How do you cook #waxworms? What kind of #entomophagy dish can you make with them? This Sunday I’m being mysterious about my weekly #edibleinsects recipe. You can either guess in the comments, what kind of #entomocentric cuisine you’d make with waxworms if you wanted to #eatbugs... or you can just spoil the surprise and check out my blog to see what I did with these yummiest of #ediblebugs!
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Ditch the plastic and make your own protein rich edible insects powder, using fresh insects! You can even have a go at growing your own for only £9.99 (see website) Cookies came up a bit on the large size and delicious. We used 100gr fresh mealworms for 500gr flour
Grilo Team's #ecoresolution for 2019 is to keep spreading the word about #ediblebugs as an environmental friendly source of protein.
Each year, around 70 million people are added to the world’s population. If growth continues at this rate, by 2050 the population is expected to reach 9 billion. To feed all of those hungry mouths, we will need to produce almost twice as much food as we currently do. And we already use 70% of agricultural land to raise livestock and it consumes 8% of global human water use. Oceans are overfished, environments are becoming polluted, #climatechangeisreal and disease threaten crop production. With almost 1 billion people already chronically hungry on the planet, it’s evident we need to buck up our ideas in order to make food production more efficient. And we do believe #edibleinsects are the solution!
Compared with cows, pigs, or chickens, crickets require a fraction of the land, water, and food, and produce less greenhouse gases.
Check the facts: - According to @entomofarms if a family of four swapped just one meal a week from beef to insect protein, they would save the Earth 650,000 litres of fresh water in just one year.
- Including the water used to grow the grain to feed the animal, also known as “virtual water”, 1 kg of chicken requires 3500 litres of water and 1 kg of beef requires 22,000 litres of water. To produce 1kg of crickets is necessary not even 1 litre of water!
- According to @cowspiracy livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than all the cars, buses, trains and planes worldwide. Crickets produce 80 times less methane than cattle.
- Crickets are 12 times more efficient in converting feed to meat than cattle, 4 times more efficient than pigs, and 2 times more efficient than chicken.
Crickets are often the first experience that Americans have with #edibleinsects; so much so that there is even a great documentary entitled @thegatewaybugfilm. We feel an obligation to work with crickets more this year to help unlock and understand its flavor for chefs and cooks to be able to further utilize it as an ingredient, and broaden its culinary applications.
Thanks to @entomofarms for these crickets, and a big shout out to all our cricket friends tagged in this photo #brooklynbugs#liketheegg#egggang 🦗
We are refining our fresh #edibleinsects biscuit recipe. 200gr of fresh mealworms will make the perfect amount of insect powder to mix with 1kg of flour. Just add your favourite toppings to the mix. Full video will follow.
"People were more likely to try mealworms — such as these mealworm chocolate truffles sprinkled with coconut — when the ad focused on taste and experience" instead of the environmental benefits 😱
@npr reported that researchers want to know how to make insects more palatable for westerners, as they are a very environmentally-friendly protein alternative to meat. So, they advertised these truffles to 180 volunteers with the phrase "Eating meat has never been so _______,". They ended the sentence with either "good for the environment," "good for the body," "exotic" or "delicious." People who heard the last two were more likely to try the truffles.
While being eco-friendly is certainly a benefit of eating insects, it will take a different marketing approach to get people over the hurdle. As we've seen with our own clients, environmental messaging works best when it's about the "why" instead of the "how" - people just need to see how the environmental option can benefit them. .
Thanks to the Committee on Climate Change @theCCCuk Indra Thillainathan for listening to our view; Edible Insects Urban farming can revolutionise UK protein production and remove the environmental impact of a long supply chain, freeze drying, plastic packaging.
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We are so grateful when we meet people who share their expertise and knowledge of insects with us. @sorkinlouis from @amnh has been an invaluable resource in our work, but more importantly, is a wonderful human, and a great friend.
He stopped by last year to provide us with these #manducasexta for our research and for the #brooklynbugs#bugsgiving - thank you Lou! We also included a candid picture of the one and only @thebugchef and Dave Gracer sampling them.
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My uncle wrapped these Korean sweet potatoes in foil and cooked them over coals for my family. We decided to garnish them with @mercimercado_us’ chapulines (grasshoppers), creme fraiche, jalapenos, radish, and grasshopper salt. Absolutely delicious!
Essential amino acids can't be made by the human body so they must come from our diet. The body uses amino acids to make proteins to help.....
