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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Edible insects in Afric An introduction to finding, using and eating insects.

Edible insects in Afric An introduction to finding, using and eating insects. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Summary: Edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is renewed interest in the use of insects as human food. Insects provide animal protein of good quality, and they are rich in lipids and macronutrients. The many edible insect species – an accessible and affordable source of ...
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A pleasure known as Entomophagy

A pleasure known as  Entomophagy | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Text by Jorge Comensal Photographs by Mateo Pizarro 1. Insects: a continent of flavor I’ve never been picky about food. As a kid, I remember nibbling on my grandmother’s lap dog’s kibbles as if the...
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[Kinetic Typo] FASO PROT

Film humanitaire présentant le projet FASO PROT, ayant pour but de valoriser la production de chenille de Karité à travers le développement d’un agro business, qui…
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Edible insects are putting the bee in breakfast

Edible insects are putting the bee in breakfast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It’s time to get over the cringe-factor because edible insects are versatile, tasty and healthy to eat.  Edible insects could also become a crucial component in delivering food sustainably to the world’s ever growing population.
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Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat?

Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Times Food wants to know... Imagine you're hungry. Which insect would you be most prepared to eat? pick one: Catepillar, Bee larvae, Crickets, Locusts or Worms
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Could creepy-crawlies become part of the British diet? | Health | Life & Style | Daily Express

Could creepy-crawlies become part of the British diet? | Health | Life & Style | Daily Express | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
FROM the harrowing bush tucker trials of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! to Bear Grylls gobbling giant larvae in the name of survival, eating insects tends to be a way of increasing ratings.
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Tempura-battered tarantula on menu at California bug fest | Deccan Chronicle

Tempura-battered tarantula on menu at California bug fest | Deccan Chronicle | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Hungry? How about tempura-battered fried Tarantula for an appetizer?
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Cooking Bugs to End World Hunger |

Cooking Bugs to End World Hunger | | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
How desperate and how hungry would you be to include a variety of insects and bugs in your daily diet? According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture
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FasoProt: help children to fight malnutrition

FasoProt: help children to fight malnutrition | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A sustainable agribusiness model to prevent malnutrition and reduce rural poverty in Africa through the promotion of shea caterpillars
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"FasoProt would innovate by producing and distributing a range of enriched caterpillar powder that can be added as a nutritional complement in meals. By focusing on improving nutrition for mothers and children, this can help ensure a healthy and productive life for every child."

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Solving the Global Food Crisis – Agriculture’s Amazing Future!

Solving the Global Food Crisis – Agriculture’s Amazing Future! | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
What the next generation will eat is one of the biggest unanswered questions facing mankind.
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"Scientists believe they have a solution to the food crisis, but it may mean changing your taste buds. Some forecast that mankind will be trading beef burgers, steaks and sausages for versions made from insects such as caterpillars, grasshoppers and dung beetles. Morgaine Gaye, a “food futurologist,” proposed changing the term “insects” to “mini-livestock” to make it more palatable for the masses (BBC).

This may seem like a foreign concept, but the Netherlands is already beginning to implement it: “The Dutch government is putting serious money into getting insects into mainstream diets. It recently invested one million euros…into research and to prepare legislation governing insect farms” (ibid.). But most throughout Western society are still too squeamish about replacing their cheeseburgers with “beetleburgers” and would not be fooled by the “mini-livestock” label."

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Insects as Food | Insect Buzz

News and Views on the Creatures that Run the World !!!

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Nice site to check !!!

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Eating Insects in California | Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Eating Insects in California | Entomological Society of America (ESA) | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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This short video from National Geographic features Larry Peterman, owner of a store in California that sells snacks made with insects.

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Environmental manipulation for edible insect procurement: a historical perspective

Environmental manipulation for edible insect procurement: a historical perspective | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Throughout history humans have manipulated their natural environment for an increased predictability and availability of plant and animal resources.

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From the perspective of hunting individual animals in relation to their body size, insects can generally be considered low ranked food sources as the return rates (energy gained minus energy costs from searching, handling, and processing) of large animals is higher

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Edible Insects: The Next Protein Trend? | Vitacost.com Blog

Edible Insects: The Next Protein Trend? | Vitacost.com Blog | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Are you grossed out by the thought of chomping on crawly critters like caterpillars and crickets? Probably, but it turns out they’re a terrific source of
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Here's Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs

Here's Why You Should Start Eating (More) Bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Wait, just hear us out. Insects could be the next big thing in food....
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"In 2012, we rediscovered kale and started nibbling on gluten-free everything. Then 2013 brought us Cronuts, the delicious pastry mashup. We've obsessed over Sriracha, pumpkin spice, seaweed -- but what will be the next big trend in food?

