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How to Farm Insects at Home. Hotlix is known primarily for its lollipops and other candy containing scorpions, crickets, or worms — the type of novelty treats you’d find in a gift shop on a pier.

How to Farm Insects at Home

Though the products might seem a bit silly, the company is quite serious about its insects. “We process them here, to make sure nothing like bacteria gets on them,” says Hotlix owner Larry Peterman. He also manages the farming of the live animals. “We make sure ours are raised well. Insect farming. Insect farming in summary the practice of raising insects for agricultural purposes.

Insect farming

It can either be used to fight invasive species, to create industrial products such as petroleum or to grow inexpensive and environmentally sustainable food for humans or animals.[1][2][3][4] Rationale[edit] Overview[edit] Insects offer a highly economical, sustainable solution to existing and looming issues with the production and distribution of high quality protein to help meet growing demands as the world population grows and increases its protein consumption. FARM 432 : INSECT BREEDING. A Kit To Grow Bugs At Home, To Eat! As the population grows, so, too, will its hunger for meat.

A Kit To Grow Bugs At Home, To Eat!

By 2050, meat production will need to surge by 50% to quell demand. The only problem is, producing so much (red) meat is already an environmental nightmare. And we simply might not have the resources to scale. Meanwhile, Katharina Unger is planning to invite her friends over to an insect barbecue. (Really.) “Black soldier flies themselves do not eat, they just drink. Over their eight-day lifecycle, soldier flies need space to fly around, mate, and lay eggs.

“There they feed on biowaste or whatever you feed them on and wriggle around for around 14 days,” Unger explains. From here, it’s bon appetit. “With my design I am proposing a new lifestyle,” she says. Read more here. [Hat tip: Tuvie] For Most People, Eating Bugs Is Only Natural. In Ghana during the spring rains, winged termites are collected and fried, roasted, or made into bread.

For Most People, Eating Bugs Is Only Natural

In South Africa the insects are eaten with cornmeal porridge. In China beekeepers are considered virile, because they regularly eat larvae from their beehives. Gourmands in Japan savor aquatic fly larvae sautéed in sugar and soy sauce. De-winged dragonflies boiled in coconut milk with ginger and garlic are a delicacy in Bali. Grubs are savored in New Guinea and aboriginal Australia. Infographic: Why Insects Are the Most Eco-Friendly Meat - Daniel Fromson. The September issue of The Atlantic is live—and with it my piece on how the Netherlands is hoping to convince the world to eat mealworms and locusts.

Infographic: Why Insects Are the Most Eco-Friendly Meat - Daniel Fromson

Entomophagy, as insect-eating is officially known, is actually being taken seriously these days by a hardcore group of enthusiasts and scientists around the world (coincidentally, The New Yorker also published an article on the phenomenon this week, although it focused more on fancy insect gastronomy in the U.S., as opposed to the processed insect-containing snacks invented by the Dutch).

What's causing the bug boom? Infographic: Why Insects Are the Most Eco-Friendly Meat - Daniel Fromson. Entomophagy. Deep-fried insects for human consumption sold at food stall in Bangkok, Thailand.


Entomophagy (from Greek ἔντομον éntomon, "insect", and φᾰγεῖν phagein, "to eat") is the consumption of insects as food. The eggs, larvae, pupae and adults of certain insect species have been eaten by man since prehistoric times and continue to be an item of the human diet in modern times.[1] While insects are eaten by many animals, the term "entomophagy" is generally used to refer to human consumption of insects; animals that eat insects are known as insectivores.

There are also some species of carnivorous plants that derive nutrients from insects. Human insect-eating is common to cultures in most parts of the world, including North, Central and South America; and Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Definition[edit] In non-humans[edit] History[edit] Mealworms presented in a bowl for human consumption. Bugs Have More Protein Than Beef? Health Benefits of Eating Insects. Agricultural Research Service.

Green Guru: Eating Bugs. Insects are an eco-friendly meat alternative.

Green Guru: Eating Bugs

By Susan Cosier Published: July-August 2012 Are there environmental or health benefits to eating bugs? Andy Greenberg, Brooklyn, NY Wriggling larvae and jumping crickets--baked or pan-fried--are the key to our survival, some entomologists actually argue. From an environmental perspective, it's clear why we should be consuming bugs, says Marcel Dicke, a Dutch entomologist who has been studying the benefits of eating insects--a practice called entomophagy--for the past 15 years. The earth's human population will swell from seven billion to nine billion by 2050.

Some adventurous entrepreneurs are trying to popularize insect-based foodstuffs. Send recipes or other questions to Recipes from David George Gordon, bug chef and author of Eat-A-Bug Cookbook Sheesh! Yield: Six servings Ingredients 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon honey 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt.