion Non-Alcoholic Cold Drink), St Ives Farmers’ Market (Best South West Farmers Market), and Talland Bay Hotel (Best South West Restaurant).

Taste of the West chief executive, John Shreaves, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response from the south west’s food and drink industry to our awards programme this year.

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Bug Grub: Restaurant Serves Up Roasted Crickets, Grasshoppers And Worms On Menu

Bug Grub: Restaurant Serves Up Roasted Crickets, Grasshoppers And Worms On Menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Radia and co-founder Neil Whippey, along with Chef Seb Holmes, serve up a five-course meal that fuses Thai street food and the insects.

“It starts with a snack, Pandan Crickets, which is like nutty, salt and pepper crickets basically," the chef told Barcroft. "Then we go for a cricket flour Miang [Kham, a Thai snack] with fresh ginger, peanuts, coconut, served in a betel leaf. Then we have a play on tempura shrimp, with tempura grasshoppers. After that we go for a crispy vermicelli salad with buffalo worms. Served alongside that we have a som tam salad, which is a green papaya salad made fresh in a pestle and mortar; we just use crispy roast crickets rather than shrimps like you would traditionally. Then to finish off we do a grasshopper praline ice cream.”
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Quantitative Analysis of Mineral Content of Six Edible terrestrial Insects Commonly Consumed by ethnic people in Baksa District, Assam, India

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Food for thought: would you eat insect pasta for food sustainability?

Food for thought: would you eat insect pasta for food sustainability? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Massimo Reverberi, chairman of the Asean Food and Feed Insects Association, came up with the idea for cricket pasta when he founded Bugsolutely in Bangkok. In February 2017 he joined the first cohort of start-ups run by Bits x Bites, China’s first food tech accelerator and venture capital platform. He wanted to cater to the Chinese market and honed in on silkworms, which have a long history in China because of the silk industry.

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How pasties and cream have been replaced by crickets and mealworms

How pasties and cream have been replaced by crickets and mealworms | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Cornish mealworms were the surprise winners at this year's the Taste of the West Awards as Edible Insects scooped the prize for Best Food and Drink Innovation.

St Ives Farmers Market won the Best Farmers Market in the South West, while the Talland Bay Hotel at Porthallow was named the Best Restaurant in the region.


For centuries, Devon and Cornwall have been known for clotted cream, pasties and cider - but now the enormous range of goods being developed and created is enough to gag even an outspoken celebrity chef like Marco Pierre White.
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Edible insects in Kongo Central, Africa - YouTube

How diverse are the habits of eating insects in the world? Let's have a look at Kongo central, Africa.
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The future of edible insects depends on kids

The future of edible insects depends on kids | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Once convinced that eating insects is healthy, tasty, and cool, kids will be the most effective ambassadors for the industry.

Arachnophobes, be warned! A new video made by Project Explorer features people chowing down on deep-fried tarantulas in Cambodia, one crispy leg at a time. There are some crickets, mealworms, and cockroaches thrown in there as well, but somehow, they pale in comparison to the tarantulas. The video, which was screened at the Brooklyn Bug Festival this past summer and will be shown in classrooms around the United States, is part of a push to get kids interested in eating insects.

Why? Because marketers know that if kids can be convinced eating insects is a good idea, it bodes well for the entire edible insect industry. The younger generation will grow up into bug-eating adults, while influencing peers and family members to do the same.
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Finland 'Picks Up a Bug', Accepts Insects as Food Products

Finland 'Picks Up a Bug', Accepts Insects as Food Products | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Previously seen mostly as pests, insects are on their way to Scandinavian plates, as the Finnish Agriculture Ministry has given the green light to the cultivation and sale of bugs as food. This is seen as an economically viable and healthy diet option that is also likely to alleviate the industrial impact.
Despite a growing interest in using creepy-crawlies as sustainable and protein-rich food products among consumers and companies alike, insects as food have been banned in Finland until now.

Edible insects have been sold in Finland before, but were marketed otherwise, such as, for instance, "kitchen decorations." On Wednesday, however, Finland's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry formalized the use of insects as food, which opens the door for cultivation and sale according to standard food safety laws — to the joy of health aficionados, environmental activists and nutrition companies.
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Bug Curious? A Family Friendly Bug Eating Expo!

Bug Curious? A Family Friendly Bug Eating Expo! | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
At this event you will be able to:
Meet Australia’s passionate bug eaters, farmers and enthusiasts;
Understand how insects are farmed commercially;
Learn about the financial, environmental and health benefits of insects as feed and food;
Sample a range of insects and insect based products;
Kid friendly activities - bug crafts, live insects;
Learn about matching insects with wine (over 18 yrs age only). Organic Wines by Angove Wines.
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Cowboy Cricket Kitchen: Edible Insect Kitchen In Montana

Risks and challenges

We absolutely have risks and challenges associated with this project.  It’s possible that our license gets denied (though we already hold a wholesale food permit so that is unlikely), or we might not be able to book enough clients to keep the kitchen running (we already have 3 clients on the waiting list!), or that a zombie dinosaur could come out of the mountains and eat everyone creating a zombie apocalypse that then the world as we know it!  This is Montana, we’re known for dinosaurs, so I won’t completely discount that possibility.

