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UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
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Ento Box: The Elegant Insect Meal Of The Future Though they’re consumed in most of the world, people in the West tend to be a little squeamish about eating bugs. But a new project from a group of design students in England hopes to put edible insects in a more gourmet light. Avant-garde chefs have been trying to introduce insect eating for some time, but these students approached the question not as a gastronomical issue, but rather a design one: How do you make bugs more appealing? This isn’t just some tounge-in-cheek project to get us to rethink our narrow palettes. On the flipside, the protein-rich diet afforded us by those vast, unsustainable herds of animals is a hallmark of the developed world. This isn’t just an exercise, the students worked with a chef and made real recipes out of real bugs. To get all those benefits, they’ve designed the lovely Ento Box, so that instead of chomping down on those grasshoppers pictured above on a plate, we can instead enjoy sustainable protein while not thinking too much about it.

HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum R... : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal At the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention, Inc., in Orlando, FL, our clients are high-performing professionals from a variety of industries. These men and women face incessant demands on their time, along with the pressure to perform at high levels and balance their careers and personal lives. From our work with elite performers, we have learned that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance. However, when facing seemingly infinite demands, one’s ability to manage and expand physical energy can be severely compromised. This can result in persistent fatigue (physical, but also emotional and mental) and a growing level of disengagement with one’s career, family, friends, and personal well-being, which can ultimately lead to performance failure. Traditionally, resistance training often is performed separately from aerobic training — typically on two or three nonconsecutive days each week. Contraindications Exercise Selection Exercise Order 1. 2.

Arsenic Levels in Chicken Raise Health Concerns Levels of inorganic arsenic found in samples of chicken may be responsible for a slight increase in cancer risk to consumers over their lifetimes, according to a study by researchers at John Hopkins University published this week. That research comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration two weeks ago by the Center for Food Safety and eight other government watchdog organizations which demands that the FDA respond to a three-year-old petition to disallow compounds containing arsenic from food animal feed. The samples of chicken in the John Hopkins study were collected in 2010 and 2011, just before Pfizer, the manufacturer of 3-Nitro (also known as roxarsone), an antibiotic containing arsenic, suspended sales of the product in summer 2011. In 2011, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine concluded that the safe level of inorganic arsenic in chicken meat stood at 1 part per billion (ppb). © Food Safety News

Could This Slick Packaging Convince People To Eat Bugs? Care for grasshopper chips or cricket croquettes? How about mealworm sushi? If you were raised in the West, you’d probably rather eat vomit. Which is a shame, because insects are actually a great source of protein--and they’re healthier and gentler on the environment than commercially raised livestock. Here to convince the squeamish masses that gobbling up creepy-crawlers isn’t the grossest thing on earth are four students in the Innovation Design Engineering Masters program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. That starts with the look of the insects themselves. By “abstracted” he means “ground up the little buggers so they don’t evoke something you’d normally swat with a newspaper.” Then, they got to work packaging the recipes for max shelf appeal. Our goal was to make the brand fit three key characteristics: futuristic, natural, and friendly. Could something like this actually work? We’re in a similar boat today.

Australian Man Dead for 40 Minutes Brought Back to Life By New Resuscitation Technique 39-year old Colin Fielder from Victoria, Australia was clinically dead for 40 minutes—that is until a new resuscitation technique from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne brought him back to life By Robert Christie | May 14, 2013 08:48 AM EDT The same way mobile phones and laptops are a target for hackers, the United States Food and Drug Administration is afraid medical machines could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. The FDA is calling for more security on the devices (Photo : REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) 39-year old Colin Fielder from Victoria, Australia was clinically dead for 40 minutes—that is until a new resuscitation technique from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne brought him back to life, according to Herald Sun. The new technique is one of two being performed by the hospital. The hospital is experimenting with a mechanical CPR machine which executes continual chest compressions. Fielder suffered a heart attack in June 2012 and was clinically dead for 40 minutes.

