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The Next New Miracle Superfood: Insects, Scientists Say

Want to boost your energy with high-quality, low-fat protein? Look no further than bugs. According to panel discussions held at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) meeting late last month in New Orleans, insects are the food of the future. Not only are they good for you, they’re a low-cost alternative to animal protein with far less impact on the environment. And if this sounds ridiculously futuristic, think again; cricket-based protein powders are already […]

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Life Is Like a Box of Bugs

Because of the deleterious effect animal agriculture has on the water supply and other natural reserves, new food sources must be considered. The practice of growing and consuming animals for protein is not sustainable. So what’s the alternative? Insects. During the session “Real Pioneers: Experience with Insect Ingredients, Processing, Products, and Marketing, speakers discussed the virtues and necessity of adding insects to the Western diet. Pat Crowley of Chapul Inc. said that insects are extremely […]

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All Things Bugs…So What If You Want To Try Some Insect Powder?

So where can manufacturers get hold of some insect flour to play with? One man who can help is Dr Aaron T Dossey, Georgia-based bug enthusiast and founder of All Things Bugs, who is working with a contract manufacturer in the northeast to produce ingredients (initially whole cricket powder, but in future a whole bunch of other bug-based products from meal-worm powders to meat replacements) using his patented process. Unlike some other cricket crushers, Dr […]

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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 and their production […]

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Insects As The Food Of The Future

CHICAGO, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As the human population grows, it is critical that the drain on the planet’s resources be lessened by decreasing consumption of animal protein. According to two panel discussions on June 23 and 24 at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, insects are a promising, economically viable alternative source of high quality protein that leave a substantially smaller environmental footprint. The […]

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Process tweak yields a superior cricket protein, developer says

Biochemist Aaron Dossey has built a company around a new way to create a protein powder ingredient from crickets. The process yields a superior ingredient with less inputs in the form of heat and time, he said.

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Local business makes protein powder from bugs

The ingredients for a protein bar can include the following: peanuts, fruit, soy and now — bugs.
Aaron Dossey, founder and sole employee of Athens-based All Things Bugs, is seeking to change the protein game with his patent-pending process that turns insects into a healthy powder ingredient.

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Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet

As the human population grows, it is ever more important to temper our levels of consumption of the Earth’s dwindling resources. Humans currently consume at least 40 percent of potential terrestrial productivity, and some 30 percent of the land on Earth is used to pasture and feed livestock. Food reserves are the lowest they’ve been in 40 years, yet—thanks to an expanding population that the United Nations (UN) expects to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050—the demand for food will increase dramatically over the coming decades.

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Contributors – The Scientist

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2013 issue of The Scientist. Aaron Dossey first combined his two passions—insects and chemistry—in his final year of graduate school in 2006, when the University of Florida, Gainesville, had just bought a new nuclear magnetic resonance probe. Dossey brought in several insect specimens he had been keeping at home, and extracted chemical compounds to test the new device. Although his academic research career had focused on biochemistry, in […]

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Local expert gets funding to develop food based on insects

Gainesville entomologist Aaron Dossey wants to feed bugs to starving children to prevent malnutrition, and now he has a $100,000 grant to give it a shot. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday awarded Dossey the grant to develop an insect-based food for children in famine-stricken areas of the world. Dossey said he plans to create a paste or other food product using insects such as crickets, which he said are more accessible than […]

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