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Food trend: Insects crawling onto the menu

Food trend: Insects crawling onto the menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
From ants to worms, people aren't trying to keep them out of the kitchen anymore.  In fact, customers are paying good money to eat them.
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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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CLICK HERE to support Roadmap: Edible insects & business opportunities

CLICK HERE to support Roadmap: Edible insects & business opportunities | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Exploring the possible markets and business opportunities insects have as food and protein sources. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Via this campaign, we want to do 2 important things:

In order to really matter and make a difference, the edible insects industry needs to reach much bigger consumer groups than today. We think that for it to achieve a wide sustainability impact, it needs a roadmap. 

That is why we’ve started this campaign – we want to do two important things:



  1. Produce and publish a business opportunity report. The aim of the work is to present a clear view of where the edible insects market is right now, but most importantly, show the roadmap of how it can develop forward into a more mainstream market with greater positive impact. 
  2. Support the little team of 4Ento in their important educational work to increase awareness and familiarise people with edible insects so that more and more people become aware of the opportunities edible insects provide, and also dare to try insects themselves! If we in some way can help change makers like 4Ento in their quest for more sustainable – responsible business – we’ll do our best!
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Small-scale farming of Edible Insects & Potential Contributions to Community Nutrition in Southeast Asia

This presentation was held at AIDF's Asia Food Security Summit 2014 in Jakarta. It takes a look at edible insect farming from a food and nutrition security per…
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  • 1. Thomas Weigel Project Manager Mini-Livestock VWB/VSF-Canada Nabong, Laos Small-scale farming of Edible Insects & Potential Contributions to Community Nutrition in Southeast Asia (SEA)
  • 2. Outline of the Presentation 1. Insect consumption: where, why & barriers 2. Insect farming: Sustainable Development & Food/Nutrition Security 3. VWB‘s Cricket Rearing Project in Laos 4. Value-Added Insect Products 5. Challenges to Insect Farming & Products 6. Conclusions & Recommendations
  • 3. 1. Cricket farming: an innovative approach of adressing food & nutrition insecurity & a sustainable livelihoods activity, which takes climate change into account 2. Insect-based products – new products with potential for additional income & nutrition 3. Development community has to address challenges Key messages of this presentation
  • 4. Context of the Presentation • Increasing world population & increasing demand for animal-based protein • FAO estimates: 70% increase of food production
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Senzu Foods Kickstarter - YouTube

We are SENZU Foods, a Miami-based food company that specializes in making healthy and nutritious snacks using a variety of organic ingredients, including edi...
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Check out their Kickstarter beginning on July 6th, 2015 and help promote the Evolution of Nutrition!

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U.S. cricket farming scales up

U.S. cricket farming scales up | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Tiny Farms co-founder Daniel Imrie-Situnayake is helping to lay the groundwork for industrial-scale insect production in U.S.
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"The trouble is, demand for edible crickets exceeds the supply. Only a handful of companies are raising the chirpy insects, and they aren’t nearly as efficient as they could be, says Daniel Imrie-Situnayake, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Tiny Farms, a startup based in Oakland, Calif.

“The entire U.S. farmed output of crickets is still fairly small,” Imrie-Situnayake says. “In order to have a cricket bar next to the checkout of every Safeway in the country, you need a lot more scale and a lot more productivity.”

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The Economist bugs Londoners with free insect ice cream

The Economist bugs Londoners with free insect ice cream | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Economist is offering Londoners a free sample of insect ice cream as part of a new experiential campaign designed to tempt new...
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"Marina Haydn, senior vice-president of circulation and retail marketing for The Economist, said: "Experiential marketing approaches are being employed by The Economist as a core element of our global subscription marketing strategy. It is our way of bringing The Economist to potential readers in the real world, real time – and creating a content-laced experience that has been a journey to an area outside of the usual comfort zone.

“We think this particular story about insects is the kind of mind-stretching material that our globally curious target audience will find particularly interesting, and hopefully, tasty as well.”

In an editorial piece last September The Economist made a case for an insect diet by citing the twin challenges posed by a projected increase in the global population to 11bn by the end of the century and the impact of climate change on agriculture."

