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Accidental experiences with entomophagy

Accidental experiences with entomophagy | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Two months of field work have lowered my standards of what to cook for dinner. Long hot days of working outside, and I come home happy to have a cereal dinner, no cooking required. Some days I look...
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Insects as a protein alternative and solution to our world's food crisis.
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Current State of Legislation For Insects As Food - 4ento

Current State of Legislation For Insects As Food - 4ento | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Is selling Insects as Food legal? Find out what the current state of legislation is for edible insects and what the future holds for this rising trend.
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5 Fun Ways to Eat Crickets

5 Fun Ways to Eat Crickets | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
From granola bars to straight-up roasted crickets.
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"Environment- and health-conscious eaters are practically jumping at the chance to consume crickets these days. Not only are the bugs rich in nutrients, paleo-friendly and gluten-free, but they’re also touted as a more sustainable alternative to other animal food sources.

Food companies are getting onboard with the trend; some are making treats made from cricket flour—i.e., flour made from ground crickets—while others are selling, well, straight-up roasted crickets."

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Eating Crickets - Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now).

Eating Crickets - Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now). | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why you will end up eating bugs, now or later (and where to do it now)
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"According to the FDA, the reason a certain amount of insects are allowed in commercial food is that it’s “economically impractical to grow, harvest or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects.”  

Granted, many foods contain far fewer insect parts than what is legally allowed. Still, it’s all but guaranteed you’re eating bugs."

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Alimentation : les assiettes du futur - Le Parisien Magazine

Alimentation : les assiettes du futur - Le Parisien Magazine | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Nourrir 9 milliards de Terriens en 2050 sans épuiser la planète : c’est le défi que l’agro-alimentaire doit relever et le thème de l’Exposition universelle de Milan, à partir du 1er mai. Steak sans viande, supertomates et insectes vont bientôt arriver sur nos tables. Bon appétit !
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"D’un point de vue nutritionnel, une portion de 100 grammes de criquets apporte deux fois plus de protéines que 100 grammes de poulet, mais aussi du fer, du calcium, des glucides, tout en étant moins grasse. Autant de raisons qui poussent à mettre l’insecte à toutes les sauces ? Pour l’instant, quelques sites Internet (mangeons-des-insectes.com) vendent des sachets d’insectes grillés à grignoter (comptez environ 10 euros) avec un succès relatif."

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Danny Tyree: Are you ready for a diet of insects?

Danny Tyree: Are you ready for a diet of insects? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
When I was a 6-year-old lad lusting over the “ant farm” advertisements in 12-cent comic books, I had no idea how ahead-of-their-time those ads were.According to the April 10 Newsweek, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs and farmers are s
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"No matter how safe or nutritious insects are proven to be, marketers will still have to overcome the “Yuk” factor. When I asked one Harvard sociologist how he overcomes the “Yuk” factor, he explained, “I just have a stiff drink, close my eyes, go eenie-meenie and pull the voting lever — oh, you mean the creepy crawly ‘Yuk’ factor. Oh, that one’s easy.”

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Bugs for breakfast and worms for tea? The weird world of insect eating

Bugs for breakfast and worms for tea? The weird world of insect eating | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Fancy biting into a grasshopper? In a world struggling with food supplies, being squeamish about eating insects might not be a choice for diners of the future
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"If insect’s crunchy exoskeltons did grow to replace traditional source of protein such as meat, it could have a positive and, believe it or not, tasty impact on our diet."

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Insect ‘Meat’ for Food Security: An Idea Too Difficult to Swallow?

Food security and insect
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"One of the most compelling arguments proponents offer is that insects have a high feed-to-meat conversion rate; they require approximatlely 2kg of feed to produce 1 kg of meat, compared to cattle, with a feed to meat ratio of 8:1. Beyond the greater efficiencies, greenhouse gas emissions are another reason why insects are favoured. Pigs reportedly produce from 10 to 100 times more GHGs per kg of body weight than mealworms. Further details about the greenhouse gas emissions and feed conversion ratios are included below in figure 1 and table 1 respectively."

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Salma Hayek Eats A Cricket, But Is Munching Insects A Good Idea?

Salma Hayek Eats A Cricket, But Is Munching Insects A Good Idea? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Bizarre celebrity diets are nothing new, yet Salma Hayek has still managed to surprise the internet with her choice of food.

The Hollywood actress, 48, uploaded a video of herself eating a cricket on her Instagram page on Sunday.

