Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food
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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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Bugged about going green? Try these - Video on NBCNews.com

Bugged about going green? Try these - Video on NBCNews.com | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: July 24, 2009: Crumbled meal worms. Sautéed crickets. Ant eggs. Hungry yet? Marc Dennis, founder of Insects Are Food, explains how eating these dishes could help the environment. Msnbc.com’s Becca Field puts it to the test.
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Check out video =)

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Bug-a-Boo’s or Grubs Up

Bug-a-Boo’s or Grubs Up | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

On this site are several articles about edible insects (among other creatures.) Below is an expanding collection of more than 50 edible insects. I plan to localize it. There is, depending on who’s counting,  an estimated 1,462 species of edible insects.

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Very nice pictures and lots of Ants data.

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Edible insects with Girl Meets Bug (Wired UK)

Edible insects with Girl Meets Bug (Wired UK) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
In order to get some culinary creepy crawly insights for Wired.co.uk's Bug Week, we spoke to Daniella Martin, practitioner of entomophagy and host of the Girl Meets Bug edible insect blog
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The World Bank estimates that our planet is home to almostseven billion humans. In order to put something on the global dinner table each night, we farm approximately 50 billion chickens, 1.3 billion cattle and almost one billion pigs each year.


Great insides from the industry and recepies from Daniella Martin @GirlMeetsBug

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Edible insects will replace meat as standard fare says researchers

Edible insects will replace meat as standard fare says researchers | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
DUTCH student Walinka van Tol inspects the worm protruding from a half-eaten chocolate praline she's holding, steels herself with a shrug, then pops it into her mouth.
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According to professor Van Huis, about 500 types of insects are eaten in Mexico, 250 in Africa and 180 in China and other parts of Asia - mostly they are a delicacy.

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Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives

Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

It doesn't take long for a food crisis to scar a generation of children with long-lasting brain and physical damage.  It is urgent people get access to essential proteins, and one source that can help in crises, is edible insects. There are many projects around the world working to make insects a palatable and sustainable food source for the future.

Continue reading at NowPublic.com: Harvesting Insects Can Help in World Food Crisis | NowPublic Photo Archives http://www.nowpublic.com/world/harvesting-insects-can-help-world-food-crisis-0#ixzz2HDZANBvv

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For many years it was a given that the world's problem was not a lack of food, but that it was unfairly shared. But as the switch to biofuels gathers pace, farmland is being diverted away from growing food for people, to food for fuel.

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Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks

Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bugs of most types and all sizes make me queasy. The little ones, I don't mind. But if they're more than two centimeters long (or tall), then that's enough to send me either screaming or running away from them - or both.
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Each cylindrical cricket-farming unit surrounds a light source to optimize the farming yield. It is hung high off the ground to reduce its spatial impact and to keep it out of reach. The ‘farmer’ who feeds the crickets collects fresh food waste from the market and surrounding restaurants.

 

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Wormburger Anyone? Worm Meat More Sustainable Than Beef, Pork, Chicken and Milk: Study

Wormburger Anyone? Worm Meat More Sustainable Than Beef, Pork, Chicken and Milk: Study | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Meat from mealworms is less damaging to the environment than beef, pork, chicken or milk, a new study claims.
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'Insect Pizza,' 'Bug Mac' Foods of the Future? : Discovery News

'Insect Pizza,' 'Bug Mac' Foods of the Future? : Discovery News | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Hankering for grasshopper spring roll or worm burger? Some day it may come to that.
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HowStuffWorks "Benefits of Eating Bugs"

HowStuffWorks "Benefits of Eating Bugs" | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects. Bugs are nutritious and some of them taste great, but in the Western world entomophagy is a cultural taboo.
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Nice comparisons of nutritional value between Animal / Insects.

 

Red, orange yellow, forget this fellow.

Black, green or brown, wolf it down.

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Time For A 'Bug Mac'? The Dutch Aim To Make Insects More Palatable : NPR

Time For A 'Bug Mac'? The Dutch Aim To Make Insects More Palatable : NPR | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Dutch scientists are trying to make insects a less exotic and cheaper food source. And one Dutch restaurant, Specktakel, is already embracing the trend by featuring a menu buzzing with entomological eats.
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Bug Appétit: San Francisco’s Pre-Hispanic Snackeria | PRI's The World

Bug Appétit: San Francisco’s Pre-Hispanic Snackeria | PRI's The World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Mexican chef Monica Martínez is getting ready to hit the streets of San Francisco with bug-based treats.
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Worms As a Food Source for Humans

Worms As a Food Source for Humans | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Worms As A Food Source For Humans. You may think that humans eating worms is reserved for reality television fare, but that is not necessarily so. The reality is that humans in almost 90 countries eat insects and worms.
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Insect Farming To Replace Livestock Protein

