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Why we should all start putting insects in our mouths

Why we should all start putting insects in our mouths | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
Mealworm haggis, bee sandwiches, coconut cricket rice cakes – is your mouth watering yet? If not, you wouldn’t be the only one. But why not?

People don’t like to put unfamiliar things in their mouths. But insects are familiar. We learn about them from an early age and see them flying or scuttling around all the time. And crucially, their consumption is also extremely sustainable, economical, ethical and nutritious.
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What is Biomimicry? {Infographic} - Best Infographics

What is Biomimicry? {Infographic} - Best Infographics | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
Many researchers study nature to improve their designs. In fact, nature has been helping us solve engineering problems for decades. This infographic form European Springs & Pressings LTD covers what biomimicry is all about:
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Insects Au Gratin - An Investigation into the Experiences of Developing a 3D Printer that uses Insect Protein Based Flour as a Building Medium for the Production of Sustainable Food (The Design Soc...

Insects Au Gratin - An Investigation into the Experiences of Developing a 3D Printer that uses Insect Protein Based Flour as a Building Medium for the Production of Sustainable Food (The Design Soc... | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“Insects Au Gratin focuses on the future of food and explores the nutritive and environmental aspects of entomophagy (eating insects), combined with 3D food printing technologies. The project has been investigating the possibility of using 3D...”
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Alteration of Plant Primary Metabolism in Response to Insect Herbivory

Alteration of Plant Primary Metabolism in Response to Insect Herbivory | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ Plants in nature, which are continuously challenged by diverse insect herbivores, produce constitutive and inducible defenses to reduce insect damage and preserve their own fitness. In addition to inducing pathways that are directly responsible for the production of toxic and deterrent compounds, insect herbivory causes numerous changes in plant primary metabolism. Whereas the functions of defensive metabolites such as alkaloids, terpenes, and glucosinolates have been studied extensively, the fitness benefits of changes in photosynthesis, carbon transport, and nitrogen allocation remain less well understood. Adding to the complexity of the observed responses, the feeding habits of different insect herbivores can significantly influence the induced changes in plant primary metabolism. In this review, we summarize experimental data addressing the significance of insect feeding habits, as related to herbivore-induced changes in plant primary metabolism. Where possible, we link these physiological changes with current understanding of their underlying molecular mechanisms. Finally, we discuss the potential fitness benefits that host plants receive from altering their primary metabolism in response to insect herbivory.”
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Good Vibrations: Spider Signal Threads Reveal R...

Good Vibrations: Spider Signal Threads Reveal R... | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
"When you look at a spider web in the garden, one thing is often noticeably absent: the spider. This may be because it is lurking away from the web in a 'retreat', where it can monitor web vibrations through a proxy known as a signal thread. A new Oxford study published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface looks in more detail at the composition and structure of these signal threads, which spiders can use to tell whether they've caught new prey. [...] 'Learning from nature, signal threads could provide inspiration for the development of new remote sensing technologies." | Biomimicry
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Community Credit: The Next Generation of Financ...

Community Credit: The Next Generation of Financ... | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
Biomimicry offers a new language, longer timeframe, wider lens, and better-rooted framework overall for thinking about system design. It allows us to finally step “outside” (literally and figuratively) the narrow conceptual models of finance that are currently sinking our collective ship. How would nature design a financial system? This blog post is adapted from a short presentation I gave at SXSW Eco on this question. | Biomimicry
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14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry

14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
Companies seeking breakthrough products tend to ignore the greatest invention machine in the universe: life’s more than three-billion-year history of evolution by natural selection.
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Open Source Farming

Open Source Farming | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
It's not like open field farming. OK, it is a little bit. Marcin Jakubowski, of Open Source Ecology, has taken it upon himself to release the blueprints for 50 farm machines in open source.
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Towards the Open Source Economy – Presentation at the Bioneers East Conference | Factor e Farm Blog

Towards the Open Source Economy – Presentation at the Bioneers East Conference | Factor e Farm Blog | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ I have spoken recently at the Bioneers East Conference - Connecting for Change - in New Bedford, Massachusetts - evolving the messaging from the Global Village...”
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VIDEO: The (Open-Source) Ecologist | Factor E Farm Blog

VIDEO: The (Open-Source) Ecologist | Factor E Farm Blog | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ News 21 from Berkeley, California visited Factor e Farm a few weeks back.”
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PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields