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"While many commenting on Instagram have called the video "disgusting", Hayek isn't the only celebrity chowing down on creepy crawlies.

Angelina Jolie has previously said her children love snacking on crickets and Shailene Woodley has hailed bugs as "the future for food"

"Entomophagy (eating insects) has been the norm in many countries for as long as anyone can remember," Jo Travers from of The London Nutritionist tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle."

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Would you eat insects for their nutritional value?

Would you eat insects for their nutritional value? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A bush-tucker trial is heading to Costessey, with visitors to this year’s Royal Norfolk Show being invited to take on the challenge.
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"Mealworms, grasshoppers and locusts will be among the moveable feast on offer to iron-bellied men, women and children who are prepared to taste the unexpected as part of the Harper Adams University Edible Bug Challenge."

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How to cultivate the next hot food startup

How to cultivate the next hot food startup | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The 36-year-old mother of two, who counts a FreshDirect executive and Craft's Tom Colicchio on her board of advisers, has sampled everything from cricket-flour protein bars to baked jicama chips through her fund, which offers mentors, infrastructure and financial backing to about eight companies
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Exo [which makes cricket-flour protein bars] is really leading the charge in the sustainable protein movement and gaining exposure for consumption of edible insects. The business is finally performing beyond expectations. They're not the only success story, though."

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Cricket kebabs, anyone? Why insects could be the food of the future

Cricket kebabs, anyone? Why insects could be the food of the future | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A growing global population is putting strain on the planet’s traditional farming resources - could eating creepy crawlies be the solution?
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"Volatile food prices and a growing population mean we may have to rethink what we eat in the future. In particular, as populations grow globally, there will be a huge pressure on the amount of meat that is produced. Whereas we have got used to cheaper and highly processed meats, if we want to consume the same amount of meat in the future, we’ll be hit in the pocket, plus there will be an enormous environmental impact. An alternative source of protein, which doesn’t cost the earth may be… insects!"

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▶ Bugs for life | Craig Macfarlane | TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh - YouTube

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The Cricket and the Cow // Pint of Science Australia

The Cricket and the Cow // Pint of Science Australia | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Eating insects instead of beef would feed the world in a millionth of the space and allow nature to recover from thousands of years of cattle grazing.  Grassland replacement would restore endangered habitats and species.

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"In conjunction with Pint of Science, SE-QLD Australian Science Communicators and the Edible Bug Shop, we present an evening of entertainment as we look at the science of Entomophagy."

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Prima Yontrarak bugs out

Prima Yontrarak bugs out | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
At age 18, Prima Yontrarak already has a plan — she wants to be a researcher, a path down which she has already started.
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“There is a problem of ignorance in society,” Miss Yontrarak says. “People sometimes tend to believe things without actual proof, and they cannot distinguish what’s actually true. I believe that more education on science is the solution to solving these problems."

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Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs?

Why Aren’t We Eating More Bugs? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Scientists say it’s time to start appealing to our tastebuds rather than logic
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"According to a team of psychologists and culinary experts, arguments that appeal to your logic aren’t going to convince you to ingest insects. Instead, it will require appealing to your taste buds and eyes, making food with bugs simply more enjoyable to eat."

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Redefining Healthy Snacking!

Redefining Healthy Snacking! | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
20 Case Studies in Growth and Innovation
Innovation in healthy snacking is at the dawn of a new era of opportunity. Consumers will consider anything as a snack, which is why snacking is now a part of every company’s strategy. And they are willing to be very experimental with flavours, ingredients, product formats and textures. New types of snack are growing fast, while also charging super-premium prices. Entrepreneurial start-ups are reinventing tired categories, from meat snacks to cakes.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"The 20 Case Studies detail the strategies companies have adopted to succeed in snacking:

  • Ingredients
  • Nutrition profiles
  • Marketing messages
  • Product communications
  • Pricing strategies"
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BISB Explores Edible Insects

BISB Explores Edible Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
On Saturday, April 18, British International School of Boston teachers and students volunteered at the annual Cambridge Science Festival, running a booth t
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"Are edible insects the way of the future? Could eating more insects improve our nation's sustainability efforts and reduce hunger issues? BISB explored these questions last week at the Cambridge Science Festival."

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Bugs for breakfast?

Bugs for breakfast? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
RENO, Nev. - There are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth and more than 2 billion people already include insects in their diets -- so why don't we?