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List of edible insects of the world (June 1, 2015)

List of edible insects of the world (June 1, 2015) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The list has been compiled by Mr. Yde Jongema, taxonomist at the Department of Entomology of Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

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The list is alphabetically ordered subsequently at the following levels:

  1. Bio Geographical Region
  2. Order
  3. Family
  4. Genus
  5. Species
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Buggin' Out

Buggin' Out | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In the United States, insects are typically viewed as pests that gross us out, but 80 percent of the world consumes them on a regular basis—they’re even considered a delicacy in some cultures. And as our worldwide population continues to expand, making sure that everyone has access to nutritious food is a growing challenge. Here at home, for example, one in five Texas households is considered food insecure, meaning they lack access to adequate food because of a shortage of financial or other material resources. To address this problem, many food experts are encouraging folks in the U.S. to consider insects as part of their regular diet.
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"In short, insects are tiny packages full of proteins and vitamins. And, when compared to other animals that are raised for human consumption, insects require fewer resources, such as land, water, feed and energy. Plus, they emit less waste, i.e., greenhouse gases. But can Americans ever get past the negative connotation associated with consuming insects to consider them a viable food source? Many people think so, as insect-based food startups are popping up from coast to coast. In fact, you don’t have to travel far to find a few, because a hub of bug-munchers exists right here in Austin."

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Blogs & Commentary: What will we be eating in 2050?

Blogs & Commentary: What will we be eating in 2050? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Leading food watchers share their visions of what consumers will be munching on and swigging in the decades ahead.
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Kara Nielsen, Sterling-Rice Group

Familiar foods but different ingredient sources
The merging of traditional food cultures with environmental issues will greatly change where our food comes from and what it is made of, but it will likely still be recognizable to future consumers. 
“Future generations may never bat an eye at insect-fortified snack bars, cookies or simmer sauces as they will have been raised on the stuff, but their parents will still be seeking analogs for the foods they recognize and know. That is the enduring culture part.”

Marc Halperin, CCD Innovation

Proteins shift from animal to plant, insect
The winners in 2050 will be GMOs, edible packaging and kiosk-style fresh food prep machines.
“The Western antipathy toward insects as part of the diet will wane, out of necessity, and proteins derived from those sources will be incorporated into foods effectively and invisibly.”

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Insectes comestibles en Afrique : Introduction à la collecte, au mode de préparation et à la consommation des insectes

Insectes comestibles en Afrique : Introduction à la collecte, au mode de préparation et à la consommation des insectes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Les insectes comestibles sont un ingrédient courant des plats traditionnels de nombreuses parties de l’Afrique, un continent abritant plus de 250 espèces d’insectes potentiellement comestibles. Ils fournissent des protéines animales de bonne qualité et sont riches en lipides et en macronutriments. Cet Agrodok explique où trouver et comment collecter et préparer 10 espèces différentes d’insectes appartenant à 5 groupes : chenilles, coléoptères, termites, sauterelles et grillons. Il s'inspire d'informations rassemblées sur le terrain et développées ensuite par les chercheurs locaux qui étudient la place des insectes dans le régime alimentaire humain. Les informations contenues dans cet Agrodok répondent à l’objectif d’Agromisa de favoriser la consommation d’insectes comestibles pour garantir l’accès à des quantités suffisantes d’alimentation nutritive.

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Discover in exclusivity in Brussels a cocktail with insects! - Crystal Lounge

Discover in exclusivity in Brussels a cocktail with insects! - Crystal Lounge | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Discover this cocktail with an assortment of unique spreads.
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"The Magritte Cocktail is made of dark rum, orange juice, Schweppes and rosemary. From there everything seems ‘normal’… Surprisingly you will discover on the sides an assortment of spreads based on darkling beetles with tomato, chocolate and carrot.

A toast of thyme and rosemary shaped as a butterfly will also enlighten the surrealist side of this creation. To top it all off, enjoy a skewer roasted caterpillars!"

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Milkshakes made with crickets

Milkshakes made with crickets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A milkshake on a summer day is delicious. But this isn't your run of the mill shake. It has a little something extra. Can you believe it? Crickets. Wayback Burger in Canarsie, Brooklyn, is serving ...
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"Wayback Burgers in Canarsie, Brooklyn, is serving up an Oreo mud pie cricket protein milkshake made with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder.

