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A full plate of protein sources

A full plate of protein sources | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
News, Markets and Analysis for the Food Processing Industry
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"Protein may come from insects, too. Crickets and mosquito eggs are sources, Dr. Shelke said. She added a kilogram of grasshoppers has as much protein as 10 hot dogs. Escamoles, a dish featuring ant eggs, soon may become a popular delicacy at restaurants.

“They are limited by off taste, aroma and definitely by consumer ‘squeamish-ness,’” she said of insect protein sources."

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Insects as a protein alternative and solution to our world's food crisis.
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How Insects Can Help Preserve Our Resources & Increase Global Food Security - 4ento

How Insects Can Help Preserve Our Resources & Increase Global Food Security - 4ento | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insects can play a huge role in reducing resource use and waste in our current food production. Find out what this is so important to the future of planet.
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Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups? - SiliconHills

Is Austin the Next Hotbed for Food Startups? - SiliconHills | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
“There are a lot of people who are interested in food and technology and who want to do good things for the world,” Metcalfe said
Insects as an alternative protein source have received a lot of attention as startups launch to grow bugs for consumption. In fact, a few cricket-based products pitched as finalists at the last food challenge.
“The tough challenge is to convince people to overcome their cultural barriers,” Metcalfe said. “That’s a tough mountain to climb.”
And alternative food sources like Soylent, a meal replacement drink, have also garnered a lot of attention.
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Beaty Biodiversity Museum Folks Eat Insects for the First Time - YouTube

Published on Aug 26, 2015
Watch Beaty Biodiversity Museum staff, students, and volunteers eating insects for the very first time.
Join Beaty Biodiversity Museum members for a special Bugs and Beer night featuring edible insects from Next Millennium Farms and Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery.
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Is the US ready to stomach eating bugs?

Is the US ready to stomach eating bugs? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs are a greener alternative source of protein, but US consumers are still grossed out by eating crickets. Will companies be able to make insect farming viable?
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"Chapul, Exo and Jungle – three protein bars making their way to supermarket shelves – have one thing in common: crickets. All three include cricket flour, which is touted by their manufacturers as an environmentally friendly alternative to milk or soy protein.


Insects offer a complete protein and a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fat and fiber, and they require less space and water to grow than traditional livestock, such as cows and chickens. They also produce less ammonia and fewer greenhouse gases and can feed on a variety of organic matter, including food waste."

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Insects on supermarket shelves - HealthGauge.com

Insects on supermarket shelves - HealthGauge.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Are we ready to shop for edible insects?

Walk into your average supermarket or convenience store and you’re never more than a few paces away from the food-to-go section. An area of refrigerator cabinets, drinks and snacks from which we are entrusted with the responsibility of constructing something that might pass for a lunch. Here we are presented with familiar options like sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit or vegetable snack portions, crisps, popcorn, confectionary bars as well as the odd healthier or low calorie option.
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Solving todays food challenges

"From a narrow, short-term perspective the priorities for many are taste, price and convenience. In solving this problem the global food industry has been very successful indeed, working like a well oiled machine to deliver decent tasting, low-cost food to a local store or even your front door. However if look at our current global food strategy from a wider, long-term perspective then not only is it failing but it is in fact creating problems of its own. Our dependance on meat and animal protein is the ....."

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The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm

The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Consumers may not be ready to eat bugs, as many do in Southeast Asia, which is why some people are pushing ground-up crickets as the next big protein.
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"A few startup companies, like Exo and Chapul, buy cricket powder wholesale from Dossey, and then put it into nutrition bars. The company Six Foods uses it for their cricket chips, which they call “chirps.” Another company, San Francisco-based Bitty Foods, sells cricket flour for baking, and their cookies with cricket flour sell in all 50 states and in over 30 countries.

“We actually think it’s really important to use crickets in a ground format to introduce it to the Western market, simply because there is no visual barrier to overcome. You know, the use of whole insects, while we think it’s delicious, is not quite as palatable for people, which is why we roast them and then grind them. It’s very similar to making coffee,” said Leslie Ziegler, co-founder of Bitty Foods."

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EntoMarket – The first North American Edible Insect Marketplace – Press Release Rocket

EntoMarket – The first North American Edible Insect Marketplace – Press Release Rocket | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

AUBURN, MAINE –— Join the edible bug revolution

Edible insects are now available for purchase online at EntoMarket.com, the first North American entomophagy marketplace.

Ant candy, chocolate-covered scorpions and honey mustard crickets are just some of the fun and tasty treats to enjoy while feeling good about what you’re eating.