Explore the world of "entomophagy" - the practice of eating insects - during a lecture and bug tasting at the May Museum! Dr. Michelle Roberts, a cultural anthropologist from UNR, will discuss insects and diet in Southeast Asia. Find out what insects can be eaten and how.
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Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch: Protein Capture from Scalable Organic Side-Streams via High-Density Populations of Acheta domesticus

Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch: Protein Capture from Scalable Organic Side-Streams via High-Density Populations of  Acheta domesticus | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It has been suggested that the ecological impact of crickets as a source of dietary protein is less than conventional forms of livestock due to their comparatively efficient feed conversion and ability to consume organic side-streams. This study measured the biomass output and feed conversion ratios of house crickets ( Acheta domesticus ) reared on diets that varied in quality, ranging from grain-based to highly cellulosic diets. The measurements were made at a much greater population scale and
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The Environmental Benefits Of Eating Crickets Vs. Chicken: It’s Complicated

The Environmental Benefits Of Eating Crickets Vs. Chicken: It’s Complicated | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
There’s no such thing as a free lunch
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"Nathan Allen from Aspire, which is launching a cricket farm in Texas, points out that the study didn’t compare other major differences between cricket farming and chicken farming, including…."


"Kevin Bachhuber from Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio, says the study also looked at food that isn’t actually fed to farmed crickets. “Crickets fed on unprocessed straw and chicken shit are….."


"And according Pat Crowley, a hydrologist and the co-founder of Chapul, a cricket protein bar company: “I would say that the largest take home from this study is that there is indeed a dearth of data on the feed conversion ratios, with much of…."


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Huge hunger for Itami exhibition on insect eating prompts extended run - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Huge hunger for Itami exhibition on insect eating prompts extended run - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
ITAMI, Hyogo Prefecture--When organizers cooked up a special exhibition on bug eating at the Itami City Museum of Insects here, they didn't envision the public's appetite for dining on crunchy critters such as deep-fried crickets and bee larvae simmered in soy sauce.
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"It highlights 40 varieties of insect dishes in Japan and overseas by displaying actual items bought at street stalls and other venues in Thailand and Cambodia or photos along with how to prepare them. During the showing, the museum has held three tasting events for deep-fried pupal silk worms, drawing a large crowd each time."

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Eating Insects Isn't as Eco-Friendly As People Say

Eating Insects Isn't as Eco-Friendly As People Say | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Crickets aren't so green after all
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"Crickets are often trumpeted as the future of food, an edible, eco-friendly solution to a some-day protein shortage that livestock just can’t fix. Even the United Nations promotes insect-eating as a promising, protein-packed way to feed the 9 billion people that will live on earth in 2050."

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Crickets in Planet Organic, grasshoppers on the Wahaca menu: you might be eating insects sooner than you think

Crickets in Planet Organic, grasshoppers on the Wahaca menu: you might be eating insects sooner than you think | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Edible insects, long seen as a sustainable food of the future, have arrived in Britain, and you might be eating them sooner than you think
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"The idea of insects as a sustainable food source has been seriously talked about for several years now. But blow me down with the flutter of a grasshopper’s wing if I didn’t walk in to Planet Organic recently and see packets of crickets, mealworms,  buffalo worms and grasshoppers for sale, right in between the bread aisle and the bananas."

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20 Delicious Bug Recipes from Chefs

20 Delicious Bug Recipes from Chefs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug appetit! Here's how Rick Bayless and Curtis Stone like their insects
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"Environmentalists and foodies alike have been hailing bugs as the future of eco-friendly protein. That’s great news for chefs and bug scientists with a taste for insects, including Marcel Dicke, an ecological entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands who gave a 2010 TED talk called “Why Not Eat Insects?” (His dish of choice: dragonfly larvae.)"

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Are insects the food of the future? How we will all be snacking on worm tarts & ..

Are insects the food of the future? How we will all be snacking on worm tarts & .. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In tonight's final episode of BBC Two's Back In Time For Dinner, the Robshaw family who have travelled from the 1950s to the end of the millennium are served the food of the future.
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"For most of us the thought of eating insects might prove to be one culinary step too far.

But the consumption of locusts, crickets, worms and grubs could become very much a part of our diet as the cost of meat production rises, and the demand for meat grows."

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Trend Watch: The Future Of Food | TimesCity

Trend Watch: The Future Of Food | TimesCity | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Insect eating, scientifically termed as Entomophagy, is an age-old tradition. And even today, many cultures still practise it. Read on to know more about this food trend.
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