Wayback, a national chain, tested out the cricket milkshake in the spring. It was so popular that it brought back the insect-infused shake through the summer.

Another unique flavor is the jerky milkshake. It has barbeque hickory smoked and maple spices and Slim Jims jerky."

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Eat Mor Bugs - YouTube

A growing number of "entopreneurs" are starting businesses that sell foods made from crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.
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▶ Liver, Lobster and Locusts: How Bizarre Foods Win Acceptance - YouTube

From the 2014 New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference. Greg Sewitz, co-founder of Exo, a company that is pioneering the consumption of insect protein . T...
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Bug Hunt 2015 - YouTube

We're excited to Launch our first ever bug hunt! Watch the video above for rules or Visit bugeaterfoods.com/bug-hunt for more information! twitter.com/bugeat...
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▶ Edible insects in Europa - The Belgian List - YouTube

Published on Jul 5, 2015

In 2013 the Belgian governement published a list of Foodinsects, the so called "Belgian List" . It is not synchronized with European law and is restricted to Belgium, where the insect species on the list are not officially and definitively accepted, but kind of "tolerated". The list reflects mostly to status quo of the European pet food industry.

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Cricket Milkshake All the Rage at Ohio Burger Joint

Cricket Milkshake All the Rage at Ohio Burger Joint | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It started as an April Fools Day stunt on Facebook!It turned into a soughtafter shake, at a local burger joint.Now cricket powder ended up on the menu at Wayback Burgers in Wadsworth, Ohio.The spec...
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"Now cricket powder ended up on the menu at Wayback Burgers in Wadsworth, Ohio.

The specialty burger and milkshake chain now mixing up Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshakes.

If you can get past the "insect ick factor", this shake is packed with more than 20 grams of protein.  And benefiting the environment: crickets consume fewer resources to raise.

The people brave enough to actually buy the milk shake with crickets...teenage boys!

The reporter on the story said he couldn't taste the cricket powder...only Oreo. --- KEYC News 12"

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The Economist seeks readers by offering them insect-laced ice cream

The Economist seeks readers by offering them insect-laced ice cream | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Fancy chocolate with grasshopper? Or perhaps you’d prefer the strawberry flavour with meal-worms? Londoners can lick them for free...
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"...So an ice cream delivery tricycle will be touring the streets of the capital to serve a choice of four ice cream flavours for free: Scurry Berry (elderberry and raspberry) contains mixed insect bits; Choc Hopper has added chunks of grasshopper; Strawberries and Swirls is accompanied by meal-worms; and Nutritious Neapolitan includes “mixed critters.” And, yes, the insects are real.

The Economist has a history of urging people to turn their backs on beef and lamb in favour of weevils and beetles. In September 2014, it carried an article headlined Why eating insects makes sense in which it explored the notion of feeding the world’s ever-growing population with arthropods.*

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Culinary Internship - Novel food regulation- insect protein - 3051685

Culinary Internship - Novel food regulation- insect protein - 3051685 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Application Deadline: July 12, 2015
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 07/15/15 — 11/15/15 (Flexible)

DescriptionOur startup company is extracting protein from insects, in particular the medetrnian fruit fly. We process the larvae to a protein powder for human consumption. We use the powder as a basic product - a protein suplliment for a variety of uses, but also are engaged in the making of priming products as well. 
We are Focusing on the regulation of the fruit flies in order to be FDA approved as are main current goal. 
Our startup is among the Mass Challenge 2015 finalists that have just launched in Boston.
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Requirements

Federal regulation, especially foods 
State regulation, novel foods 
Public relation 
Innovation and creativity 
Commercialization 
Product design - food

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How to Keep People From Bugging Out About Eating Insects

How to Keep People From Bugging Out About Eating Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Years ago in a South American rainforest, the researcher I was visiting announced with something like joy that he had just found some palm beetle grubs. They were fat, yellow, and the length of my fingers, and when we sautéed them with garlic in a frying pan, the skins took on a lovely al dente chewiness around the creamy interiors. They were delicious—and I ate just one.

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"If you really want people to start eating insects, says Shelomi, you should start by persuading supermarkets to put “bags of cricket meal, bottles of termite oil, or loaves of insect flour bread” on their shelves, with recipes, “making them available for consumers to try on their own time in their own homes on their own terms.” Instead of pushing insects as alternatives to meat, a failed strategy, promoters should position them as alternatives to nuts, which they already resemble “in their texture, macronutrient content, and even flavor.”"

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Insetti a uso alimentare: la Svizzera verso la vendita

Insetti a uso alimentare: la Svizzera verso la vendita | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insetti a uso alimentare: la Svizzera verso la commercializzazione di tre specie. Lo prevedono le nuove ordinanze sulle derrate alimentari
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"Adesso con le nuove ordinanze si prevede la commercializzazione di tutti gli alimenti che rispettano le norme compresi gli insetti. Per la prima volta, si prevede di ammettere come derrate alimentari tre specie : Tenebrio molitor nella fase larvale, Acheta domesticusLocusta migratoria."

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The Pre-hispanic all bug tasting at the re-vamped Casa de los Tacos GOODFOODMEXICOCITY

The Pre-hispanic all bug tasting at the re-vamped Casa de los Tacos GOODFOODMEXICOCITY | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Hector Ramos
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"That’s why La Casa de los Tacos is like a breath of mezcal-perfumed air. A seemingly ordinary fonda on first glance, it turns out to be anything but. From 1970 on La Casa’s owner cranked out serviceable comida corridas. Then she decided to retire and the space was taken over by two creative types with a vision. Hector Ramos, a photographer who runs an art gallery upstairs and Alejandro Escalante, author of the renowned Tacopedia and editor of online gastronomic journal animalgourmet.com are beyond ‘hipster’ age: “Perhaps that’s why we’re here, and not in La Roma” chuckled Ramos over a smoky Machincuepa mezcal, recently."

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Noticias UCR | Estudiantes de UCR crean productos a base de insectos

Noticias UCR | Estudiantes de UCR crean productos a base de insectos | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
UCR busca solución al problema que presenta súper bacteria
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"El primer equipo integrado por las jóvenes Gloriana Herrera, Ximena González, Yock Mei Acón, Ana María Quirós, Valeria Brenes, Valerie Rangel y Marcela Rodríguez, desarrolló Molibannann, una premezcla seca nutritiva a base de harina de plátano y larvas de un insecto denominado Tenebrio molitor, para atender a la población infantil haitiana en desnutrición."

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LA cricket farm tries to raise funds, falls short

LA cricket farm tries to raise funds, falls short | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Coalo Valley Farms, California's first edible cricket farm, missed its goal this month to raise money on Kickstarter.
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We will come back ;) !!

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Eating Well in Asheville

Eating Well in Asheville | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

At the hot Mexican restaurant Limones, your "Mayan margarita" glass is crusted with chapulin salt, "chapulin" made of dried, ground crickets. Down at a nearby farmers market, Cricket Girl sells cricket-based protein bars and is aiming for veggie packed smoothies thickened with her insect protein-flour combination. Toto... we're not in Brooklyn anymore.

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▶ Take the edible bug challenge! - YouTube

https://youtu.be/uFkna1uCBqw
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Published on Jun 30, 2015

Would you eat insects? Those brave enough at this years Lincolnshire Show ate some unusual snacks to help raise awareness of alternative protein sources.

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Ask the Food Doc: Crickets, medium rare, please : The (402)/411

Ask the Food Doc: Crickets, medium rare, please : The (402)/411 | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Q: I’ve been hearing about using insects as food. Is this true and if so, will they will be labeled?

A: Imagine a food source that contains high quality protein, is low in calories and is a good source of healthy fats and fiber. Add to that, it’s plentiful, easy to produce, and cheap. It is all natural, has interesting flavors and there are lots of recipes. It’s a perfect food, right?

Well, except for one minor detail. This is, of course, the subject of your question -- namely, insects as food.

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"Assuming you are still reading, maybe you will be consoled by the fact that humans have been eating insects for tens of thousands of years. Or that almost a third of the world’s population are insectivores and include insects as part of their regular diet. That includes many Westernized countries in Europe and the Americas. Earlier this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization suggested that all of us should consider adding insects to our diets"

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