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The main interests are:
- the use of specific insect species as a reliable, efficient and tasty food source for humans
- the use of insect species for producing feed for animal use
- insect farming
- insect cousine
- information on where to buy specific insects on diferent latitudes
- the future role of insects to the human race and sustainable growth
- various conservation methods as food or feed

Companies Insect based Online Files/03. 3MF Research Brochure.pdf. En 2050 : nous mangerons des insectes. Sites entomovores. Entomphagy Videos. Other uses for insects. Entomophagy Projects. Featured Creatures. Founded in 1996, Featured Creatures provides in-depth profiles of insects, nematodes, arachnids and other organisms. The site is a cooperative venture of the University of Florida's Entomology and Nematology Department and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Plant Industry .

Eating Insects. Insectes en tant qu'aliments (entomophagie) Articles reports and research.

Costa Rica Entomophagy

Insect species. Insect proteins. Articles. Insectes. Vidéo. Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects? Insectes en tant qu'aliments (entomophagie) Scientists 'grow' edible insects in Costa Rica - Health News, Health & Families. Entomologist Manuel Zumbado's research into this alternative food source is inspired by practices in Africa, where insects have long been part of people's diet. With its rainforests playing host to countless insect species, including thousands that have yet to be identified, Costa Rica is a perfect breeding ground for the work.

From leaf-cutting ants to rhinoceros beetles and a dizzying flurry of butterflies, the Central American nation is also a haven of ecotourism. But is it the next hotbed of mouth-watering bugs? The food diversification program at the National Biodiversity Institute in Santo Domingo de Heredia, a small city close to the capital San Jose, looks into indigenous insect species. But it also examines mushrooms, inspired by their importance in diets from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. At the institute, Costa Rican scientists mingle with Bhutan mycology expert Ugyen Yangchen and Elisabeth Zannou, an entomologist from Benin. "It's worth the effort to taste them," he added.

Eating Insects.

Buying insects

Raising farming insects. Insect farming patents. Can Insect Farming Solve World Hunger? How many ways can you spell YUMMY! The day when restaurants will serve garlic grasshoppers or beetle larva skewers is getting closer in Costa Rica, where scientists are “growing” insects for human consumption. Entomologist Manuel Zumbado’s research into this alternative food source is inspired by practices in Africa, where insects have long been part of people’s diet. With its rainforests playing host to countless insect species, including thousands that have yet to be identified, Costa Rica is a perfect breeding ground for the work. From leaf-cutting ants to rhinoceros beetles and a dizzying flurry of butterflies, the Central American nation is also a haven of ecotourism. But is it the next hotbed of mouth-watering bugs? The food diversification program at the National Biodiversity Institute in Santo Domingo de Heredia, a small city close to the capital San Jose, looks into indigenous insect species.

“In other countries, gourmet restaurants serve insects,” he noted. Replace cattle? Edible insects produce smaller quantities of greenhouse gases. ( -- Insects produce much smaller quantities of greenhouse gases per kilogram of meat than cattle and pigs. This is the conclusion of Dutch team of scientists at Wageningen University, who have joined forces with government and industry to investigate whether the rearing of insects could contribute to more sustainable protein production.

Insect meat could therefore form an alternative to more conventional types of meat. Cattle farming worldwide is a major producer of greenhouse gases. For the assessment of the sustainability of insect meat, the researchers at Wageningen University quantified the production of greenhouse gases of several edible insect species. The research team has for the first time quantified the greenhouse gases produced per kilogram of insect product.

The study indicates that proteins originating from insects in principle form an environmentally-friendly alternative to proteins from meat originating from conventional livestock. Humanity Needs to Start Farming Bugs for Food, Says United Nations Policy Paper. The raising of livestock consumes two-thirds of the planet's farmland, and is a major source of greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, tons of edible, sustainable protein swarms all around us, free for the taking. In a new policy paper being considered by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Belgian entomologist Arnold van Huis makes the sensible recommendation that the western world eat more insects. Farming edible insects like mealworms and crickets would produce far less greenhouse gas -- 10 times less methane and 100 times less nitrous oxide -- than the large mammals we currently farm.