PlantLab: Urban Farms 40 Times More Productive than Open Fields | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ A Dutch firm on the cutting edge of indoor agriculture estimates that producing food for the entire world could take place in a space far smaller than the area occupied by Holland, using just 10% o...”
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Local Sheep Farmers Unveil Open-Source, DIY Tracking System

Local Sheep Farmers Unveil Open-Source, DIY Tracking System | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ With severe drought continuing to affect agriculture on the Western Slope, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik explores how two tech-savy local sheep farmers found a way (Farmers create #opensource #DIY sheep tracking system”
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Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis | Truth-Out.org

Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis | Truth-Out.org | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it

The news about our global food supply is not good.

Around the world - from the Middle East, across much of Africa, to California - wars over water and food are already occurring.

Billions of people already lack adequate supplies of potable water on a daily basis, and by 2030, nearly half the world's population will live in "water-stressed" areas, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Environmental Outlook 2030 Report.

As Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge, has written, "Water is the new oil, and land is the new gold." These words underscore how overpopulation and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) have combined to overstress our capacities for producing enough food.

These facts, along with ever-escalating food prices, highlight how serious our food crisis has already become.

The corporate answer to the food crisis has been to introduce genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to expand crop sizes and yields. The outcomes and implications of this, however, continue to prove detrimental to both the environment and human health.

However, on a local level, scientist Joe Breskin seems to have found a solution for dramatically increasing vegetable yields in greenhouses, doubling the length of growing seasons and feeding more people for less money - all while using cutting-edge energy efficiency techniques.

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Can eating insects save the World - BBC full documentary 2013


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Entomophagie et arachnophagie. Des images toujours surprenantes. Sommes-nous prêts ? Certainement pas pour tout !

 

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Academia rolls out insect-based flour to feed malnourished populations in developing countries

Academia rolls out insect-based flour to feed malnourished populations in developing countries | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ Academia rolls out insect-based flour to feed malnourished populations in developing countries”
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▶ Next Millennium Farms - Insect Farming, Cricket Farming making Insect Protein and Cricket Flour - YouTube

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Metabolism: The final frontier | Plant Science Today

Metabolism: The final frontier | Plant Science Today | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it

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The special Plant Physiology focus issue on Metabolism is truly an inspiring collection that doesn’t minimize the challenges of understanding plant metabolism, but at the same time inspires us to explore, seek out and boldly go towards the final frontier of metabolism. http://blog.aspb.org/2015/11/11/metabolism-the-final-frontier/

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How nature hums with lessons for business

How nature hums with lessons for business | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
Leveraging biomimicry's unique approach to research and design can lead to sustainable, profitable technologies that mitigate risk and reduce costs.
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6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

6 animal-shaped architectural wonders | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
A growing interest in biomimicry is drawing developers to fauna as well as flora. From the familiar to the fantastic, here are six architectural projects that look like living creatures.
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Print your own urban farm: AKER offers a full suite of open source urban ag kits

Print your own urban farm: AKER offers a full suite of open source urban ag kits | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ These flat-packable kits are designed to boost urban agriculture, ranging from flower & vegetable production to worm composting to backyard chickens and beekeeping, and require no tools for assembly.”
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Food is Free Project: Open Source Farm

Food is Free Project: Open Source Farm | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ $450K cash offered to our landlord to tear down and develop our urban farm. Help FiF build a new HQ.”
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Farm Hack - An Open Source Community for Resilient Agriculture

Farm Hack - An Open Source Community for Resilient Agriculture | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ The intersection between farming and open source is happening here. Fascinating http://t.co/qqPBBe73hr”
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Refarm The City: Open Source Tools For Urban Farmers - Home ...

Refarm The City: Open Source Tools For Urban Farmers - Home ... | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
The open source tools are published on their wiki which allows everyone equal access to the treasure trove of information: hardware' : the urban farm, the composter, the electronics, the sensors, recycled materials, ...
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The next open source frontier is the farm | Opensource.com

The next open source frontier is the farm | Opensource.com | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ Michael Tiemann contemplates how agriculture and how we grow food could benefit from open source methods and software. FarmBot could be a great start. Find out more about how the farm could be the next frontier for open source.”
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Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds

Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds | Ecotechnology | Scoop.it
“ 29 crop varieties are now distributed under an open source license.”
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