Importance of Insects Insects are by far, the most common animals on our planet. More than 1.5 million species of insects have been named. This is three times the number of all other animals combined. Many are yet to be discovered. Insects pollinate many of our fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Don’t forget honey, beeswax, silk, and other useful products that insects provide. Many insects can eat a variety of foods including plants, fungi, dead animals, decaying organic matter. Insects are very important as primary or secondary decomposers. Without insects to help break down and dispose of wastes, dead animals and plants would accumulate in our environment and it[...]
Entomophagy… …is a term of Ancient Greek origins, and means using insects as a source of food. It is exemplified by insects that eat other insects, birds, amphibians and mammals. Non-human animals that feed on insects are known as insectivores. The term also describes human insect-eating, which can be found in parts of North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. Insect-eating is uncommon, or even taboo in some societies. Videos Should We All Be Eating Insects? Should we eat bugs? By Emma Bryce Let’s Talk About Entomophagy by[...]
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[...]
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?
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 [SlideDeck] 1. You need 22,000 Liters to produce 1 kilo of beef, and 1 Liter to produce 1[...]
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[...]