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, Our Food for the Future | Austin Free Events

Edible Insects, Our Food for the Future | Austin Free Events | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
April 18 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Enjoy some edible insects. Snack on Chocolate Chirp Cookies and Spicy Jamaican Jerk Crickets prepared by Little Herds.

Join us for a presentation by Little Herds, an Austin-based nonprofit that seeks to change the way the other 20 percent of the world views food and to help create a market for bug-eaters. Current farming practices are ravaging the environment, polluting the water and air, causing deforestation, overfishing, and contributing to the rise in infectious diseases.
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Don’t look to crickets to feed the world just yet, study cautions :: UC Davis News & Information

Don’t look to crickets to feed the world just yet, study cautions :: UC Davis News & Information | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Crickets are not all that they’re cracked up to be as an alternative, global source of protein in the human diet to supplement or replace livestock consumption, according to newly published research
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Bugs for Dinner: Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming

Bugs for Dinner:  Big Cricket Farms Find Niche in Edible Insect Farming | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

Rich in protein and requiring relatively few resources to raise, the United Nations says insects should be on our plates.Though bugs make up part of a healthy, diverse diet in many non-Western cultures, Americans and Europeans generally consider eating insects to be disgusting, even ‘primitive.’ But a growing movement by edible insect enthusiasts like Kevin Bachhuber is looking to change this perception.

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‘Entopreneurs’ try to convince public to eat bugs

‘Entopreneurs’ try to convince public to eat bugs | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Inside San Francisco's La Cocina, a commercial kitchen for food entrepreneurs, Monica Martinez empties hundreds of live mealworms, each about 2 inches long, into a plastic container. She uses chopsticks to pull out dead ones before pouring the squirming critters on a tray and sliding them into an oven."

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We Did. Eat Bugs.

We Did. Eat Bugs. | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
  I laid them out on the counter. A satchel of cricket flour, one of whole roasted crickets, whole roasted mealworm and a variety of flavoured Bug Bistro, would you like a beer with that, snac...
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"Great, I was willing to bet, might be pushing it. So in a moment reminiscent of how Fear Factor contestants scored points by ingesting nasty-looking creepy crawlies, thrusting bare tongues out to prove the deed was done, I cracked open the roasted cricket pouch and shoved one in my mouth, chewing fast, swallowing hard.


I’m pleased to report that cricket is nature’s Rice Crispie". Said Lizzie

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Episode 45 - Time to Eat Worms - Insect Gastronomy with C-fu Foods - Food Startups Podcast

Episode 45 - Time to Eat Worms - Insect Gastronomy with C-fu Foods - Food Startups Podcast | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
It is time that you know about insect gastronomy. The world is not sustainable with such a high diet of beef. Right now, there are 1900 known edible insects or at least 1900 flavors! I had a great time learning from...
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Would you eat insects? - YouTube

Finding insects in a dish tends to have a certain effect on westerners. However, they are an abundant, sustainable protein source and two billion people eat ...
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L’alimentation de demain

L’alimentation de demain | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

De même, s’il apparaît évident que nous devons réduire notre consommation de viande pour des raisons à la fois éthiques, écologiques et sanitaires, il faut imaginer que demain, nos assiettes contiendront des aliments que nous jugeons aujourd’hui… étonnants. Nous deviendrons tous végétariens ou nous irons vers des sources de protéines animales différentes, estime Delphine Goffin. Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULg) vient d’ailleurs de mettre sur pied une unité de production d’insectes via sa spin-off Entomofood qui devrait assurer la mise sur le marché de quelque 50 tonnes annuelles de vers de farine et grillons destinés à l’alimentation animale et humaine. Preuve s’il en est qu’en matière d’innovation, le vers est dans le fruit.

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▶ China Insect Protein Market Research Report 2015 - YouTube

View Complete Report @ http://goo.gl/2rBwjs "Market Research of Insect Protein in China Edition (1)" report provides market situation of mealworm in China (S...
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Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand

Street Food No More: Bug Snacks Move To Store Shelves In Thailand | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to expand the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"On the streets of Bangkok, you can buy just about any kind of food you can imagine. And more you probably don't want to. Pad Thai, spicy stir-fried shrimp with noodles, thick red chicken curries would fall into the first category. Fried silkworm larvae, grasshoppers or stir-fried bees might fall into the latter."

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The Edible Insect - Step 3 - Beetle Mania - YouTube

Published on Apr 10, 2015
The prototype mealworm farm has now started producing darkling beetles.
Have a look at the experimental "beetle sorter" that I have been playing with and the different substrates I am placing the beetles in so they can get "jiggy with it"!
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Eat Crickets, Save World

Eat Crickets, Save World | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Ucsb Bren School Students’ ‘Slightly Nutty’ Project Makes Insect Cuisine More Sustainable.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"After an initial test of black soldier fly larvae, the team switched to crickets, which had emerged in 2010 as an insect protein of choice because of the plentiful pet store infrastructure that existed for feeding pet lizards and frogs. Better yet, the nutritional and sustainability impacts are staggering: cricket flour offers at least twice as much protein as beef, more iron than spinach, and as much B12 as salmon, yet you can grow six times as much of it than beef with the same amount of feed."

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'Entopreneurs' feed growing appetite for edible insects

'Entopreneurs' feed growing appetite for edible insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms…
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Identification of novel allergen in edible insect, Gryllus bimaculatus and its cross-reactivity with Macrobrachium spp. allergens. - PubMed - NCBI

Identification of novel allergen in edible insect, Gryllus bimaculatus and its cross-reactivity with Macrobrachium spp. allergens. - PubMed - NCBI | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
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Edible insects have recently been promoted as a source of protein and have a high nutrition value. Identification of allergens and cross-reactivity between Macrobrachium spp. and the field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus) is necessary for food safety control and to assist in the diagnosis and therapy of allergy symptoms. Denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) was used to separate proteins. Allergens were determined and identified by IgE-immunoblotting with pooled sera from prawn-allergic patients (n=16) and LC-MS/MS. Arginine kinase (AK) and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) were determined as the important allergens in muscle of Macrobrachium rosenbergii whereas, hemocyanin (HC) was identified as an allergen in Macrobrachium spp. The allergens in Macrobrachium lanchesteri were identified as AK and HC. In addition, hexamerin1B (HEX1B) was identified as a novel and specific allergen in G. bimaculatus. The important allergen in G. bimaculatus and Macrobrachium spp. is AK and was found to cross-react between both species.
Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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More businesses launching to market edible insects

More businesses launching to market edible insects | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"“The idea is to offer another type of protein into the food market,” said Martinez, an artist and industrial designer who launched Don Bugito as a street food project in 2011. “The biggest job that we have to do is to try to get more people to try our foods.”

Don Bugito snacks are sold online or at a La Cocina kiosk in San Francisco's Ferry Building, where retail workers recently offered free samples of chocolate-covered crickets and spicy super worms.""

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Crickets Aren't the Superfood They're Cracked Up to Be

Crickets Aren't the Superfood They're Cracked Up to Be | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Bug-eating evangelists like to talk about how crickets are caloric magic, claiming the insects can transform table scraps into a crunchy, healthy protein. A new study debunks at least one aspect of what’s being touted everywhere as the food of the future.
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Crickets aren't the miracle source of protein

Crickets aren't the miracle source of protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Crickets are not all that they're cracked up to be as an alternative, global source of protein in the human diet to supplement or replace livestock consumption, according to newly published research completed at the University of California, Davis.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"The researchers concluded that the potential for "Acheta domesticus to sustainably supplement the global protein supply, beyond what is currently produced via grain-fed chickens, will depend on capturing regionally scalable organic side-streams of relatively high-quality that are not currently being used for livestock production."

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Bugging You

Bugging You | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

An Ontario company puts insects on the menu 


Goldin has a theory that, in an evolutionary sense, humans are instinctually inclined to eat insects. “I started thinking that maybe there’s something deep in our programming, where we know that this is right,” he says, as he butters a biscuit.

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The Edible Insect - Mealworm Farm Prototype - Week 1 - YouTube

The initial stock of pet grade mealworms have arrived and this is the prototype habitat / farm we have built to raise and breed the mealworms. We chose stain...
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Vous reprendrez bien un peu de vers de farine ?

Vous reprendrez bien un peu de vers de farine ? | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Issue de l’unité d’entomologie de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech de l’ULg, la spin-off Entomofood a vu le jour en ce début d’année 2015. Première unité de
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Growing appetite for edible insects, eco-friendly protein

Growing appetite for edible insects, eco-friendly protein | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"“Insects are viewed as what ruins food – a roach in your soup, a fly in your salad. That’s the biggest obstacle – the ick factor,” said Daniella Martin, an author of a book on eating insects and the “Girl Meets Bug” blogger, referring to the feeling of distaste some consumers might feel."

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Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated

Crickets Are Not a Free Lunch, Protein Conversion Rates May Be Overestimated | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
Some practitioners of entomophagy believe that raising insects for consumption by humans will help solve world hunger problems. Crickets and other insects, they say, are able to convert plant matte...
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"“Everyone assumes that crickets — and other insects — are the food of the future given their high feed conversion relative to livestock,” Dr. Parrella said. “However, there is very little data to support this, and this article shows the story is far more complex.”"

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EntoCall | Edible Insect Community

EntoCall | Edible Insect Community | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it

EntoCall will be a recurrent international teleconference, serving the burgeoning edible insect industry.  Fully moderated calls will last approximately 1 hour and feature a different speaker each call.    Call participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speaker after their talk and address unrelated issues in an open discussion forum later in the call.  Speakers will hail from as many industrial, international, academic, and regulatory perspectives as we can manage.  

Each EntoCall will be hosted through GoToMeeting.  More call access information will be provided soon.  Each call will be recorded and available at a later date.  Please contact us if you would like to request a transcript.

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#Entomophagy community: EntoCall announces our 1st teleconference on April 29th with Pat Crowley of @chapul Sign up: entocall.org 

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94 Are Edible Insects the Future of Food For Yoga Freaks - YouTube

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San Francisco kitchen crawl could get you protein boost with edible insects | Toronto Star

San Francisco kitchen crawl could get you protein boost with edible insects | Toronto Star | Entomophagy: Edible Insects and the Future of Food | Scoop.it
While eating bugs are a tough sell for Westerners, the United Nations has been promoting edible insects as a way to improve nutrition and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Ana C. Day's insight:

"Across San Francisco Bay inside at a kitchen in Berkeley, Megan Miller and her assistants shape clumps of orange-ginger cookie dough, carefully arrange them up on a tray and slip them in an oven. The key ingredient: flour made from ground-up crickets.

Miller’s startup, Bitty Foods, sells its cricket-based cookies and baked goods online and at upscale grocery stores. Many of its customers are moms looking for a healthy snack for their kids."

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