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Four cool food products spotted at IFT

Four cool food products spotted at IFT | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
From bug bars to "miracle berries," here are some products and trends that caught our eye at IFT's recent conference. 
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Insects as food

Two panel discussions at IFT focused on reducing the cost of protein production—by consuming insects. Claiming that some insects can be a viable source of protein, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acids, companies have begun processing these bite-sized critters into food products, like Chapul's energy bars.

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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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Insect burgers go on sale in Swiss supermarkets

Insect burgers go on sale in Swiss supermarkets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Swiss shoppers will soon be able to buy burgers made from insects after the country changed its food safety laws. 

The laws were changed in 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.

The burgers, made by Swiss startup Essento, are made from mealworms and also contain rice and vegetables such as turnip, celery and leeks, as well as oregano and chilli, while the company's 'insect balls' combine the mealworms with chickpeas, onions, garlic and spices. 
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Bug ‘burgers’ are hitting supermarket shelves

Bug ‘burgers’ are hitting supermarket shelves | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A supermarket chain in Switzerland will start selling edible bugs in the form of burgers.

Coop, the country’s second-largest chain, will begin selling insect patties and mealworm balls in seven of their stores beginning Aug. 21.

Created by Swiss startup Essento, the burgers are made with mealworms, rice and vegetables, and flavored with oregano and chili. The insect balls are made with mealworms, chickpeas, onions and garlic.

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In May, Switzerland revised its food safety laws to allow for the sale of insect products containing crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms — the first European country to do so.

Insects “have a high culinary potential, their production saves resources and their nutritional profile is high-quality,” Christian Bärtsch, the co-founder of Essento, said in a statement.

Mealworms, which are actually beetle larvae, apparently have a nutty flavor when roasted. They have to be bred under extremely strict conditions over the course of four generations before they’re ready for humans to eat.
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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."
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Nourrir la planète, des insectes dans nos assiettes

Nourrir la planète, des insectes dans nos assiettes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
La série de photographies culinaires "Nourrir la planète", a été réalisée pour FIPC 2015 sur le thème de l'exposition Universelle et elle est actuellement exposée au sein du Pavillon France à Milan 2015 .
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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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Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. 

Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden.  | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Copenhagen Bug Fest will be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. Here the whole family can touch, taste and sense the multi-dimensional universe of insects. Pet a mealworm, eat a cricket, listen to the sounds of insects in the Victorian Palm House or experience the natural beauty of insects up close, in the exhibit ‘Microsculpture’ at the Geological Museum.

The festival will offer a wide variety of features that illustrate the potential of insects in terms of accommodating the UN Sustainable Development Goals, both in terms of a sustainable food production of tasteful food as well as the cultural value, biology, design and aesthetics of insects.

In front of the Victorian Palm House, guests will meet scientists, insect-enthusiasts and companies working with production of insects or insect-based products. Copenhagen Bug Fest will offer a variety of gastronomic dishes with insects, prepared by Michael Pontoppidan (Restaurant Gorilla) and Lui Lezzi.

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Insect burgers and balls: Essento launches bug line in Switzerland - FoodBev Media

Insect burgers and balls: Essento launches bug line in Switzerland - FoodBev Media | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Essento co-founder Christian Bärtsch said: “In terms of food, insects are an excellent choice for a number of reasons: they have high culinary potential, their production saves resources, and their nutritional profile is high. Insects are thus the perfect supplement for a contemporary meal plan.

“Coop and Essento are united by a quest for sustainable solutions. We have been working together for three years and will continue to work on establishing insects as a food in Switzerland.”

The two variants will be available from 21 August at selected Coop supermarkets in Switzerland.
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Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner

Bug burgers? Switzerland says insects are what's for dinner | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
GENEVA — When you think of Swiss food, chocolate and cheese quickly come to mind. But now a novel food is creating a buzz in this Alpine nation. 

Burgers and meatballs made from insects will hit grocery shelves Monday at the Coop supermarket chain. It marks the first wide distribution of bug bites in Europe.
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CNE 2017 food: Fire-breathing ice cream, black funnel cakes and more

CNE 2017 food: Fire-breathing ice cream, black funnel cakes and more | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Last year's buggy hot dog is this year's buggy ice cream: Bug Bistro is making edible insects accessible with vanilla soft serve topped with toasted coconut and chocolate-covered crickets. (Trust me, you can't even taste the cricket.)

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20 things you need to know about eating insects – and why you should do it

20 things you need to know about eating insects – and why you should do it | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
20 edible insect facts
1. Insects are 88% edible, compared to just 40% for pork and beef.

2. They’re rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

3. There are more than 1,900 edible insects to choose from. Crunchy, chewy or gooey?

4. Wasps, bees and ants contain 13-77g of protein per 100g, and beetles contain 23-66g of protein per 100g, compared with cooked red meat which contains 27-35g of protein per 100g Eggs contain 13g, and chicken 23g.

5. Due to their sour lemon-like flavour, worker ants are the perfect condiments for fish dishes, apparently.

6. Beetles are the most popular insect delicacy, accounting for 31% of all insects eaten.

7. Bees, wasps, and ants make up 14% of edible bugs, and 18% are caterpillars. Only 2% are flies.
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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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