Insects are metabolically much more efficient, which makes them far cheaper to feed and raise; and, since they're so biologically different from humans, they are less subject to contagious disease scares like mad cow. They are high in protein and calcium, and, with over 1,000 edible species, offer plenty of delicious variety. [The Guardian] A List of Edible Insects. Crickets are often thought of as annoying pests by many people, especially farmers who know that crickets can be damaging to crops. Crickets are packed with protein and can be eaten in a variety of ways. From covered in chocolate, dry roasted, or eaten on a stick, crickets are said to have an earthy flavor and are fast becoming a treat for adventurous consumers.

Insect cousine

Insect Recipes. Insects - Cooking - Entomophagy. Insect recipes. Harvesting of insects in South Africa and Japan- Indigenous Knowledge in the Classroom. Harvesting of insects in South Africa and Japan- Indigenous Knowledge in the Classroom Rob Toms and Kenichi Nonaka Examples of insect eating are found in many different cultures throughout the world. In South Africa insect eating is especially important in the northern provinces such as Limpopo, North-West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Some of the most important edible insects are mopane worms, locusts, bees, termites and edible stink-bugs. The cultural uses of these insects is different, as is the lifecycle of the insects and the requirements for sustainable harvesting. With the development of the new OBE (Outcomes Based Education) in South Africa, one of the outcomes that needs to be achieved is an understanding of IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems).

We are exploring ways in which IKS can also be used in the teaching of other outcomes and this paper is a contribution towards this goal. Sustainable Harvesting in South Africa Sustainable Harvesting in Japan Table 1. More information: Department of Biology | Edible Insects. We’ve had a couple of concerned inquiries resulting from some unexpected, 6 legged, dinner time garnishes. It happens, at least once in your life your cereal was ruined by the crunch of something in your mouth that you are pretty sure was not a raisin. Not to fear, most insects are percfectly edible!

It has been estimated that the average North American inadvertently ingests 1 to 2 pounds of insects each year. As squeamish as the thought of involuntarily eating an insect may be, you’re mind may rest easy to know that approximately 80% of the world’s population VOLUNTARILY eat insects! "Entomophagy" is a common practice in countries such as Mexico, the Phillipines, and many African countries. Fried insects in a Thailand market Newfoundland may not be the most exotic place when it comes to insect cuisine, but edible insects can be found right in your back yard, pet store, and bait shop.

Why, you ask would one even consider eating such a thing? The nutrition value of some edible insects. Eco-Friendly Protein: Edible Bugs. (images via Bill Hail, Kent Wang, $ensai) In certain cultures around the world, creatures like beetles, stink bugs, and grubs are not seen as pests, but as food items. In places where protein sources are rare, they are a vital part of the diet. Though they are relegated to game show gross-out props in much of the West, these creatures are quite eco-friendly as food. They consume relatively little, and do not require grazing land or antibiotics. Perhaps these crawling, wiggling animals will have a role to play in a greener future.

Giant Water Beetles (image via travel leisure, su-lin and North by North East) These beetles are fried or roasted and are said to have a flavor that is not unlike scallops. Caterpillars and Witchetty Grubs (images via Kent Wang and Northern Territory News) Caterpillars are a popular food source because they are common over most of the world. Witchetty Grubs have been a traditional food among Australia’s indigenous community for centuries. Tarantulas Casu Marzu Cicadas. Eating Insects. Insects as Food, by Gene DeFoliart; Home Page. Edible insects around the world. FINL Vol. 9, No. 1 Mealworms: Raising Mealworms for Food. The Food Insects Newsletter Raising MealwormsMarch 1996. Volume 9, Issue #1. (This article is adapted from a leaflet prepared by the Insectarium of Montreal for the public.

The leaflet contains several illustrations and photos and is available free in French and English. It is a much-needed contribution and an excellent start in making food insects more of a possibility for the general public in North America. The leaflet contains exactly the kinds of information for which many of our U.S.A. and Canadian Newsletter readers have been asking. Another leaflet is now available on crickets and will be featured in the next Newsletter with appropriate recipes. Partial text of the leaflet: Eating insects is a long-standing tradition in many cultures. For many in the Western world, insects are viewed as a culinary curiosity, and are most often considered the last resort of people in other parts of the world who have nothing else to eat.

