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The worm has turned: how British insect farms could spawn a food revolution

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An exciting article in the Guardian on the increase in bug production in the UK.

It talks about the UK’s 1st cricket farm in Cumbria, a partnership by the eatgub guys and Howard Bell.

The article mentions Edible bug farm who farm mealworms. The Brighton Bug Boys who are working on modular, phone box-sized insect farms that can be connected together to make larger facilities. Jiminy’s Cricket Farm in Northampton who is also looking to produce cricket flour.

I hope they get the all clear for their cricket farm as it could lead to lower cricket flour prices which is good for everyone.

Read the full article here

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Pestaurant at Northeast PA Home Showcase

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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

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This Hong Kong startup wants to make eating bugs the next big thing

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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

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Grow mealworms at home

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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