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Tropics Day at Bonn university - Edible Insects: A trending solution

Tropics Day at Bonn university - Edible Insects: A trending solution | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The workshop on “Edible Insects: A trending solution to food security in the tropics” is taking place on Wednesday September 20th, from 9am until 12.30pm, under the umbrella of Tropentag at Bonn University.  Organized by Marwa Abdel Hamid Shumo, of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the workshop will explain why edible insects are an alternative protein source for human food and animal feed, and why they are interesting in terms of low greenhouse gas emissions, high feed conversion efficiency, low land use, and their ability to transform low value organic side streams into high value protein products.

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Insect collection chocolate truffles - Delysia Chocolatier

Insect collection chocolate truffles - Delysia Chocolatier | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Protein packed, chocolate of the future

The tastiest entomological treat has been created in the Delysia Chocolatier Culinary Center. Our Insect collection chocolate truffles take fine artisan chocolate in a completely new direction that’s healthy, sustainable, and full of interesting ingredients.

Each truffle in this collection features one of the world’s most commonly consumed insects. The Grasshopper truffle infuses Mexican-inspired flavors with a hint of spice for a chocolate twist on traditional chapulin recipes. Things cool down with the meaty Mealworm truffle. Regularly used in Thai cuisine, Chef Nicole has paired protein-filled mealworms with the rich flavors of coconut milk and Chinese five spice. The Cricket truffle has been sweetened with a hint of molasses that helps to balance the peanut-like taste of the roasted crickets.
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Edible insects: food of the future? 

Edible insects: food of the future?  | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

PEOPLE DON’T DIE BY EATING INSECTS. Eating insects is very common in Asia, some countries in Africa and South America. In most of these countries, they are considered a delicacy and only rich people can afford buying then. Back in the days, people used to eat insects also in Europe because they couldn’t afford meat. Then, we abandoned this habit because the population started getting richer and richer.
In countries like China or Indonesia, where the insect market is profitable, INSECTS ARE FARMED IN PROTECTED AND CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT, and the risk of contamination is poor. Insects are kept in special boxes, where temperature, humidity and amount of food are constantly monitored. Also, the genome of insects is quite different from the human genome and, although there is no scientific prove, it is highly unlikely that a disease can be transmitted from bugs to humans
IF YOU WANT TO TRY, DON’T EAT WILD INSECTS!! If, after reading my post, it happens to be curios and you want to try, don’t pick the first one you find in your backyard and eat it.
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Kids Were More Willing Than Adults To Eat Bugs At Brooklyn Bug Festival | HungryForever Food Blog

Kids Were More Willing Than Adults To Eat Bugs At Brooklyn Bug Festival | HungryForever Food Blog | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Brooklyn Bugs has organised a bug festival recently and many elementary children showed interest and actually enjoyed eating bugs. As reported by NPR, a student Holly ate a cricket and smiled saying, “It’s good!”

David George Gordon , author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, told NPR, “adults are skeptical [about eating bugs], kids are so receptive to trying them. Events like this are a great way to engage their parents.” Bugs are a great source protein and are consumed by 80% of the world’s population.

“We can build a sustainable, unique and expansive gastronomy,” said One Hop Kitchen’s co-founder, Lee Cadesky, as she talked to a festival group of businessmen and farmers who work with edible insects. There is a study which was published in 2013 in a Spain college that shows the children have a deeper concern for the environmental rules than those at school.
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Major international food symposium in New Zealand | Voxy.co.nz

Major international food symposium in New Zealand | Voxy.co.nz | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

One of those speakers is Professor Perla Relkin of France’s AgroParisTech, who will present about her work on novel approaches to replace animal-derived proteins, namely the challenges for promoting edible insects as sustainable and novel source of proteins in human food.

"We need to meet the growing demand for food proteins by limiting the use of natural resources, seeking new sources of proteins is of great scientific and technological importance. After a review on the structure and techno-functionality properties of animal and plant-derived proteins and their substitutes (hydrocolloids; hydrogels) in food, the talk will present challenges for promoting edible insects as sustainable and novel source of proteins in human food".

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At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future

At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Joseph Yoon, founder of Dinner Echo and developer of the festival, not only wants Americans to get accustomed to eating edible insects, but he wants children to get in on the action. This is why, in addition to organizing a number of panels, speakers and insect-laden gourmet meals for adults, he asked Robert Nathan Allen, president of Little Herds (a nonprofit that is educating the public about "feeding the future with edible insects"), to assist with developing an all-day children's program at t.d.b. Brooklyn, a neighborhood lounge and outdoor beer garden.
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Domestication of edible caterpillars - A pioneer project in Africa - YouTube

This is unique, important and bottom up: An edible insects projects from the heart of an entomophague African society to bring back a lost species of a delicacy of an edible caterpillar in Kongo Central. This could be an important model for other African societies.
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Enjoy a five-course restaurant feast — of insects

Enjoy a five-course restaurant feast — of insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
AT MOST restaurants you’d probably complain if you found an insect in your dinner — but at Eat Grub’s popup restaurants, that’s exactly the point.

Selling roasted crickets with garden herbs, edible grasshoppers, insect protein powders and energy bars, Eat Grub also puts on pop-up dining experiences to promote using insects as a sustainable and delicious food source.

One of the founders Shami Radia said: ‘We think that actually they can be easily incorporated into people’s daily lives, instead of having nuts or crisps while watching the football you can have some roasted crickets.’
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