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Insectpreneur Series: Interview with Grub Co-founder Neil Whippey
Welcome to the first of many exciting interviews with up and coming Insectpreneurs! That’s right, a new word for you all. These are the movers and shakers of the insect/entomophagy industry. People who have started businesses and making a difference in the field, and in the world. I will be presenting one amazing person each month and look forward to sharing their stories and insights with you. Our first guest: Neil Whippey of Grub How Did You Get The Idea For Grub? It was late 2012 when a series of interesting conversations took place between Shami (co-founder) and I. Shami had[...]
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[...]
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 You might be asking yourself: why cricket powder? or what are the benefits of such foods? After all, you probably have your favorite protein powder[...]
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[...]
Insights From The Food Innovation Summit Brussels 2015
Last week I was asked to take part in a panel on Meat Consumption Disruption at the inaugural Food Innovation Summit 2015, in Brussels. It was an amazing and inspiring opportunity to hear about the latest innovations in the food industry, as well the challenges and issues we face concerning food security and more sustainable future in food sourcing and production. We captured insights and impressions from the summit in this Storify. Below are a few takeaways and ideas from the sessions I attended. Phil Hogan, EU commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Keynote speech: Ensuring sustainable food security despite climate and natural resource scarcity: a[...]
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[...]
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 many[...]
Edible Insects: Nutritional Ingredients are Moving Beyond Traditional Offerings
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 & CEO[...]
Edible Insects: The Protein of the Poor?
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?  

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