From: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish September 30, 2011 - Methane from cattle farming is more noxious in terms of global warming than the CO2 p...
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Great interview of Arnold van Huis
Personal Chair, Professor Tropical Entomology
PhD 1981, Wageningen University

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Kreca VOF, Netherlands – large scale insect farm 

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Scientists Propose Mealworms As Protein Source of the Future, Soylent Green Suddenly Not Sounding So Bad

Scientists Propose Mealworms As Protein Source of the Future, Soylent Green Suddenly Not Sounding So Bad | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Be it a slice or ten of bacon in the morning or a good steak for dinner, most meat shares a common bond -- it is pretty awesome to eat. While this is clearly the best thing about meat, it is also one of the biggest knocks against it.
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Not so bad at all !!!

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Mealworms: The Next High-Protein Food Source?

Mealworms: The Next High-Protein Food Source? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Scientists have conducted enormous tests on mealworms and discovered the fact that super worms and mealworms could be the future high protein food source.
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"The researchers have compared the meat production impact of mealworms to traditional animals. The 3 parameters which they have used for comparing are energy needs, greenhouse-gas emissions and land usage. During the process of conducting tests they found that mealworms are rich in edible proteins when compared to the chicken, milk, beef and pork."

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Could Eating Bugs Solve the World Food Crisis?

Could Eating Bugs Solve the World Food Crisis? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 1,400 species of insects and worms are commonly eaten in 90 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia. While Thailand mostly prefers crickets and silk worms, Africans go for grasshopers or grubs while ants are frequently on the menus of restaurants in South America.

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Entomophagy- the new sustainable way of protein intake?

Entomophagy- the new sustainable way of protein intake? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
So, I posted pictures the other day about me having mealworms… Don’t look at me like o.O hhaha. Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects. I had quite an interesting lecture about i...
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Insects have served as a nutritional, tasty and safe food source for people for tens of thousands of years, all over the planet.

 
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What's on the menu? Mmmm... Insects | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

What's on the menu? Mmmm... Insects | Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Benin, Costa Rica and Bhutan are promoting, in a joint campaign, meals with insects as the main ingredient. Larvae and spiders are also on the menu of some chic restaurants. The Netherlands is funding...
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Manuel Zumbado says that insects are highly nutritious:  they contain little amount of fat and cholesterol and have high quality proteins and micro-nutrients and vitamins. Compared to our normal foods like beef, pork, chicken and fish, they have a a much higher nutritional value.

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Dutch Try to Change ‘Ick’ to ‘Yum’ for Insect Dishes

Dutch Try to Change ‘Ick’ to ‘Yum’ for Insect Dishes | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A movement in the Netherlands is trying to convince the Dutch that crickets, worms and caterpillars are healthier sources of protein than meat.
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Mr. Van Dongen is head of the meat department at Sligro,  Besides steaks, poultry and others kinds of meat, he offers mealworms, buffalo worms, locusts and other insects, as well as prepared products containing insects like Bugs Sticks and Bugs Nuggets — not for pets, but as a source of protein for people.

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entomophagy, eating insects, eating bugs, bugs, insects, food, bugs as food

entomophagy, eating insects, eating bugs, bugs, insects, food, bugs as food | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
insects for dinner, why do we not eat insects.
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Entomophagy is the concept and practice of eating insects.
The idea of eating insects is not a new ideology.
Read more at http://chadpeterson.org/featured/entomophagy-insects-for-dinner/#vD57CI24uwEkYfgQ.99

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Four legs good, six legs better? EU to spend 3 million Euros into promoting eating insects 'as alternative source of protein'

Four legs good, six legs better? EU to spend 3 million Euros into promoting eating insects 'as alternative source of protein' | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
The European Union is investigating 'the potential of insects as an alternative source of protein' - and experts believe the 'protein' could be used in fast foods such as burgers and chicken nuggets.
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Insect burgers: EU plan to promote eating insects as protein

Insect burgers: EU plan to promote eating insects as protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Research projects funded with 3 million euros by the European Commission, to promote eating insects, are to be decided on this year. So far research points towards disguising insects as a processed protein source to make the idea more palatable.
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"The European Commission decided to fund research to the tune of three million euros, to come up with the best proposal for using insects as a protein source.


The U.S. does of course already allow insect fragments and rodent hairs to be contained within processed foods"


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Edible Insects | Eating lower on the food chain | Features & Columns

Edible Insects | Eating lower on the food chain | Features & Columns | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Read the latest features and columns from the South Bay's Metro Newspaper, and find information on upcoming events, lifestyle, the arts and more.
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Insects: the future of food?

Insects: the future of food? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Would you find it easier to eat insects and arachnids if you knew you already do?
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Dutch Scientists Predict Insects Could Be Future Food

For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com or Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision As global food prices continue to rise, ...
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