Crickets have about the same amount of protein as beef or chicken. They have more iron than spinach and more calcium than milk. They are packed with Omega 3 and B12 plus all the amino acids.

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Next EntoCall | EntoCall

Next EntoCall | EntoCall | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Next Millennium Farms our 3rd EntoCall will feature Dr. Arnold van Huis of Wageningen University.  Dr. Van Huis will be discussing:

Research needs to advance the sector of insects as food and feed

Van Huis researches and advocates entomophagy and coordinates the research program “Sustainable production of Insect Proteins for human consumption,” investigating the nutritive and environmental aspects of entomophagy.

Van Huis has published over 194 papers and in 2014, van Huis co-authored The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History).
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Miam, miam, des pâtes aux insectes | La Manche Libre

Miam, miam, des pâtes aux insectes | La Manche Libre | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
`Quatre élèves-ingénieurs caennais
en agroalimentaire ont élaboré des pâtes alimentaires à base d'insectes.
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This Climber Eats Bugs On the Wall

This Climber Eats Bugs On the Wall | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs-as-food proponent Meghan Curry is putting her money (and bugs) where her mouth is. This September she will attempt a two-week ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan eating nothing but insects.
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Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Showcase of 2015 VTKW Global Teams: Zurich University of Applied Sciences | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
University teams will be competing in the 2015 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 16-22, 2015. VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge Showcase of Teams Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation - Zurich, Switzerland Business concept and…
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Why crickets

Why crickets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Gryllies is an alternative protein source made out of cricket flour that
provides high protein, amino acids and essential nutrients for a complete
meal.
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Members' Sneak-Peek Bugs & Beer | Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Members' Sneak-Peek Bugs & Beer | Beaty Biodiversity Museum | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Karen Needham the Assistant Curator of the Spencer Entomological Collection will give a short talk about insects as sustainable protein at 7:00pm. Then we'll have a chance to try some edible insects (not required but an added bonus for the brave!) and wash them down with Grasshopper Wheat Ale generously donated by Big Rock Brewery. 

Have a chance to see shutterbug before it closes on September 6th. 
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FAO: México líder en insectos comestibles

FAO: México líder en insectos comestibles | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 30 de agosto.-Mientras la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) hace la pregunta de si los insectos podrían contribuir a la seguridad alimentaria del mundo, México se aproxima a la celebración de los 500 años de la Historia general de las cosas de la Nueva España, donde fray Bernardino de Sahagún describió en 1569 al chapoli o chapulín, que gana fama en los restaurantes de México y del extranjero.
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The four must-try insects to munch in Oaxaca

The four must-try insects to munch in Oaxaca | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In the second of our five-part series on Mexico’s rich and varied gastronomy, we talk you through the four juicy bugs you must try.
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"The southern state of Oaxaca is best-known in Mexico for its delicious mole negro, a dark sauce made from chilhuacle negro chillies and eaten with chicken or turkey. But in fact, Mexico’s fifth-largest state is made up of seven different regions, each with its own ecosystem providing a huge variety of ingredients. "

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Aquitaine Amorçage soutient ENTOMO FARM et son système industriel d’élevage d’insectes

Aquitaine Amorçage soutient ENTOMO FARM et son système industriel d’élevage d’insectes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Grâce à ses prêts d'honneur, Aquitaine Amorçage offre à Entomo Farm de nouvelles perspectives en matière de R&D dans la filière entomocole
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"Passionné depuis l’âge de 8 ans par l’univers des insectes et convaincu qu’ils représentent une solution aux défis alimentaires d’aujourd’hui et de demain, Grégory LOUIS envisage dans un premier temps de se lancer dans la production d’insectes. Mais, constatant qu’aucun outil ne permettait de produire des insectes avec un niveau sanitaire correct et traçable, il a donc décidé de s’attaquer à la conception de solutions industrielles d’élevage d’insectes."

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How Unfussy Eaters Are Saving The World

How Unfussy Eaters Are Saving The World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Thanks to its feeding habits, the oriental latrine fly could just play a major role in food and environmental sustainability.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Rearing insects as livestock does not require land clearing, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and produces a more efficient protein source—a higher proportion of food eaten by insects is converted into edible protein, compared to rearing traditional livestock such as cattle, sheep, and poultry. Furthermore, insects can be fed directly on organic waste, effectively recycling nutrients back to human-edible material at a faster rate."

