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Eat insects to save the world: A chat with "Bug Chef" David Gordon

Eat insects to save the world: A chat with "Bug Chef" David Gordon | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
David Gordon cooking up a tarantulaJoel Rogers Future shock: Insects are almost certainly going to be a bigger part of your diet in the future. Present sho
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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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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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Beetles for Breakfast

Beetles for Breakfast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Over 1900 species of insects are commonly eaten by humans, as well as a couple of spiders and scorpions. Many of these species are seen as delicacies by some cultures: fried and buttered tarantulas...
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"In short, insects are consumed the world over, and for good reason: they’re a great source of protein, which in some parts of the world would otherwise be missing from people’s diets, as well as fats and fibre. The protein content by dry weight of crickets is around 65%- by comparison, athletes’ protein powders consist of 70-95% protein. Beef is less than 40%. Insects also supply loads of essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals and as such are much more nutritious than most conventional meats. They live alongside humans in large numbers without needing to be cared for, can be caught with your bare hands and don’t need to be cooked. They’re basically walking snacks."

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Bientôt des pâtes à base d'insectes dans vos assiettes

Bientôt des pâtes à base d'insectes dans vos assiettes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Deux milliards d'êtres humains consomment déjà des insectes dans le monde. Micronutris croit au développement de ce marché en France. Cette start-up vient de lancer une opération de crowdfunding sur Wiseed pour se développer.
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"Des biscuits salés, des macarons, des insectes apéritif aromatisés au thym, façon méditerranéenne et pourquoi pas bientôt au pop-corn. Micronutris ne manque pas d'idées pour faire apprécier les insectes que la start-up élève. L'entreprise a vu le jour en 2011, son site pilote à Toulouse est opérationnel depuis 2 ans. Il en sort une tonne d'insectes par mois. Pour Micronutris, la qualité est la priorité. Tous les lots sont analysés et tracés. Une réponse de Cédric Auriol, le fondateur de l'entreprise aux doutes soulevés par une récente étude de l'ANSES. L'agence recommande en effet la prudence mettant en avant la présence éventuelle de substances chimiques ou d'allergènes dans les insectes."

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Got Crickets? The New Protein Supplement

Supplementing your diet with insects doesn't seem like a totally appetizing way to get in your protein, but when these creepy crawly's are ground into flour and baked into a cookie that looks like ...
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"Protein derived from these multi-legged chirping creatures is getting a lot of attention recently. There are also several companies capitalizing on this new, more sustainable protein source. So what’s all the fuss?"

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Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks crowdfunding for its edible insect roadmap.

The report due this summer seeks to give a snapshot of the current market in terms of products, players and both consumer and regulatory challenges. Invenire Market Intelligence aimed to raise $50,000 (€44,785) in crowdfunding for the report , which marked its first break away from regular papers commissioned by clients.

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"Speaking with NutraIngredients, author of the report Johanna Tanhuanpää said: “The whole edible insects industry is so new and it’s in such an embryonic state. There’s a lot of enthusiasm, there’s a lot of people who are very into edible insects or sustainability. And sometimes that just means there’s not all that much business thinking as this enthusiasm and drive to make it into something mainstream.”

Edible insects have been lauded over the past few years as a sustainable source of protein as global demand for the macronutrient increases and concerns grow over the environmental impact of traditional animal and even plant sources. While this sustainability message was important, Tanhuanpää said this gave the consumers a reason why they should buy insect products but not necessarily why they would want to eat them.  "

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The three insect species in the draft of the new Swiss food law - YouTube

22nd of june 2015 is a historic day for Swiss food law. The biggest and most diverse group of animals is now also listed as food in switzerland : insects.
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amazing progress! lets hope the rest of the world follows suit

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▶ Food Friday: Edible insect research - YouTube

Have you had your dinner yet? How much protein was on your plate and what protein was it? Zeynab Wandati would like to offer you an alternative protein sourc...
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Welcome to the Skyfood channel about edible insects - YouTube

Cultivation of edible insects. Projects for urban farming, gardens and indoor. Research about edible insects and informations concerning edible insects in fo...
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Haters Gonna Hate - Exo Journal

Haters Gonna Hate - Exo Journal | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Since starting Exo, our protein bars have received incredible feedback from our customers, and some great press as well.

We’ve also received our share of hate mail, from internet trolls to the flat-out squeamish. Some of these comments are simply too great to keep to ourselves. Check out the best (worst?) below. And to all of them we say:

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.... OMG  ....LOL

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Why We Still Don’t Eat Insects: Assessing Entomophagy Promotion Through a Diffusion of Innovations Framework

Why We Still Don’t Eat Insects: Assessing Entomophagy Promotion Through a Diffusion of Innovations Framework | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Highlights

Diffusion of Innovations theory can explain why entomophagy (insect eating) remains unpopular.

The relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability of entomophagy are examined.

Past strategies have not promoted entomophagy appropriately.

Evidence-based strategies to diffuse entomophagy are recommended.

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Matan Shelomi 

Abstract

A Diffusion of Innovations framework is used to review entomophagy, the human consumption of insects, and its promotion. Overemphasis on changing values and unrealistic goals of insects as alternative to meat hampered entomophagy’s diffusion. Supply-side developments to fight passive rejection are essential before a majority of consumers will accept insects as food. Marketing insects appropriately or using them as livestock feed will also facilitate diffusion.

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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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Insects could solve hunger - YouTube

Lee Cadesky, the COO of C-fu Foods, explains on how insects could solve hunger. Please LIKE & SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed! http://bit.ly/1G7yMhG **More info & v...

