Are you going to the Northeast PA Home Showcase at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Convention Center, Route 315, Plains Township between March 4th and the 6th???
if you are you have the chance to sample more than just home improvement advice by visiting the “Pestraurant” stand and perhaps taste some of the items that they have including crickets, mealy worms along with lollipops with ants inside them.
The Pestaurant will also be running a charity cricket eating contest where people can see how many crickets they can eat in an bid to raise local awareness of hunger issues.
“In the contest we’ll have regular, unflavoured crickets,” Wes Rost a representative of Ehrlich, “your local pest control expert,” which is a major sponsor of the Home Showcase said. “For people who are not quite that adventuresome, we’ll have some flavoured ones.”
Tickets for the event are $5.00
Burgers made of insects, farmers using satellites to track cows and sheep and personalised meals delivered to doorsteps by drones: these are just some of the ideas of how food could be produced in the future.
A major summit is being held by the UK’s food standards watchdogs this week to look at how changes to global food systems will impact on the country in the next few decades.
Around 200 experts will meet on Thursday at the Our Food Future event organised by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland to discuss issues ranging from the impact of climate change and volatile prices, to the problem of obesity and how technology could transform eating habits.
Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at waste reduction charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), who is speaking at the conference pointed out insect protein was already being used in animal feeds and there was a range of potential alternatives to meat which may be used for human food in the future.
“We have already got mycoprotein on our shelves, the Quorn approach, but there are other things like algae, such as seaweed, and a range of potential proteins that may not just be for animal feed but also for us as humans,”
Read Judith Duffy‘s full article in Scotland’s The Herald newspaper here
A meal of mealworms may seem unconventional, but one environmentally conscious, Hong Kong-based entrepreneur is hoping to change people’s minds when it comes to how they view food. Those people include Chinese consumers, who Katharina Unger, the founder of fashionable mealworm harvesting startup Livin Farms, believes are already on the right track. After all, they certainly have a long history of incorporating insects into foods and medicines, and the fact that the Chinese consumers she’s trying to convince are increasingly captivated by Western health, lifestyle, and design trends helps, too.
The Hive, the mealworm harvesting kit Unger created with Livin Farms, is sleek and simple. Vaguely reminiscent of small, stacked organizational drawers for an office desk, the compact kit enables its user to harvest protein-rich mealworms in their own kitchen, obtaining a sustainable and healthy food source in a small space. Each kit takes about eight to nine weeks to achieve the first harvest, but can produce 200-500 grams of mealworms each week. To complete the package, Livin Farms provides recipes with photos that look like they could have been in the crisp pages of an indie food magazine.
Read Jessica Rapp’s full interview in Jing Daily here
An article on the Natural History Museum’s website with Dr Duncan Sivell,Curator of Diptera, who for one of the museum’s late-night openings, created a wine tasting with edible insects.
During the event guests will experience a selection of insects including giant ants, grasshoppers and mealworms which were matched with a wine which has been chosen to complement the insects taste.
The article can be read on the museum’s website here
By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun February 12, 2016
An article on 100 Million Years of Food the new book from Stephen Le a Biological anthropologist from the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. The book discusses the evolution of the human diet and some of the topics covered are:
- Is a Paleo/ low diet healthy
- Why is it difficult to loose weight
- Can eating vegetables improve your health
Going through the history of the human diet from our hunter gather days, the first days or agriculture to the ongoing mixed messages on fat and cholesterol.
Le also discusses how insects will become more accepted as a food source in the future, something that he researched in various parts of the globe, where he discovered that the western diet has started to turn people off their insect eating traditions.
You can read the article here and more on Stephen at his website here
Throw away your vegetable waste caddy, there’s a new way to recycle the kitchen scraps into food in the kitchen..The Hive from Livinfarms.
It’s not cheap at around $600 but you could turn those kitchen scraps and some oats into mealworms (up to 500g every week). The Austrian firm started by Katharina Unger and Julia Kaisinger was funded through kickstarter and due to ship in 2016. Read more in the article in Good
Article in International Business Times by Ritwik Roy about Peter Bickerton who for the last five years has included insects; mainly waxworms, locust and crickets after family health scares.
This article can be read here and the origianl Mirror newspaper story here.
An article from the Mirror newspaper UK about Public engagement officer Peter BickertonPeter, 24, from Blackburn.
Peter, who includes Mealworm pizza, spaghetti with bug bolognese and locust bugers as part of his diet took this step after a series of medical scares.
Read the full story by Pesala Bandara in the Mirror here
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The very thought of eating insects grosses people out. The image of a creepy, crawly, bug working its way down your windpipe doesn’t exactly conjure up feelings of the contentment we feel with other foods.
But why not? How is it that a cow, pig, chicken, or fish seem more appetizing than other creatures? In other cultures who don’t have the “luxury” of consuming conventional sources of protein regularly, insects are a perfectly legitimate choice. In fact, 2 billion people worldwide eat insects regularly as a food source, and North America is JUST starting to catch on.
If you’re not sure yet, consider these 5 compelling reasons you should consider eating more insects.
- Packed with nutrition
- Great survival food
- More sustainable and better for the planet
- Form of pest control
- Food security for impoverished countries
Read Derek Henry‘s full article in Natural News here
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A new study has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population.
Researchers from Kenya and Zimbabwe collected stink bugs and searched for chemical components such as antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids and toxins.
The researchers identified seven essential fatty acids for human nutrition and health out of the ten they found, four flavonoids and 12 amino acids, including two considered to be the most limiting in cereal-based diets.
Read the full article on All Africa.com here