How to Raise Mealworms Mealworm Recipes Mealworm Cookies. Meat producers should replace cattle with insects, scientists say. Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that insects produce significantly less greenhouse gas per kilogram of meat than cattle or pigs. Their study, published in the online journal PLoS One, suggests that a move towards insect farming could result in a more sustainable - and affordable - form of meat production. The rearing of cattle and pigs for meat production results in an estimated 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

With worldwide consumption of beef and pork expected to double by 2020, alternatives are being investigated. Of these, perhaps the most notable has been the development of "in-vitro meat" which is lab-grown tissue not requiring the production of a whole organism. Initiated by NASA as a form of astronaut food, in-vitro meat production took its first steps in 2000 when scientists used goldfish cells to grow edible protein resembling fish fillets.

However, if the idea of eating meat grown in a lab doesn't appeal to you, there is another option. Entomophagy. Entomophagy (/ˌɛntəˈmɒfədʒi/, from Greek ἔντομον éntomon, "insect", and φᾰγεῖν phagein, "to eat") is the human use of insects as food. The eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults of certain insects have been eaten by humans from prehistoric times to the present day.[1] 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. Over 1,000 species of insects are known to be eaten in 80% of the world's nations.[2] The total number of ethnic groups recorded to practice entomophagy is around 3,000.[3] However, in some societies insect-eating is uncommon or even taboo.[4][5][6][7][8] Today insect eating is rare in the developed world, but insects remain a popular food in many regions of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

Definition[edit] Mealworms presented in a bowl for human consumption In non-humans[edit] History[edit] Uses[edit] Traditional cultures[edit] Western culture[edit] Crickets[edit] For Most People, Eating Bugs Is Only Natural. July 15, 2004 If you think eating insects is gross, you may be in the cultural minority. Throughout history, people have relished insects as food. Today, many cultures still do. Ten thousand years ago hunters and gatherers ate bugs to survive. They probably learned what was edible from observing what animals ate, according to Gene DeFoliart, a professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Eating insects certainly is an old tradition," he said. The ancient Romans and Greeks dined on insects. Aristotle, the fourth-century Greek philosopher and scientist, described in his writings the ideal time to harvest cicadas: "The larva of the cicada on attaining full size in the ground becomes a nymph; then it tastes best, before the husk is broken. The Old Testament encouraged Christians and Jews to consume locusts, beetles, and grasshoppers. In the mid-19th century Maj. Insect Cuisine Many types of insects appear on menus today. Entomophagy: using insects as a food source. TLC Cooking "How Freeze-Drying Works" Recherche Insectes | Les Insectes Comestibles d'Afrique de L'Ouest et Centrale sur Internet. Lincaocnet. The purpose of the LINCAOCNET project (2009-2010) is to collect and disseminate as much information about the edible insect s of French speaking West and Central Africa as possible.

A website has been set up for this purpose ( ) and contains a database of insect s which are consumed in 10 African countries. This information source serves as a basis for better scientific knowledge and for the improved use of insect s as a foodstuff. Importance of the project The project is of importance both for the general public and for the world of science. It promotes on the one hand entomofagy (the consumption of insect s) by providing information which is accessible to everyone, and on the other hand, the management and conservation of edible insect s.

More than 1,700 insect species are consumed in Africa, Asia and America. Website LINCAOCNET If you go to you will find information on each insect observed. How Entomophagy Works" In the 1973 children's book "How to Eat Fried Worms," Billy, the young protagonist, downs 15 worms in 15 days for 50 bucks. On the American game show "Fear Factor," contestants wolfed down larvae, cockroaches and other insects by the handful for a shot at $50,000. It seems that in Western culture, the only time anyone eats an insect is on a bet or a dare. This isn't true in much of the rest of the world. Aside from in the United States, Canada and Europe, most cultures eat insects for their taste, nutritional value and availability. The practice is called entomophagy. ­ What many of these folks don't realize is that they consume loads of insects every year without knowing it. In this article, we'll see what the hullabaloo is over entomophagy.