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The bug revolution is nigh: Burger chain to serve cricket powder milkshakes

The bug revolution is nigh: Burger chain to serve cricket powder milkshakes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The limited-edition Oreo mud pie shake will be available starting July 1
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"Salon’s Sustainability writers (Lindsay Abrams and myself) have been longtime proponents of the promise bugs hold as protein sources of the future. The only thing is, when we actually tried them, we weren’t totally sold on their taste. The bugs we tried were baked into orangey cookies and gummy protein bars — why couldn’t they be integrated into something we actually liked, like french fries or a milkshake or whatever?"

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Cricket Protein Milk Shakes Are the Frosty Ticket to Sustainabilty

Cricket Protein Milk Shakes Are the Frosty Ticket to Sustainabilty | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A Connecticut-based burger chain is pioneering a creepy-crawly new dessert that may have positive environmental impacts.
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"The bug-infused confection started out as an April Fools’ joke, CNBC reports, but the online response was so positive that the chain decided to add it to the menu for a test run. Even though the item was only available for a few days, Wayback president John Eucalitto said people were lining up out the door to get their hands on one. After several months of testing, experimenting with 20 or 30 variations of the recipe, the company settled on a Peruvian chocolate cricket protein powder and were ready to bring the creepy-crawly dessert nationwide."

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Can Eating Insects Save the World? | Society of Biology blog

Can Eating Insects Save the World? | Society of Biology blog | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

At the Brussels airport last week, en route to Glasgow, I struck up a conversation with a young Flemish woman about edible insects, as one does. I was on my way to the Glasgow Science Festival to be a part the Society of Biology’s event, ‘Can Eating Insects Save the World?’ The woman told me about a young daughter of a friend of hers who wanted to buy some edible insects at one of the city’s big grocery stores.

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".... Although insects are eaten in other parts of the world, such as Thailand, most of us have been brought up to regard them as dirty, dangerous, and downright disgusting. They are simply not part of Europe’s food culture. Unless you count Casu Marzu, a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live maggots.

But, recently, in Brussels at least, the insects have landed.

According to an article last year in Flanders Today, “Entomophagy, or the eating of bugs, is widely regarded as one of the most promising solutions to increasing environmental pressure, worldwide food insecurity and the rising cost of animal protein.”"

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Letting It Fly | NOLA DEFENDER

Letting It Fly | NOLA DEFENDER | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Over Fourth of July, Bug Appetite will be serving Chocolate Chirp Cookies. In the past, they have served things like mealworm salsa and cicada shish kabobs. The eating of bugs is called entomophagy. Smith said that these bugs provide a great source of protein.
 
“Entomophagy is growing in popularity,” she said. “I know some New Orleans restaurants are actually serving dishes with bugs in them as well.”
 
Whether you’re ready to test your palate with bugs or not, Smith said that she really recommends that people check out the event.
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Insects, the Food of the Future?

Insects, the Food of the Future? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that insects form part of the traditional diet of some two billion people around the world.
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"Changing the diet is not easy because it involves a change in individual behavior, she says. And there is still much to be done to collect evidence on the value of insects as a food source.

“Simply documenting how insects are raised, how they are processed and eaten in different cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, and evaluating their impact on nutritional and food security would be a major contribution,” says Spray.

She adds that after this, the next step will be to identify opportunities to develop and promote the value chain in which insects are as widely available as other types of food.

At any rate, it is not hard to imagine a not-so-distant future, where, in the dark movie theater premiering the latest Hollywood blockbuster, the loud crunch of popcorn will be replaced by the delicate popping of chapulines."

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Novel Food Production - Parliament UK

Novel Food Production - Parliament UK | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Food production systems worldwide may have to adapt radically to meet the rising global demand for food. Emerging approaches in the food sector include controlled-environment farming, alternative animal feeds, edible insects, and lab-cultured meat. This POSTnote considers these new technologies and summarises their respective advantages and limitations.

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"This POSTnote summarises three key areas of current food production innovation, controlled-environment farming, alternative animal feeds and novel protein sources, which could contribute to a more sustainable food system:

  • Controlled-environment farming can increase the yield of some crops and decrease resource use, but is not suited to staple crops like maize and wheat.
  • Sustainable sources of animal feed such as insects and algae could reduce the dependence on feed derived from wild fish or soy from tropical rain forest areas.
  • For humans, edible insects are a nutritious and resource efficient food source, but cultural aversion to insects as food may be a significant barrier.
  • Lab-cultured meat could provide a resource-efficient alternative protein source, but must overcome multiple technical challenges.
  • If novel food products are to be accepted by the public, their development should consider societal preferences and behaviours.
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Republic welcomes The Bug Chef as part of new Grasshopper Festival

Republic welcomes The Bug Chef as part of new Grasshopper Festival | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Citizens of Republic will celebrate the science and fantasy of the grasshopper in the City's first-ever Grasshopper Festival. The festival will take place over two weekends, kicking off on June 26th and 27th with The Bug Chef, David Gordon.
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Food-focused things to know, see and do in Asheville

Food-focused things to know, see and do in Asheville | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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Eat this: According to a 2013 Food and Agriculture Organization report, “Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security,” insects are recommended as one of the most sustainable forms of animal protein available. An estimated 2 billion earth-dwellers partake in a diet that includes high-protein, lean and iron-filled bugs — and you can be one of them. Locally, 35-year-old Alyssa DeRonne turns crickets into flavorful protein bars, baked goods and even margarita salt, which she sells through her company, LaViewEye. Also known as the Cricket Girl, DeRonne said cooking bugs is something she wants to do for the planet.

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