Green Guru: Eating Bugs Insects are an eco-friendly meat alternative. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
London To Celebrate Insects As Food London has been at the forefront of the insect-eating movement for a while now. The city is home to Daniel Creedon's Archipelago, a groundbreaking restaurant that serves us locusts and crickets along with exotic finds like crocodile and kangaroo. It also hosted René Redzepi's Taste of Noma pop-up restaurant at Clayridge's last year, which brought ants to the table. Next month, the city will welcome a festival dedicated to edible insects. On April 30th and May 1st the Nordic Food Lab will host a discussion on the deliciousness of insects. During the discussion, which will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests will be treated to insect canapés and beer brewed at the Nordic Food Lab. Pestival is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and aims to spread awareness of the environmental benefits of eating insects. ''I know it's taboo to eat bugs in the western world, but why not?'' WATCH: René Redzepi's Grasshopper Sauce
Insect Europe 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. 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. The total number of ethnic groups recorded to practice entomophagy is around 3,000. However, in some societies insect-eating is uncommon or even taboo. 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 Mealworms presented in a bowl for human consumption In non-humans History Uses Traditional cultures Western culture Crickets
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. 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? One big reason: as this infographic shows, insects are far more environmentally friendly than conventional meat, an advantage advocates love to flaunt. Enjoy ... and then decide whether you'll enjoy some grasshoppers. Image: Food Service Warehouse
MiniLivestock 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. 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. Grubs are savored in New Guinea and aboriginal Australia. Cultural Choices But despite its long tradition—and current favor among at least half of the world's peoples—eating insects is still rare, not to mention taboo, in the United States and Europe. One reason, DeFoliart said, is that after Europe became agrarian, insects were seen as destroyers of crops rather than a source of food. "We became invested in livestock, and bugs became the enemy," said David George Gordon, a biologist and the author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. "Eco Protein" Hamburger, for example, is roughly 18 percent protein and 18 percent fat. For more insect news, scroll down.
Mangerons-nous un jour des insectes ? En Thaïlande, les insectes consommés présentent des teneurs en protéines situées entre 7 (œufs de fourmis) et 21 g (Coléoptères aquatiques) par 100 g de poids frais. Leur richesse en protéines peut donc se comparer à celle des œufs (14 g/100 g). Malaisse présente la valeur alimentaire des chenilles consommées en Afrique centrale : « La valeur protéique moyenne s'établit à 63,5 ± 9,0% du poids sec, les valeurs extrêmes étant respectivement de 45,6 et 79,6%; la moyenne lipidique se situe à 15,7 ± 6,3% oscillant entre 8,1 et 35,0% ... l'acide linolénique représente habituellement plus d'un tiers des acides gras... ». Il reste néanmoins quelques défis à surmonter avant de voir les insectes coloniser nos assiettes en Europe. L'approche nutritionnelle ne peut se désintéresser des aspects gustatifs. Les habitudes alimentaires constituent l'un des intérêts majeurs des voyages. Toutefois, un marché d'insectes alimentaires voit progressivement le jour en Europe. Février 2011
Gourmet Bugs A Kit To Grow Bugs At Home, To Eat! As the population grows, so, too, will its hunger for meat. 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. “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]