News 2013

23 December 2013 Wie weet koopt u volgend jaar wel een kokosmacaron met buffaloworm bij uw bakker, of smeert u insectenpasta op uw boterham. Het kan, nu het Federaal Voedselagentschap het licht op groen heeft gezet voor het kweken en verhandelen van tien insectensoorten in België. ‘Verschillende bedrijven staan te trappelen om te produceren’, zegt kenner Peter De Batist in Het Nieuwsblad. [more]
Food Security Can Come in Tiny, Wiggly Packages 17 December 2013 It is known as the land of copper to the outside world, but there’s another c-word that does a roaring trade in Zambia, albeit locally – caterpillars. [more]
Need to Know: How to eat bugs 19 November 2013 On this week’s “TechKnow,” Torres visits a variety of scientists, chefs, and farmers who are cultivating insects for the purposes of eating and learns how bugs may become the world’s most important source of protein. [more]
Photoguide on edible insects 18 November 2013 Whatever your pleasure, you have your choice from more than 1,400 edible insects to choose from. If you’re from the United States, Europe or Canada, you may think that eating a bug is something reserved for bets, dares and reality TV shows. The rest of the world has a different perspective. [more]
Das Steak der Zukunft hat Fühler 7 November 2013 (Article in German)The Austria/Switzerland branch of the popular VICE magazine, interviewed Christopher Münke from the FAO Edible Insect programme on his own experience with eating insects and the potential as a food source and how they fit into Western diets. Das populäre VICE Magazin (Österreich/Schweiz), interviewte Christopher Münke vom Programm für Essbare Insekten, über seine eigenen Erfahrungen und das Potential von Insekten als Nahrungsmittel und Futtermittel in der westlichen Ernährungslandschaft. [more]
Chef sings the praises of green ants and other crawly critters 19 October 2013 The world's most influential chef would like Australians to eat more insects. ''Insects are future foods,'' says Rene Redzepi, the Noma chef whose lofty reputation was built on his dexterous modern food based in an extreme brand of locavorism (locally sourced food). ''Meat will become too expensive. But the only way you can get people to eat things they're culturally unsure of is to make them delicious.'' [more]
Insects in animal feed? EU project calls for law change to improve meat sustainability 18 October 2013 Insects could be used in animal feed to improve the sustainability of meat production – but insects are currently not allowed in feed under EU legislation. An EU-funded project is suggesting that the law needs to change. [more]
Bug sushi: Why eating insects is good for the environment 11 September 2013 A growing number of forward-thinking chefs are putting insects on their menus - often grasshoppers and mealworms, but also more exotic fare such as creamy bee larvae or zesty carpenter ants. [more]
Edible insects publication now available as e-book 19 July 2013 Launched during the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, this publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It is now available in e-book format, offering greater content accessibility, portability and ease of use. Download to your iPad, Kindle, Nook or Sony Reader and highlight interesting passages, bookmark pages, make notes or search the full-text content with one click. You can also download the publication from [more]
Insect protein ‘similar to conventional meat’ 8 July 2013 The crude protein content in several edible insect species is similar to that in conventional meat products according to a new study from Wageningen University, which adds to a mounting body of research on the potential of insect protein. [more]
Protein with crunch 27 June 2013 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Office (FAO)'s recent report, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security" estimates that about 2 billion people worldwide - largely in Asia, Africa and Latin America - are entomophagists, as people who eat insects are known. It also urges all of us to turn to insects as a protein source and makes the point that the creepy-crawlies are a resource that will allow the world to keep up with its increasing population while saving the environment. [more]
Rub a Dub Dub, Is It Time to Eat Grubs? 4 June 2013 Excuse me, waiter, but there’s not a fly in my soup. Increasing the prominence of insects on menus is just one of the suggestions made in a report recently issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) The recommendation to consider the untapped potential of insects as food comes at a time when there is looming concern regarding food security. The world population is anticipated reach nine billion by 2050, and food production will need to double to meet the corresponding increased need for food. [more]
Mexico's insects may hold the key to battling hunger 30 May 2013 Long before Timon and Pumbaa from the Lion King popularized the phrase “Slimy, yet satisfying,” a whole gastronomic culture around insects already existed in Mexico. About 1 million of the 1.4 million named animal species on Earth are insects, and they have the potential to fight malnutrition around the world, said the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations . [more]
U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try 14 May 2013 A report released Monday by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth, hundreds of which are already part of the diet in many countries. [more]
The United Nations Says We Should All Be Eating Insects 14 May 2013 The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a part of the United Nations, has released a report saying that we should all get ready to start eating insects. [more]
Forest products critical to fight hunger - including insects 13 May 2013 Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May). [more]
Insects — a new nutritious ingredient for school lunches? 13 May 2013 A new United Nations report titled “Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security” says that at least 2 billion people on Earth eat insects and that they are a nutritious, environmentally sound way to feed people. [more]
UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger 13 May 2013 The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. [more]
Information guide: The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment 12 May 2013 The use of insects as food and feed has many environmental, health and social/livelihood benefits. For the past decade, FAO has worked in the development of edible insects programmes worldwide. Read the latest information guide on insects and food security. [more]
Waste-Guzzling Fly Factory Wins Innovation Prize 8 May 2013 A fly factory that transforms blood, guts, manure and discarded food into animal feed wins a $100 000 UN-backed innovation prize. The South Africa-based initiative uses the prolific egg layers to recycle industry's cast-offs into reusable protein by mimicking nature and harnessing the winged insects, usually regarded as pests. The factory won the Innovation Prize for Africa, a joint initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Innovation Foundation. [more]
Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security 3 May 2013 Coming soon, a new book " Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security" and an information guide will be launched during the forthcoming International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition , 13 – 15 May 2013 at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy. The information guide "The contribution of insects to food security, livelihoods and the environment" is a 4 page summary of the key issues addressed in “Edible insects: future prospects for feed and food security.” It is intended for a broad range of stakeholders such as the media and decision makers. The Spanish and French versions of the guide will also be available soon. [more]
Information guide in German: Der Beitrag von Insekten zu Nahrungssicherung, Lebensunterhalt und Umwelt 1 May 2013 Seit 2003 befasst die FAO sich mit essbaren Insekten in vielen Ländern weltweit. Klicken Sie hier für eine neue Informationsbroschüre zu Insekten und Ernährungssicherheit. [more]
New publication: Edible insects - Future prospects for food and feed security 1 May 2013 Launched during the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, this publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products. [more]

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