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Protein alternatives worm their way onto the dinner plate Demand is increasing for protein alternatives, source of ingredients and superfoods. Will traditional protein sources be replaced by a cheaper and more sustainable source such as insects? Insects are nutrient-rich and a great source of protein, and around two billion people worldwide already include insects as part of their diet. With the world population projected to grow to around 9 billion by 2050, it is essential to develop different protein sources. Over 1,000 species of edible insects currently exist, including water beetles, wasps and larvae.   Ana Christina Day, Founder &[...]
Insects as a Protein Alternative
Have you ever considered eating an insect, even just for fun? Maybe not. What are your alternative sources of protein then? Not meat, or even fish, but something like soy or beans or even eggs? If you are a vegetarian or vegan, this is a daily concern. And even if you are not, it’s good to eat something different once in a while, right? But some people don’t have this luxury, and in the not too distant future, you might not either. How about eating insects for protein then?   The Need for Alternative Protein Sources Do you know how[...]
Current State of Legislation For Insects As Food
Insects as an alternative source of food, or more specifically protein, is starting to become a very hot topic. Before I continue, I believe it’s important to note that more than 2 billion people worldwide already include insect in their daily diets. It’s North American and European cultures that haven’t embraced insects as a sustainable, responsible food source.  One area where the topic of entomophagy is taking hold is in the professional arena. Last year there was the first major conference: Insects to feed the world Conference, held between May 14-17, 2014: The first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450[...]
Insect Food Products Currently Available
In this post I am going to show you what insect food products are currently available online and sometimes even in the supermarkets! You may have heard about an insect food product on the internet or even on your supermarket shelves? Maybe you even saw a sign “edible insects for sale” somewhere! As the trend rapidly increases, more and more companies are putting products out there that contain insects. And in this post I want to show you the breadth and depth of products we have seen. The following will show you a list of food with insects. I have included such information[...]
Cricket Flour & Powder – The New Protein Powder?
Cricket protein is fast becoming one of the hottest items on the “insects as food” train. The reasons for this are perhaps many, like the nutritional and environmental benefits and the ease with which you can produce powder and flour from it. So in this blog post I thought we should take a deeper look at why cricket based products are something you should have on your insect radar  too.   Nutritional Benefits of Cricket Powder [toc]You might be asking yourself: why cricket powder? or what are the benefits of such foods? After all, you probably have your favorite protein[...]
How Insect Farming Helps Farmers In Developing Countries
In this post, I am going to show you how insect farming is not only revolutionizing the Western World, but also having huge impact on the lives of people in developing countries too. As many of you may have heard, Insect farming is a new trend that is sweeping the western world. It is rising from our needs for animal protein, an increasing need that cannot continue to be meet as the world population explodes. Insect farming involves raising insects for agricultural purposes and is an inexpensive solution for providing environmentally sustainable food for both humans and animals. In fact, we have covered this in[...]
Insect Recipes: Tasty Bugs For Your Next Meal
I may not be the next Jamie Oliver of the insect world, but I do love reading about all the insect food possibilities that surround us. There are a lot of inspirational chefs, cooks and insect lovers out there and in this post I want to give them a shout out and highlight their amazing work. I have certainly not used all of these recipes, but I look forward to your responses to these (on Twitter, or email me) and any additions you might have to the list. So without further ado, here with go with some entomophagy recipes… Roasting Tips[...]
How Insects Can Help Preserve Our Resources & Increase Global Food Security
Can we really afford to keep producing food the way we do today, and still provide for generations to come? Both human and animal food production as it currently stands is a very wasteful process. And when you take into account that: by 2050, food production is projected to increase by about 70 percent globally and nearly 100 percent in developing countries We need to start changing the way we approach food production, before the problems become too big to handle. It’s starting to become a question of global food security! But what are some of the issues that causing so[...]
Business Opportunities Within Edible Insects 2015 – An Industry Report
The edible insect market is flourishing and there are already a number of companies out there pushing the boundaries in the industry. In fact, even though most consumers may not yet realize it, there are already edible insect products on the shelves (both physical and virtual). However, despite these amazing achievements, there is still a long way to go in order to bring mainstream business and consumers on board. So we at 4Ento are grateful to have teamed up an amazing marketing agency called Invenire to dig deep and uncover all the facts on the edible insect market. The plan…an in-depth industry report[...]
Europe Agrees to Allow Insects as Food
Exciting things are afoot in the Insects as Food arena, especially in Europe! As you may recall from our previous article on this topic, the topic of including insects in people’s diets has been a big discussion in Europe. While more that 2 billion people worldwide already include insects in their daily diet, both the United States and Europe have concerns when it comes to allowing the use of insects as food. As we all know, there are many amazing benefits to eating insects, including comparable protein by weight to more popular options such as turkey and fish. This, along with the fact that farming insects also takes[...]