News 2011

Stomach bugs 5 December 2011 We westerners are curiously fussy eaters. We'll happily consume the pulped nether regions of factory-farmed pigs if they're labelled as sausages, while some of us positively salivate at the idea of grotesquely enlarged goose liver. But when we see someone munching on a free-range cricket, we gag. [more]
What would a bushtucker diet of bugs and mouse tails do to the body? 3 December 2011 As the annual spectacle of celebrities eating jungle nasties draws to a close this weekend, what's the nutritional value of an I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! style diet? [more]
East Africa Develops Taste for Insect Diet 7 November 2011 Faced with the two way tragedy of persistent drought and plague infestation, a growing number of consumers from East and Horn of Africa are warming up to the inclusion of insect diet in the food chain to tame the hunger stretch. [more]
Taste test: Insects increasingly crawling onto Western plates 5 October 2011 Whether Daniel Creedon’s words are of wisdom or folly, insects are creeping onto plates in the Western world. No longer just the preserve of reality shows like Fear Factor , bugs are not only an object of culinary curiosity, like at Creedon’s Archipelago Restaurant in London, but could also be a key, eco-friendly source of nutrition. [more]
It's time to eat insects for the good of the planet, say experts 14 September 2011 "The European consumer has some difficulties in crunching a whole insect", says Professor Arnold Van Huis, capturing in one dry sentence the gamut of faint distaste to full-on revulsion that many Europeans feel about the idea of snacking on their local grasshopper. [more]
The Six-Legged Meat of the Future 9 February 2011 Could beetles, dragonfly larvae and water bug caviar be the meat of the future? As the global population booms and demand strains the world's supply of meat, there's a growing need for alternate animal proteins. Insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, and they're low in fat. Insects are easier to raise than livestock, and they produce less waste. Insects are abundant. Of all the known animal species, 80% walk on six legs; over 1,000 edible species have been identified. And the taste? It's often described as "nutty." [more]

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