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Edible insects in Africa: An introduction to finding, using and eating insects - 1846 : Food safety & human nutrition : CTA Publishing

Edible insects in Africa: An introduction to finding, using and eating insects - 1846 : Food safety & human nutrition : CTA Publishing | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is renewed interest in the use of insects as human food. Insects provide animal protein of good quality, and they are rich in lipids and macronutrients. The many edible insect species – an accessible and affordable source of food – can contribute to food security. This Agrodok shows where to find, and how to collect and prepare, 10 different insect species from 5 groups: caterpillars, beetles, termites, grasshoppers and crickets. With the information in this Agrodok, Agromisa aims to contribute to the use of edible insects as a means to securing access to sufficient quantities of nutritious food.
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Bug Boys want you to eat beetles for breakfast

Bug Boys want you to eat beetles for breakfast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

HERE is an idea to make you squirm – bugs for breakfast.

A trio of entrepreneurial undergraduates are suggesting you do just and are on a mission to persuade people the merits of gobbling grasshoppers.

Bug Boys is a new start-up and part of the first cohort to enter Entrepreneurial Spark, a business incubator in Brighton.

Their idea is based on the growing consensus that protein-rich insects could become a sustainable global food source in the future.

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‘I became a bug chef’ | The Sun |Fabulous

‘I became a bug chef’ | The Sun |Fabulous | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

COURTNEY Yule, 22, is a product design graduate who lives in Edinburgh.

”As I placed the dish into the oven, I wondered how my new macaroni recipe would turn out. This was no ordinary pasta bake. This concoction contained a layer of mealworms – hundreds of dead little larva I’d bought off the internet. 

My bug-eating escapades began in 2014, when I had to invent and create a product as part of my product design course at Edinburgh Napier University. 

After wracking my brains to find an original idea, I came across the term ‘entomophagy’ – insect eating. While it’s perfectly normal in some parts of the world, in Western society it’s still considered taboo, despite the fact that insects are extremely nutritious. 



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Announcing the Winners of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge

Announcing the Winners of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
About entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship at VT KnowledgeWorks
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"The People’s Choice award of $5,000, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs, was selected by vote of the event attendees at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Challenge. The People’s Choice was awarded to Team EntoLog of ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland whose business concept aims to help tackle the growing global challenge of producing nutritious protein-rich foods using an innovative technology that enables the extraction of proteins and other valuable nutritional products from insects. Meinrad Koch, Stefan Klettenhammer, and Philippe Geiger presented the concept."

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Edible insects: Startups are selling bugs as food

Edible insects: Startups are selling bugs as food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The edible insects market is projected to grow fast, thanks to philanthropic groups and the UN, which say it's better for the environment.
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Determinants of willingness to eat insects in the USA and India: Journal of Insects as Food and Feed: Vol 1, No 3

Determinants of willingness to eat insects in the USA and India: Journal of Insects as Food and Feed: Vol 1, No 3 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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AbstractOne of the major, if not the major impediment to large scale increases of human insect consumption, is the strong rejection of insects as food by most of the world’s population. In an effort to understand this aversion, we surveyed online samples of adults living in the USA and India to participate in a study on ‘attitudes toward food’. A substantial proportion of both Americans (72%) and Indians (74%) were at least willing to consider eating some form of insect food. Men were more willing to try eating insects than were women, especially in the USA. Disgust seems to be the most common reaction of both groups at the prospect of eating insects. The most common perceived benefits of eating insects were related to nutrition and environmental sustainability, and the most common risks related to risk of disease and illness. Both groups find ants the most palatable of a set of seven possible insects, and cockroaches the most unpalatable. In both samples, participants were most amenable to eating low levels of insect flour in a favourite food, and most averse to consuming whole insects. The best predictors of insect acceptance were disgust at the thought of eating insects, beliefs about the benefits of eating insects, sensation seeking, and the enjoyment of telling others about consumption of unusual foods.
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Edible Insects and Taste Education

Edible Insects and Taste Education | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
What is Taste Education?

The notion of taste education stems from Slow Food, an international movement campaigning for good, clean, fair food. With globalisation of Western diets and lifestyles, the diversity of traditional foods and the cultures and environments that underpin them are in jeopardy. As consumers, this undermining risks further detaching us from the enjoyment, tastes, textures, aromas, and fascinating stories behind our foods. 

As Slow Food states:

“By understanding where our food comes from, how it was produced and by whom, adults and children can learn how to combine pleasure and responsibility in daily choices and appreciate the cultural and social importance of food.”
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Why You Should Eat Bugs - YouTube

Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. Craig taste tests some bug dis...
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University of Hartford Students "Bug Out" - YouTube

Published on Aug 20, 2015
Assistant Professor Katharine Owens and students from her First-Year Seminar, "Guerrilla Cuisine," prepared and served edible insects on Dec. 11. Some experts say the only way to maintain our high protein diet is to explore alternative protein sources, like insects.
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