24 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Food Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson, co-founders of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank compiled a list of powerful TED Talks that are helping to save our global food system. The range of topics vary from obesity and hunger to urban gardening to the way food is marketed to children. We realize it’s a long list, but consider choosing these videos over the crappy reality shows that rot what’s left of the functioning cells in your brain after a long day at the office. Before you know it, you’ll be wishing there were a few more to peruse. 1. Thurow, author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, explains the profound “disease of the soul” that hunger represents, and how empowering smallholder farmers can bring long-term sustainable health and hope to the people of Africa. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Chef Andres highlights the power of cooking. 11. 12. Meat consumption and urbanism are rising hand-in-hand. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Make your own protein snacks at home with this tabletop insect farm Industrial designer Katharina Unger has created a sustainable system that will allow people to add protein to their diet by breeding and harvesting fly larvae at home. The sleek project is called Farm 432, and calls to mind iconic designs like the original iMac — if Jony Ive created insect-harvesting stations, that is. It consists of a large chamber; fly larvae are placed inside a small holding pen at the top. After they transform into flies, they exit the holding pen for the larger chamber where they mate and produce new larvae. Those fall down into a hidden chamber dubbed "kindergarten," where they grow and eventually climb up through a tube — Unger calls the process "self-harvesting" — and then fall into a removable cup. There the larvae can be taken out, cooked, and eaten — with a few choice candidates placed back into the holding pen at the top to start the process again. "When you cook them, they smell a bit like cooked potatoes."

Medicare Provider Charge Data As part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that summarize the utilization and payments for procedures and services provided to Medicare fee-for service beneficiaries by specific inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, and other suppliers. These data include information for the 100 most common inpatient services, 30 common outpatient services, and all physician and other supplier procedures and services performed on 11 or more Medicare beneficiaries. Providers determine what they will charge for items,services, and procedures provided to patients and these charges are the amount the providers bill for an item, service, or procedure. Please use the navigation bar to the left to view more information on the inpatient, outpatient, and physician and other supplier analyses and to access the data for download. Inquiries regarding this data can be sent to MedicareProviderData@cms.hhs.gov.

Insects au Gratin workshops What if you could design your dinner with a click? Will 3D printing technologies finally take over our kitchens? Explore the future of food, debate the consumption of insects as a potential alternative to traditional livestock, and watch a live 3D food-printing demo. Susana Soares, speculative designer, London South Bank University Collaborators:Steak Studio, design and production, www.steakstudio.com Guest speakers:Dr Peter Walters, engineer, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England Dr Kenneth Spears, food scientist, London South Bank University These workshops are free. Thursday 2 May, 15.00-17.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Thursday 2 May, 19.00-21.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Friday 3 May, 11.00-13.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Friday 3 May, 15.00-17.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Bookings are limited to two per person. <div>Browser does not support script.

Future Food Salon April 18, 2013, Toronto. Family Medical Costs Still Rising The good news is health care costs are going up more slowly. The bad news is that families continue to see larger medical bills. The typical cost to cover a family of four now exceeds $22,000, including the amount paid in insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, according to the latest Milliman Medical Index for 2013. Milliman, an actuarial and benefits consultant, puts the cost at slightly less than the amount a family might pay to send a child to an in-state public college for a year. This year’s increase over last was only 6.3 percent, according to the analysis from Milliman, having dropped steadily from the 7.8 increase it calculated for the year-over-year increase in 2010. Milliman calculates that employers pick up the bulk of the costs, paying nearly $13,000 of the overall tab.The employee pays the remaining $9,000, divided between the worker’s share of premiums and that worker’s out-of-pocket costs.

The rise of the protein drinks for ordinary people 6 June 2013Last updated at 10:24 ET By Duncan Walker BBC News Magazine Protein products are increasingly being marketed in supermarkets to ordinary people. Do they serve any real purpose for non-athletes? The "sport-related" protein product sector is booming. But there's now a wave of products where the branding marks a departure from the traditional world of the protein supplement. The classic protein drinks have usually been characterised by displays of over-sized bottles and tubs, often with labels depicting rippling torsos. The typical customer was someone who wanted to build muscle and aid recovery after a serious workout. But the latest generation is positioned more around healthy lifestyle. In the UK, a "high protein dairy drink" called Upbeat is the latest product to get a big marketing push. Similar lifestyle protein products can be seen in the US on the shelves of the likes of Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Walgreens, and CVS. But there's an elephant in the room. Continue reading the main story

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