Note: This post was translated from French, so please forgive any inconsistencies. This month we have another exciting interview with a successful insectpreneurs: Damien & Anne Huysmans of Green Kow in Belgium. Not only is it great to hear the details of how these entrepreneurs get started in the industry, their struggles, first wins and advice. But it is also great to see a company that has managed to enter the mainstream with their edible insect products – Green Kow have their products on the shelves at a major Belgian supermarket chain. So jump right in and see how[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]