✔️Break down food
✔️Repair body tissue
✔️many other functions
Keep an eye out for this guy 👆🏼 in the news today. He’s talking to the press about how we’re making the pet food industry more sustainable with insect protein.
Have a look at our stories for more.
We will be focusing a lot of our food this year with a more ento-vegetarian approach, but we still think there’s value to introduce people to #edibleinsects by pairing them with a protein that they are familiar with and that compliment one another well.
This is our Vespula Flaviceps (Japanese wasps from @entomarket) crudo with @thebetterfish, yuzu-usukuchi soy sauce, and habanero and jalapeño slivers (we like the idea of some spice, to mimic a sting). This dish is dedicated to our new friend who follows our page with her daughter Violet—who particularly happens to love wasps. #brooklynbugs
What is your favorite dish—maybe it’s grilled rib eye steaks, or butter poached lobster, or fried chicken...and how often do you eat it? Just because something is a part of your diet, and even if it is your favorite dish, doesn’t mean you eat it daily.
The same goes for incorporating #edibleinsects into your diet. Maybe you’ll find yourself adding cricket powder to your pancakes for breakfast, or making some grasshopper tacos, or simply adding black ants to your favorite dessert.
We advocate for you to incorporate edible insects into your diet, and maybe you’ll eat it once a week, maybe more. We aren’t saying you should give up everything else and just eat insects—that’d be absurd!
We’ll be sharing a lot of dishes and menu ideas, and be posting them onto our page regularly, so stay tuned! Pictured here are @mercimercado_us’ chapulines (grasshoppers). #brooklynbugs
Have you ever heard of Entoveganism?
It is a form of sustainable veganism boosted by Entomophagy (human consumption of insects)
🦗Josh Galt started Entovegan.com to showcase his personal exploration of a plant-based lifestyle, giving up meat, but adding insects and insect-based protein and products. He found there are already many people around the world who practice some form of the entovegan (or entotarian) lifestyle!
🕷The common criticisms of standard veganism regarding a lack of vitamins and nutrients, may be met by an increase in the diet of edible insects (which contain large amounts of B12, calcium, iron, zinc, protein, and more). That's something he has been exploring further with Entoveganism in general.
🐜"I'm still working on refining these ideas, and getting feedback from many people, some who are supportive and some who are quite skeptical. Which is great! After a year and a half though of eating an ENTOvegan diet rich in edible insects, I'm feeling better than ever and just as strong. I'm no longer trying to prove the diet wrong, I've pretty much come to total acceptance that eating a plant-based diet boosted with extra nutrition, minerals, and protein from insects is really a great way to go"
👉🏼Check out Josh's journey, recipes, and blogg at entovegan.com. He is also on FB & IG - @entovegan .
🤙🏽 We just love what he is doing to educate the world about entomophagy in a healthy and sustainable way! 🌎
Remember when you first ate a vegetable? Did you love eating veggies as a kid—if you’re like most kids, probably not...but you trained your palate, and taught yourself to eventually come to enjoy eating them.
This consideration and learned behavior was probably with your health in mind. Would you consider adopting another habit if it not only benefited your health, but also had a tremendous impact on our earth and #climatechange? Would you consider trying #edibleinsects if you knew that billions of people already ate them? What if some of these people eventually included your best friends, your family, and co-workers?
The @unitednations’s @fao endorses edible insects as a solution to address the issues of food scarcity and sustainability with the burgeoning human population, dwindling resources, and increasing risk of climate change in mind.
Pictured here are silkworm pupae (from @entomarket)—an ingredient that is often eaten as a snack and sold as street food in Korea. We will be sharing a lot of new ento-ideas and recipes for you to start cooking at home this year. #themoreyouknow#bethechange#brooklynbugs
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Need reasons to start growing your own #edibleinsects ? Good for you, good for the wildlife around you, and it will only cost you £9.99 including UK postage.
This cute birdie sits on our fence every day. It will sing and sing until we come out with some grub! Check our website to order your #growyourownfood starter pack (beetles included)
Does it "bug" you that I'm snacking on some #locusts at #eatbugsdetriot ? 🐛 🍴💛 Learning a lot about the importance of presenting insects to the public in the right way. We have to be careful not to sensationalize them. At the same time, it's important to celebrate the small shifts in culture we're seeing around the ways people are willing to interact with edible insects. Food for thought... ✌🏼️ #entomophagy#ediblebugs#yummy#healthyfood#naturalfood#bugible