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Improving Cricket Farming to Feed More People

Innovations to raise edible insects more efficiently will drive down the cost of this promising food commodity that is growing in popularity in North America and Europe. ATHENS, GEORGIA, JULY 7 2015 – New research begins today in the first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded project to focus on insect farming for human food, concentrating on improving efficiency and lowering costs in farming crickets. With around 25 U.S. and Canadian companies currently producing consumer […]

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Dr. Aaron T. Dossey Speaking at IFT Chicago

Athens, Georgia— Dr. Aaron T. Dossey from All Things Bugs will explore the use of insect-based foods at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, July 13, 2015 in Chicago. This event is hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists. Despite billions of pounds of insects produced for the pet food and animal feed industry, a huge global potential exists for nutritious food and ingredient production from insects. The “Insect Based Foods: Views From Different Perspectives” session […]

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All Things Bugs: We’re having conversations with a lot of mainstream food manufacturers

While cost is a barrier – and regulatory issues need ironing out – mainstream food manufacturers “have been way more open to this [using edible insects in their products] than you would probably think”, says the founder of the world’s largest insect-based food ingredient manufacturer. And given how long it takes larger manufactures to bring new products to market, food companies want to be ahead of the curve from an R&D perspective by starting to experiment with cricket powders […]

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Weak Oversight Is Holding Back Edible Insects

BY KYLE LIGMAN / MARCH 28, 2015 2:22 PM EDT On a rainy night in New York City last December, a man in a leather jacket stood alone in a dark parking garage just across from Penn Station. He held a briefcase tightly and wore a straw fedora that hid his eyes. Inside his case were samples of his specially milled cricket powder, created using a process developed with funding from the U.S. Department of […]

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Athens Scientist Aaron Dossey Is Filling Bellies with Bugs

By Allison Floyd Monday, November 10th, 2014 Aaron Dossey thinks crickets could provide life-sustaining protein to malnourished children in developing countries. So far, the Gates Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture have thought enough of the idea to give him more than half a million dollars to figure it out. “When I first started taking this seriously, it was 2009, and I was having lunch with a group of entomology students,” Dossey says. “I was […]

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Crickets for Food? Bugs Show Protein Potential

By Allison Floyd Monday, November 10th, 2014 Aaron Dossey thinks crickets might be the next big product for farmers, a drought tolerant crop that could be a valuable food source one day. Dossey and a handful of other researchers around the world are working to refine the process to dry and pulverize crickets into a powder that can be used as a food supplement for health conscious consumers or malnourished children in parts of the […]

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INSIDE THE EDIBLE INSECT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

AS HUMANS EAT MORE BUGS, A $20 MILLION INDUSTRY HAS SPRUNG UP—COMPLETE WITH EDIBLE INSECT BUSINESS CONSULTANTS. BY ANYA HOFFMAN Each morning after arriving at his office in Youngstown, Ohio, Kevin Bachhuber steps into the 5,000-square-foot warehouse and listens to his crickets chirping. The owner and founder of Big Cricket Farms, which raises insects exclusively for human consumption, Bachhuber knows that the frequency and sound of crickets’ chirps can be an indicator of their well-being. […]

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Insect cuisine: not food for insects, insects for food

Tyler Gobin, Staff Columnist The average male’s dorm room or apartment has at least two different brands of supplemented protein powder. It serves as a meal supplement for students on the go and post-workout shakes to maximize the anabolic window. Protein is an irreplaceable part of growing muscles and vital for any college student trying to maximize his or her training. But protein powder regiments can become monotonous, and some flavors can be downright disgusting. […]

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Insects in flour can be a good thing, yes, really

The idea of eating insects bugs many people in the United States, but some food product developers hope that will change. Entomophagy consuming insects is not new, and it isn’t always considered yucky. In Africa, for example, millions of people consume insects not only for sustenance but because they think insects are tasty. In the United States and Europe, not so much. That’s unfortunate, said Laurie Keeler, senior manager of product development in The Food […]

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Feeding the world with bugs

The answer to feeding the world’s growing population? Bugs, according to experts at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Currently, approximately 70% of agricultural land – and 30% of total land on earth – is used to raise livestock. If we’re going to feed 9 billion-plus people in 2050, our eating habits will need to change. “Insects require less feed, less water, less land and less energy to produce […]

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