This article was written for Hi Europe and originally published on insights.ingredientsnetwork.com In the world of edible insects, we find the cochineal one of the few water-soluble red colorants to resist degradation with time. If we look at history, the aesthetic aspects of food were not a major consideration until relatively recently, and began to change fundamentally with the onset of the Industrial Revolution. (Today, for example, a Spanish paella rice dish would be unacceptable to any Spaniard without the saffron yellow coloring. My grandmother would send it back to the kitchen). From the early nineteenth century, a trend developed to add substances to food[...]
The following are 8 Fun Facts About Insects that we have collected for you in a lovely slide deck. Did you know that insects are an excellent source of high quality protein? They are! There are probably a lot of things that you didn’t know about insects and how they are paving the way for a more sustainable food-source in our future. Let us know if you have any to add!     8 Crunchy Facts About Insects – You Probably Didn’t Know   You need 22,000 Liters to produce 1 kilo of beef, and 1 Liter to produce 1[...]
This article was written for the #HiEurope trade show in Amsterdam and first published on the Ingredients Network.  While three quarters of the food industry and NGOs claim to be looking for solutions to solve the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population, two vital questions still go unanswered: How will corporate responsibility initiatives lead to finding solutions to the world food challenge? How prepared are we as citizens (and corporations) to take the steps necessary to reduce biodiversity devastation?   Is there no other way or viable food alternative? A small, mighty and much-overlooked source of protein has been buzzing around[...]
Edible Insects List – Which Insects Can You Eat?
There are over 900 thousand documented types of insects in the world, but of course not all of them are edible or readily available. Below is a list of the most common edible insects (or bugs if you prefer) and why you should be trying them. Even if you do not believe insects are for human consumption.   List of Common Edible Insects This is a small but useful list of the edible insects/bugs available as products at the moment. Crickets One of the insects leading the way in the edible insect movement is the cricket. They contain a reasonable amount[...]
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 &[...]
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[...]
What is Entomophagy?   With the world in search of alternative food sources, the word Entomophagy is starting to appear all over the web. So what is Entomophagy? Well, according to Wikipedia Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects as food And in fact the word is derived from the Greek words for insects and to eat. However, is it as simple as that?   A Broad Definition The broader definition of Entomophagy actually includes arthropods that are not insects such as some arachnids (spiders) and also myriapods (centipedes).   Who is Easting Insects? Traditional Entomophagy – Eastern World Even though the idea of[...]
Ento Food Q&A
Insects. Quick Introduction:   Insects are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms.   At some 1.3 million described species, insects account for more than two-thirds of all known organisms, date back some 400 million years, and have many kinds of interactions with humans and other forms of life on earth.   Entomology is the scientific study of insects, a branch of arthropodology, which in turn is a branch of biology.   Learn more about entomophagy   Top Frequently Asked Questions:   Q: What is Entomophagy ? A: Entomophagy (from Greek éntomon, “insect”, and phagein, “to eat”) is the[...]