Bugs! It could be, anyway. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, is hailed by entomologists, or people who study them, as a healthy and eco-friendly food solution with a strong culinary tradition (in some cultures). A few high-end restaurants have already put them on the menu. The Michelin-starred Aphrodite restaurant in France, for example, serves up mealworms and crickets with foie gras. British chef Peter Gorton created a menu with entomologist Peter Smithers to feature bugs in every dish.

David Faure, who runs Aphrodite, told Bloomberg the idea to cook with bugs was a product of his world travels. "It’s really a question of taste," the chef said.

And indeed, it's no secret that people generally associate bugs with..."

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Bugs: Coming To A Supermarket Near You?

Bugs: Coming To A Supermarket Near You? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Crispy critters could soon be on supermarket shelves as a way to solve the world's food crisis.
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Baked waxworm anyone? Students hope to break down the prejudice against eating bugs by opening a pop-up restaurant with grasshopper and caterpillar on the menu

Baked waxworm anyone? Students hope to break down the prejudice against eating bugs by opening a pop-up restaurant with grasshopper and caterpillar on the menu | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Honey caterpillar canapes, consomme of grasshopper dumpling with locust jus, and burnt bee larvae are all on the menu at Eat Ento, a pop-up restaurant which starts a three-night run in south London tonight.
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Aran Dasan, 26, Jonathan Fraser, 26, Julene Aguirre, 27, and Jacky Chung, 25, say edible insects (not all of them are) are a 'healthy, tasty and sustainable source of protein'.

They plan firstly to get people to enjoy eating them, and then to open a permanent restaurant.  Their ultimate goal is to get insects onto our supermarket shelves within seven years."

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Fancy a meal of insects, anybody? - Nation | The Star Online

Fancy a meal of insects, anybody? - Nation | The Star Online | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

CRUNCHY bursts of nutty flavours filled with nutritious goodness – that’s basically what you get from a meal of insects, or so they say.

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Cory Farley: Insects are coming inevitably to a table near you

Cory Farley: Insects are coming inevitably to a table near you | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Every now and then, an idea comes along that's so world-changingly sensible that the nation instantly rises against it. This is such an idea.
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" The Dutch government has invested $780,000 in research and preparing legislation governing “mini-livestock” farms."

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Could caterpillars be the new beef? | VibeGhana.com

A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls to eat more insects.
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Cattle, pigs, chickens and other commercial livestock have been reported to contribute nearly 20 per cent of the global warming gases and use excessive amounts of land and water. Ants, bees, termites, crickets, locusts, caterpillars, beetles and wasps are now being called “mini livestock”. Insect farming has been found to produce far less pollution and environmental impact than traditional farming.

Insect farming is an emerging business opportunity. A South African fly factory recently won a $100,000 UN innovation prize for animal feed. The factory found a way to raise edible insects by feeding them discarded food, manure and meat by-products. The Netherlands has also invested $1.3 million into rearing edible insects from food waste."

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Haul of dried caterpillars seized by customs - Telegraph

Haul of dried caterpillars seized by customs - Telegraph | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
A haul of dried caterpillars has been seized by customs officers at Gatwick Airport.
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Socialism - the solution to the food crisis

Socialism - the solution to the food crisis | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Seventy-four days is all that stands between mankind and starvation — the length of time the world’s food reserves would feed humanity before disappearing. From 1986 to 2001, the world held an average of 107 days’ worth of grain in storage. But from 2002 to 2011, the average dropped to just 74 days.

Ana C. Day's insight:

"It is forecasted that mankind will be trading beef burgers, steaks and sausages for versions made from insects such as caterpillars, grasshoppers and beetles. Morgaine Gaye, a food futurologist proposed changing the term “insects” to “mini-livestock” to make it sound more palatable. In Asia such protein is readily available in the food markets. "

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Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs | WebEcoist

Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs | WebEcoist | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Though they are relegated to game show gross-out props in much of the West, bugs are quite eco-friendly protein sources.
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What will we be eating in 20 years' time?

What will we be eating in 20 years' time? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Why insect burgers could replace the hamburger on dinner plates.
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It's a win-win situation. Insects provide as much nutritional value as ordinary meat and are a great source of protein, according to researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. They also cost less to raise than cattle, consume less water and do not have much of a carbon footprint.

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New Idea to Reduce Global Warming: Everyone Eat Insects

New Idea to Reduce Global Warming: Everyone Eat Insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug release fewer greenhouse gases than pigs and cattle, the protein sources we favor.
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